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MSNBC Spikes Three Hours of Afternoon Lineup

21 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

MSNBC is canceling three more hours of daytime programming as it works to rechristen itself as a place for hard news, not progressive views, in the hours leading up to the early evening.

Gone are “The Cycle,” “Now With Alex Wagner” and “The Ed Show” as of Friday, MSNBC president Phil Griffin told network staffers in a memo Thursday. Wagner is expected to stay with MSNBC and cover the politics beat as coverage of the 2016 election increases. Ari Melber of “The Cycle” will continue as the network’s chief legal correspondent. Other hosts — Ed Schultz, Krystal Ball, Abby Huntsman and Toure — will leave the network, Griffin said.

In February the network spiked programs anchored by Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid in favor of a headlines-driven two-hour chunk led by Thomas Roberts.

A new program hosted by “Meet the Press” anchor Chuck Todd, which has yet to be named, will replace “The Ed Show” at 5 p. »

- Brian Steinberg

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MSNBC Cancels ‘The Cycle,’ Abby Huntsman and Krystal Ball Out

22 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

MSNBC has cancelled its 3 p.m. Et roundtable show “The Cycle,” an insider familiar with the network told TheWrap. We’re also told co-hosts Krystal Ball and Abby Huntsman will not remain with the network. Ari Melber will remain with the network as its chief legal correspondent and substitute host. The status of Toure is not known at this time. It is also not clear what will replace the program. MSNBC president Phil Griffin is currently speaking with staff. Also Read: Inside NBC News Turmoil: Deborah Turness Sidelined, Brian Williams Eyed as MSNBC's 'Face of Daytime' (Exclusive) The Cycle was an attempt by MSNBC. »

- Jordan Chariton

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ABC’s David Muir Fights Back in TV-News Battle With NBC’s Lester Holt

28 July 2015 8:11 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The fight for evening-news dominance between ABC’s “World News Tonight” and NBC’s “NBC Nightly News” isn’t over yet — even if the NBC newscast has made great strides since Lester Holt officially took its reins in late June.

The ABC newscast, anchored by David Muir, won more of the viewers desired by advertisers in news programming than NBC’s in the five days between July 20 and July 24, according to Nielsen. It is the first time in five weeks that the ABC program has trumped NBC in this ratings category. “Nightly News” remained the most-watched evening newscast on broadcast TV, a position it has enjoyed for five consecutive weeks.

The two networks have been enveloped in a push-and-pull fracas for months. ABC’s newscast under Muir has made significant strides against NBC’s. Muir took over the anchor desk from Diane Sawyer in September of last year. As NBC »

- Brian Steinberg

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Alex Wallace, One of NBC’s Most Senior News Executives, Departs

24 July 2015 1:21 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Alexandra Wallace, a senior NBC News executive who has supervised everything from “Today” to “Meet the Press” and was regarded as the second-in-command at the sprawling NBCUniversal news division, is leaving the organization after a decade, a person familiar with the situation confirmed.

“Thank you @NBCNews for a great decade. Onward,” Wallace said on Twitter Friday. Her departure was reported previously by TVNewser.

Thank you @NBCNews for a great decade. Onward.

Alex Wallace (@alexjwallace) July 24, 2015

Wallace leaves as NBC News is getting marching orders from a new guiding force. Andrew Lack, a former president and chief operating officer of NBC (in the days before it was transformed into NBCUniversal), was in April named to oversee both NBC News and MSNBC as both units faced difficult challenges. NBC News was in the midst of grappling with the fallout related to former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams, and MSNBC has seen »

- Brian Steinberg

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NBC News Chief Andy Lack to MSNBC Staffers: Expect Renewed Unity Between Two Networks

23 July 2015 9:25 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Amid swirling media reports of a daytime shakeup that will cancel several shows, MSNBC/NBC News chairman Andrew Lack addressed network staffers Thursday at a town hall event. He told them “how close NBC and MSNBC will be,” one network insider told TheWrap. No big announcements of show cancelations or incoming new shows were made. Lack will be closing the divide between the two networks, which has been marked by a tenuous relationship over the years as high-profile NBC News anchors and reporters weren’t thrilled to go on MSNBC due to its overtly progressive brand. Also Read: Insiders: Brian Williams Stumps MSNBC as. »

- Jordan Chariton

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Chuck Todd Expected to Host New Show on MSNBC

23 July 2015 6:29 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd is expected to return to MSNBC to host a one-hour program, a person familiar with the situation confirmed to Variety.

Todd, who used to host a late-morning program on the network, would continue to anchor the NBC Sunday public-affairs program he took over from David Gregory in the fall of 2014. An announcement about the new program could come as soon as today, this person said, with its time to be determined. Reports published Thursday suggested the new Todd program could air in the late afternoon or early evening.

News of the program was reported previously by Mediaite and Politico.

