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MSNBC’s Re-Do Will Make it Look More Like NBC News Channel

When MSNBC viewers tune in to the network next week during daytime hours, they might not be faulted for thinking they’re watching a longer “special report” from NBC News.

On camera will be veterans like Andrea Mitchell and Brian Williams, “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd and Kate Snow, just named anchor of the Sunday edition of “NBC Nightly News.” Behind the scenes: Pat Burkey, who has been executive producer of the weekday edition of “Nightly” for the past four years, will take over leadership of MSNBC’s afternoon coverage. And Izzy Povich, who like Burkey, was working at MSNBC when it launched in 1996 and was focused more on breaking-news coverage and less on a progressive take on the stories of the moment, will move to run morning coverage. Mark Lukasiewicz, a senior vice president of specials at NBC News, was named to coordinate coverage between NBC and MSNBC during big,
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MSNBC Axes Ed Schultz, Alex Wagner and 'The Cycle'

MSNBC president Phil Griffin on Friday informed staffers that he is cancelling three afternoon programs: roundtable discussion show The Cycle as well as Now With Alex Wagner and The Ed Show, hosted by Ed Schultz. Friday, July 31, will be the final show for all three. Schultz and Cycle hosts Krystal Ball, Abby Huntsman and Toure will leave the network, while Wagner will stay on to cover the 2016 presidential election. Meanwhile, Chuck Todd, who earlier this year was made host of Meet the Press, will host a daily program at 5 p.m. Major changes have been expected across MSNBC's dayside

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MSNBC Spikes Three Hours of Afternoon Lineup

MSNBC Spikes Three Hours of Afternoon Lineup
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.
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MSNBC Daytime Overhaul: Alex Wagner, Ed Schultz, ‘The Cycle’ Canceled; Chuck Todd Returns

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MSNBC canceled three daytime programs Thursday in the first of several moves that hopes to put a jolt into its flailing ratings. “The Cycle,” co-hosted by Ari Melber, Toure, Abby Huntsman and Krystal Ball was canceled at 3 p.m.Et; “Now” with Alex Wagner is out at 4 p.m. Et; and “The Ed Show” with Ed Schultz is gone at 5 p.m. Et. It’s not clear who will host at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. but Todd is expected to anchor a 5 p.m. program similar to his former program “The Daily Rundown.” Alex Wagner and Ari Melber are expected to stay with.
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MSNBC Decides: Touré Is Out, Rev. Al Stays (For Now)

It was just Wednesday when I reported on some big possible changes coming to MSNBC to improve its sinking ratings. Last time it was rumored that "The Ed Show" with Ed Schultz, "All In with Chris Hayes" and "PoliticsNation" with Rev. Al Sharpton were on the chopping black, and that Keith Olbermann could possibly return to the network, despite some network execs’ apprehensive fears. Well it’s now being reported, by various news sources, that the network has decided what to do: "The Ed Show" will be cancelled, along with their afternoon shows, "Now with Alex Wagner" and MSNBC’s rather lame attempt to be all hip and trendy to ...
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Friday Cable Ratings: Ed Schultz Last in Demo Across CNN, Fox and MSNBC

On Friday evening, MSNBC’s The Ed Show was the lowest rated show in the 25-54 demo across that network, as well as Fox News and CNN. Ed Schultz's show averaged 53K viewers in the demo, while CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer had nearly double that number with 94K and Fox's The Five had nearly six times that number with 295K at 5 p.m.
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Monday Cable Ratings: Ed Schultz Last in Demo on Fox, CNN, MSNBC

With just 51K viewers in the 25-54 demo, The Ed Show was the lowest-rated show across CNN, Fox News and MSNBC Monday. During the 5 p.m. time slot, Fox News' The Five had nearly eight times the viewers that Ed Schultz did in the demo with 387K and CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer nearly tripled the MSNBC show with 140K.
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Friday Cable Ratings: Ed Schultz Last in Demo Across Fox, CNN, MSNBC

The Ed Show on MSNBC was the lowest-rated show in the 25-54 demo across that network as well as Fox News and CNN between the hours of 5 p.m. and midnight Et Friday night. Ed Schultz's program had 79K viewers in the demo at 5 p.m. and was the only show on all three networks during those hours to draw less than 100K viewers.
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MSNBC to Launch Ronan Farrow, Joy Reid In Daytime

MSNBC to Launch Ronan Farrow, Joy Reid In Daytime
MSNBC said it would launch two new programs in its daytime schedule, including one hosted by Ronan Farrow, a Rhodes scholar and former Obama foreign policy official whose celebrity lineage has drawn much scrutiny.