Announcement of the new program comes as MSNBC executives have been working to stem a ratings slide at the network. Over several months, shows based on hosts who offer a progressive or liberal view on issues have lost traction. In daytime, MSNBC has focused more heavily on breaking-news reportage, »

- Brian Steinberg

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PBS and CBS leads News & Documentary Emmys nominations

22 July 2015 10:50 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

PBS nabbed a leading 57 nominations while CBS was second with 44 as finalists for the 36th annual edition of the News and Documentary Emmys were announced Wednesday. (See the full list of nominations Here.) Among the pubcaster's dozen programs singled out for nominations, the leaders were: 13 for "Pov," 11 for "Nature," 10 for "Independent Lens" and nine for "Frontline." The Tiffany net's Sunday night staple "60 Minutes" racked up a staggering 29 nominations while "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" earned six and "Sunday Morning" three.  -Break- ABC has 17 nominations, with nine of those going to "Nightline" and three to "20/20."   NBC landed 14, including four apiece for "Dateline" and "NBC Nightly News" (in the post-Brian Williams era).  CNN picked up 10, including four for "Anderson Cooper 360.&quot..." »

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Michael Wolff, Bill Carter Join Hollywood Reporter as Contributing Editors

15 July 2015 1:36 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Well-known and highly respected reporters and authors Bill Carter and Michael Wolff have joined The Hollywood Reporter as contributing editors. Carter and Wolff will write for both THR's print magazine and its website. Wolff, an author and columnist who writes frequently about the media business, has been contributing to the magazine since last year. He has written about various media subjects, companies and personalities ranging from Rupert Murdoch to Brian Williams to Sumner Redstone. His most recent books include Television Is the New Television: The Unexpected Triumph of Old Media in the Digital Age and the Murdoch biography The

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- THR Staff

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TV Ratings: NBC and Lester Holt Reclaim Lead in Tight Evening News Race

14 July 2015 9:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The evening news ratings seesaw continues to teeter, now falling back in favor of NBC. Three weeks into Lester Holt's official tenure as anchor of Nightly News, and five months after he took Brian Williams' old seat, the nightly broadcast has regained No. 1 status for the 2014-15 season. Nightly is now outperforming ABC's World News Tonight by a narrow margin of 5,000 viewers in the key news demographic, averaging 2.086 million adults 25-54. Among total viewers, NBC still holds a strong advantage of 355,000 viewers with its average 8.784 million. Read More Michael

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- Michael O'Connell

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Lester Holt Helps ‘NBC Nightly News’ Retake Lead in Ad Demo Over ABC

14 July 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In just a few short weeks as the now-official anchor of NBC’s “Nightly News,” Lester Holt has moved the newscast in an important benchmark: The NBC newscast has taken back the lead in the audience most coveted by advertisers from ABC’s “World News Tonight.”

To be sure, the gain is slim. Season to date as of July 10, NBC’s “Nightly” has won an average of 2.086 million viewers between 25 and 54, the crowd most desired by sponsors of news programming. That figure is just 5,000 more than the average won season to date by “World News.”

The distinction is an important one. Should NBC be able to build on that difference, it would lend the newscast more leverage with advertisers. NBC and ABC were tied in the advertiser audience for the season as of the prior week, according to Nielsen, and ABC had gained an edge over NBC in recent weeks. »

- Brian Steinberg

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Donald Trump -- NBC Needs to Worry About 'Lying' Brian Williams (Video)

11 July 2015 10:20 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Donald Trump must be fed up with getting bashed in the media ... because he lashed out with a pot shot of his own ... at his ex-biz partner NBC, and its embattled news anchor Brian Williams. Trump fielded a lot of questions about his Mexican immigrants comments during a Friday news conference in L.A. -- but really went off when the subject of NBC dumping him came up ... Trump went for the jugular. Check out »

- TMZ Staff

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Regis Philbin Reunites With Kathie Lee Gifford as ‘Today’ Show Contributor

9 July 2015 7:59 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Regis Philbin is joining NBC’s “Today” show as a fourth hour contributor, joining resident wine-guzzlers Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Philbin will participate once per month, according to the on-air Thursday show announcement. “Regis brings his legendary charm and humor each time he visits ‘Today,'” said Tammy Filler, co-executive producer of “Today.” “His energy is infectious, and when Regis is around, you never know what will happen.” Also Read: Brian Williams Breaks Silence in Matt Lauer Interview Philbin and Gifford hosted “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee” for 15 years from 1985 to 2000, through which he earned 24 Daytime Emmy. »

- Tony Maglio

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Keith Olbermann and MSNBC: Why It’s Time for a Reunion

8 July 2015 4:06 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Occasionally, a breakup proves a big mistake for both parties. Witness the strange case of MSNBC and Keith Olbermann.

The struggling cable network and the well-traveled host have both been back in the headlines – him, as of today, with official word that his contract won’t be extended at Espn; and MSNBC with the news that Brian Williams will land there, giving the NBC News anchor a second chance on the company’s second-tier network.

While their relationship was often rancorous, Olbermann’s lengthy and biting commentary not only branded and defined MSNBC but set the channel on its current course. Indeed, the NBC-owned network’s entire lineup of primetime hosts – Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, Chris Hayes – were essentially spun out of Olbermann’s ribs, as management sought to build on Olbermann’s success by becoming a liberal counterweight to Fox News Channel.

For his part, Olbermann enjoyed both »

- Brian Lowry

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Lester Holt’s ‘Nightly News’ Beats a David Muir-Less ‘World News Tonight’ in Both Total Viewers and Demo

8 July 2015 6:54 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lester Holt won both total viewers and 25-54 demo viewers for the week of June 29th, beating “World News Tonight” which was without anchor David Muir. Nightly News attracted 8,449,000 viewers and 2,031,000 A25-54 demo viewers vs. Wnt’s 7,498,000 viewers and 1,786,000 viewers. A win is a win for NBC, who is surely hoping to see more victories out of its new Nightly News host vs. the up-and-coming Muir. Also Read: Lester Holt Thanks Brian Williams, Viewers in Official 'NBC Nightly News' Debut With Muir back, this week’s ratings will show if Holt’s impressive victory this week was a sign of momentum. »

- Jordan Chariton

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Insiders: Brian Williams Stumps MSNBC as Executives Debate Anchor’s Role (Exclusive)

2 July 2015 10:32 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Brian Williams might have his MSNBC title ironed out, but how he’ll actually be used is still very much in doubt among MSNBC executives, a network insider told TheWrap. “Management is still developing exactly how Bw”s role will work. They have the outline, but don’t have any of the details worked out. They are supposedly working on that between now and when Bw arrives in August,” the insider said. Williams will have his own breaking news unit at the network, similar to what Fox News created around Shepard Smith when he moved out of the 7 p.m. »

- Jordan Chariton

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Donald Trump Keeps Getting Fired: Read His Latest Responses to Macy's, NBC

1 July 2015 5:35 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

No one can stop firing Donald Trump, but he's employing a trick "The Apprentice" cast should've tried: Insist you're the one doing the firing. On Monday, NBC announced it was cutting ties with the presidential candidate after his comments about Mexican immigrants. NBC is no longer airing the Miss USA pageant, which also lost its hosts. Trump did not back down. He posted his own dumping news, which you can read below. But first, check out this new breakup statement from Macy's, via Deadline:

Macy's is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion. We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form. We welcome all customers, and respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture. We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans »

- Gina Carbone

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Cable News Ratings: CNN, Fox News Continue to Grow at MSNBC’s Expense

30 June 2015 11:25 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox News remained the overwhelming primetime choice for cable news viewers during a busy second quarter of this year, and both it and a more competitive CNN were up double-digits in the key news demo vs. last year — pushing MSNBC farther down the ratings totem pole.

CNN had a strong quarter relative to the competition on a total-day basis, as it was up 31% in the news demo of adults 25-54 and 26% in total viewers, according to Nielsen estimates. Fnc was about even (down 2% in 25-54, up 4% in total viewers) while MSNBC slid 17% in adults 25-54 and dipped 5% in total viewers.

MSNBC’s biggest news for the quarter was the announcement of former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams joining the network, which is still in the early months of Andrew Lack’s leadership as chairman.

Among individual programs for the quarter, Fox News could claim the top six in adults »

- Rick Kissell

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Lester Holt Wins Ratings Battle In First Week As Official NBC Anchor

30 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In his first week as the official anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” Lester Holt attracted more viewers — and more of the viewers that advertisers crave — than ABC’s “World News Tonight,” a signal that the ongoing push and pull between the two newscasts, and the networks behind them, is likely to continue.

NBC Nightly News,” which now uses Holt’s name in its title, drew an average of 1,970,000 viewers between the ages of 25 and 54 for the five days ended June 26, according to Nielsen, compared with 1,933,000 for ABC’s “World News Tonight” with David Muir and 1,473,000 for CBS’ “CBS Evening News” with Scott Pelley. Advertisers place more emphasis on this age group when negotiating prices for their support of news programming.

“Nightly News” attracted an average of 8,048,000 viewers during the same time period, according to Nielsen. In comparison, “World News” lured an average of 7,722,000 and “Evening News” an average of 6,608,000.


- Brian Steinberg

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NBC Fires Donald Trump, Read the Official Statement

29 June 2015 1:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

NBC has fired Donald Trump after the new Presidential candidate made derogatory statements about immigrants. The network will no longer air Donald Trump's Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, and he will no longer be a part of the network's hit reality show The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice. Here's the network's full statement below.

At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC . In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in The Apprentice on NBC. Celebrity Apprentice is licensed from Mark Burnett's United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue. »

- MovieWeb

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Donald Trump -- NBC is 'Weak' ... Threatens Lawsuit

29 June 2015 1:05 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Donald Trump says NBC is "weak" for firing him, and he's threatening them in court. Trump says NBC is a prime example of why our country is in serious trouble ... because it's so worried about offending, it is blinding itself to the immigration problem. Trump says, "If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, »

- TMZ Staff

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