The network, which has made several prominent shuffles to its daytime and early evening schedules in recent weeks, said it would launch Farrow in an hour-long program starting February 24 at 1 p.m. Joy Reid, a contributor to MSNBC, will host a program at 2 p.m. The two programs that occupied those time slots – “Andrea Mitchell Reports” and “NewsNation with Tamron Hall” – to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

“Ronan and Joy are two of the most thoughtful and impressive journalists out there and I’m excited for what they will bring to the afternoon,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a prepared statement.

The two hours Mitchell and Hall will soon inhabit are currently devoted to regular news coverage.
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The Seven Most Tiresome Media Trends of 2013

The Seven Most Tiresome Media Trends of 2013
In preparing to ring in the new year, let’s bid a not-so-fond farewell to seven media trends that remained inordinately prominent – and especially tiresome – during 2013.

Granted, this farewell is, at best, temporary. Media folk are, after all, creatures of habit. Yet while it would be naïve to hope any of these irritants can be retired, it would be lovely to see at least some of them reduced in the year ahead:

Foot-in-the-mouth firings. As it turned out, 2013 was an unusually good year for people saying stupid things on TV – or committing social-media suicide via 140-character outbursts on Twitter. Granted, this should have served notice to those who toil in some form of communications that they should actually think before they speak or tweet, but the rapid-response armies of peasants with pitchforks have a way of turning each of these interludes into its own over-saturated, media-scrum monstrosity.

At the very least,
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Chris Matthews: Why Less Is More for MSNBC

Chris Matthews: Why Less Is More for MSNBC
When it comes to long-running program “Hardball,” one hour seems to be better than two for MSNBC.

Since the NBCUniversal cable-news outlet canceled the 5 p.m. edition of the veteran Chris Matthews’ program on August 26, ratings for the 7 p.m. edition – which used to be a rerun – have experienced a noticeable hike. And slightly more people are watching the earlier timeslot with “The Ed Show” than they were when Matthews held sway.

According to Nielsen, the average number of viewers for “Hardball” at 7 p.m. between August 26 and November 5 has increased to about 919,000, from an average of 479,000 for the month prior to the switch and an average of 625,000 between December 31 and August 23. Those figures represent hikes of 92% and 47%, respectively.

In the audience most desired by advertisers in news programming, people between the ages of 25 and 54, Matthews’ 7 p.m. audience is also up. Between August 26 and November 5 , ratings in the demo
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Wednesday Cable News Ratings: Chris Hayes’ Disastrous Night, Falls Below 100 in Demo

Ed Schultz's The Ed Show was the lowest rated show across MSNBC (as well as CNN and Fox) in the 25-54 demo with 78K viewers. At the same time, he was the second highest rated show on MSNBC Wednesday evening in terms of total viewers. Schultz's show had 614K total viewers, second only to The Rachel Maddow Show, which had 695K total viewers.
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CNN To Force ‘Crossfire’ Hosts To Find Common Ground

CNN To Force ‘Crossfire’ Hosts To Find Common Ground
CNN’s revived “Crossfire” program will still feature a host “from the right” and another “from the left,” but by the end of the show’s 30 minutes, the debaters will have to find some way to meet in the middle.

The final segment of a new relaunched version of what is arguably the Time Warner network’s best-known program will be called “Cease Fire,” said CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist in remarks made to reporters Friday, and will offer “an opportunity for hosts to look for common ground at the end of the program.”

Clearly, the show may still be called “Crossfire” but CNN is eager to keep it from gunning down discourse about the important issues of the day.

When the cable-news outlet on Monday brings “Crossfire” out of a slumber that has lasted around eight years, it will do so with the demise of its last version firmly in mind.
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MSNBC Returns Ed Schultz to Weekday Schedule

MSNBC Returns Ed Schultz to Weekday Schedule
Ed Schultz continues to bounce around the MSNBC programming schedule, this time moving back to weekdays after a stint hosting during weekends.

The host and his “Ed Show” will move to the NBCUniversal cable-news outlet’s 5 p.m. slot on weekdays starting Aug. 26, the network said Monday. Schultz and “The Ed Show” had been featured Saturdays and Sundays at 5 p.m. since April. Prior to that, Schultz held forth during primetime on weeknights, anchoring the network’s 8 p.m. hour.

MSNBC said “Hardball With Chris Matthews” would continue to run weeknights at 7, but that Schultz’s new slot would take Matthews off what Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, called “double duty.” Matthews’ program has been running at both 5 and 7 weeknights. “Chris Matthews and the ‘Hardball’ team have been pulling double duty for years,” Griffin said in a prepared statement. “This move will concentrate the ‘Hardball’ audience to one key time
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MSNBC Moves Ed Schultz Back to Weekdays

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MSNBC Moves Ed Schultz Back to Weekdays
MSNBC just doesn't know what to do with Ed Schultz. Nearly five months after moving Schultz's "The Ed Show" from 8 p.m. weekdays to 5 p.m. weekends to make room for "All In with Chris Hayes," MSNBC is moving "The Ed Show" back to weekdays in the 5 p.m. slot., the network announced on Monday. "Hardball with Chris Matthews," which formerly occupied that timeslot and was rerun at 7 p.m., will now air new episodes at 7 p.m. Also read: Chris Hayes Replacing Ed Schultz on MSNBC Primetime Lineup "Chris Matthews and the 'Hardball'
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MSNBC Moves Ed Schultz Back to Weeknights (Exclusive)

MSNBC Moves Ed Schultz Back to Weeknights (Exclusive)
Ed Schultz will move back to weekdays in the 5 p.m. slot beginning Aug. 26, the network is set to announce on Monday. The move comes less than five months after The Ed Show moved from 8 p.m. Monday-Friday to 5-7 p.m. on weekends. That announcement last March was preceded by months of media speculation that Schultz was losing the leadoff slot in MSNBC's primetime lineup. Schultz made the announcement on his show, saying there were "a number of personal and professional reasons" for the move to weekends.   "Ed has proven himself no matter where we've

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Fox News Shakes Up its Long-Stable Program Lineup

Fox News Channel has long burnished slogans such as “Fair and Balanced” and “We Report, You Decide.” But it may just as well have used this old chestnut: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

For years, the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-newser has dominated its category, and as such, it’s had little reason to make the schedule and program changes more common at rivals CNN and MSNBC.

In 2013, however, Fnc is planning some changes of its own. Earlier this month, the news outlet announced it will place popular anchor Megyn Kelly in primetime, with a new schedule to be unveiled at a later date. Veteran “Fox & Friends” co-host Gretchen Carlson is moving to a new daytime show from her ayem perch in early fall, while former “The View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is slated to join the network’s morning program in mid-September. Veteran media reporter and CNN
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MSNBC Sets May 11 Bow For Weekend ‘Ed Show’

Ed Schultz‘s move to the weekend shift on MSNBC begins May 11, when a one-hour The Ed Show will premiere in the 5 Pm Et slot, with its lead-in the new hourlong show hosted by former Democratic National Committee spokesperson Karen Finney, which still doesn’t have a name. MSNBC said Ed Show will expand to two hours later in the summer. James Holm, who exec produces Schultz’s daily radio show, is acting executive producer of the TV show, which was moved out of its weeknight 8 Et slot this month to make way for Chris Hayes’ new show All In.
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TV Ratings: CNN's Latest Launch Starts Low, MSNBC Sees Solid Debut for Chris Hayes

April 1 proved more fun for MSNBC than CNN. Both networks saw primetime launches Monday night, with Chris Hayes' All In and (Get to) The Point seeing their respective opens bring very different results. Ed Schultz replacement Hayes made his primetime debut at 8 p.m., bringing in 859,000 total viewers and 298,000 adults 25-54. MSNBC continued to trail time-slot leader The O'Reilly Factor -- Scott Brown guest hosted for Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly -- but did see demo gains from Schultz. The Ed Show averaged just 205,000 viewers in the key demo during the first

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