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MSNBC won't bring Brian Williams back to primetime after Chris Matthews exit
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Miloch
2020-03-04 18:39:02 UTC
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Chris Matthews’ retirement announcement Monday has thrown into sharp relief just
how much of MSNBC’s lineup is in flux, sources say.

Tuesday afternoon, Page Six exclusively reported that Shepard Smith, Steve
Kornacki and Joy Reid are jostling for Matthews’ 7 p.m. weeknight slot amid a
chaotic anchor reshuffling at MSNBC. Reid is said to be the favorite, while
Brian Williams isn’t even in the running. (The 7 o’clock slot will no longer be
called “Hardball,” as Matthews owns the name.)

Former Fox News anchor Smith, who quit “Shepard Smith Reporting” in October, is
plotting his return to TV and has been in talks with CNN and MSNBC execs. But a
source close to the talks says Shep is less likely to take over Matthews’ slot
because “he wants a lot of money, and looks more suited to the afternoon, rather
than 7.” Plus, Shep prefers breaking news to commentary and analysis, which at 7
is key to kicking off MSNBC’s evening lineup, the source added.

Kornacki is a national political correspondent for NBC News, while Reid — the
host of MSNBC’s popular weekend show “AM Joy” and a popular substitute for other
MSNBC hosts — is currently the most likely to take over at 7 p.m., according to
TV insiders.

But this won’t be BriWi’s prime-time redemption, even though he’s a hit at 11
p.m., earning viewers’ trust back after his 2015 “Lyin’ Brian” scandal. Another
insider said Williams is “happy and winning in the ratings at 11 p.m. If
he was put at 7 to usher in prime time, he’d be judged very differently. The
audience wants red meat at 7, not a news recap.” NBC reps didn’t comment.

The drama belies a bigger problem at MSNBC involving almost the entire lineup.
Chuck Todd was offered 9 a.m., but after months is no closer to a deal.
Stephanie Ruhle hosts at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. If Todd switches, Ruhle could move to
3 p.m. to flex her financial expertise for the market close.

NPR’s Joshua Johnson was hired as an anchor months ago but has yet to land a
slot, and Nicolle Wallace is said to have been offered a deal to extend her slot
from 4 to 6  p.m. — but she’s still only on for an hour. Another insider
said, “Nicolle would have been the obvious choice for 7, but she prefers
starting earlier, at 4.”



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super70s
2020-03-04 22:22:58 UTC
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Chris Matthews retirement announcement Monday has thrown into sharp relief
just how much of MSNBC's lineup is in flux, sources say.
Tuesday afternoon, Page Six exclusively reported that Shepard Smith, Steve
Kornacki and Joy Reid are jostling for Matthews 7 p.m. weeknight slot amid a
chaotic anchor reshuffling at MSNBC. Reid is said to be the favorite, while
Brian Williams isn't even in the running. (The 7 o'clock slot will no longer
be called "Hardball," as Matthews owns the name.)
Wonder how he swung owning the name permanently, a contract perk? Oh
well at least he'll have a name for his new podcast when he gets
suitably bored after a while.
Post by Miloch
Former Fox News anchor Smith, who quit "Shepard Smith Reporting" in October,
is plotting his return to TV and has been in talks with CNN and MSNBC execs. But
a source close to the talks says Shep is less likely to take over Matthews
slot because "he wants a lot of money, and looks more suited to the afternoon,
rather than 7." Plus, Shep prefers breaking news to commentary and analysis,
which at 7's key to kicking off MSNBC's evening lineup, the source added.
Kornacki is a national political correspondent for NBC News, while Reid -- the
host of MSNBC's popular weekend show "AM Joy" and a popular substitute for
other MSNBC hosts -- is currently the most likely to take over at 7 p.m.,
according to TV insiders.
But this won't be BriWi's prime-time redemption, even though he's a hit at 11
p.m., earning viewers trust back after his 2015 "Lyin' Brian" scandal.
Another insider said Williams is "happy and winning in the ratings at 11:00 p.m.
If he was put at 7 to usher in prime time, he'd be judged very differently. The
audience wants red meat at 7, not a news recap." NBC reps didn't comment.
Williams' bosses at MSNBC should set him down and say, "You know, Brian,
everything that comes out of your mouth doesn't have to be the most glib
statement ever uttered on TV."
Post by Miloch
The drama belies a bigger problem at MSNBC involving almost the entire
lineup. Chuck Todd was offered 9 a.m., but after months is no closer to a deal.
Stephanie Ruhle hosts at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. If Todd switches, Ruhle could move
to 3 p.m. to flex her financial expertise for the market close.
NPR's Joshua Johnson was hired as an anchor months ago but has yet to land a
slot, and Nicolle Wallace is said to have been offered a deal to extend her
slot from 4 to 6:00 p.m. -- but she's still only on for an hour. Another
insider said, "Nicolle would have been the obvious choice for 7, but she prefers
starting earlier, at 4:00."
Personally I'd rather see Kornacki or Wallace get Matthews' old spot
over Reid.

I think David Gregory who got the bum's rush by NBC several years ago is
a sharp commentator, he's occasionally on CNN now. If a pompous
character like Williams can be rehabilitated by NBC I don't see why
Gregory couldn't either.
A Friend
2020-03-04 22:48:03 UTC
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Chris Matthews retirement announcement Monday has thrown into sharp
relief just how much of MSNBC's lineup is in flux, sources say.
Tuesday afternoon, Page Six exclusively reported that Shepard
Smith, Steve Kornacki and Joy Reid are jostling for Matthews 7 p.m.
weeknight slot amid a chaotic anchor reshuffling at MSNBC. Reid is
said to be the favorite, while Brian Williams isn't even in the
running. (The 7 o'clock slot will no longer be called "Hardball,"
as Matthews owns the name.)
Wonder how he swung owning the name permanently, a contract perk? Oh
well at least he'll have a name for his new podcast when he gets
suitably bored after a while.
Post by Miloch
Former Fox News anchor Smith, who quit "Shepard Smith Reporting" in
October, is plotting his return to TV and has been in talks with
CNN and MSNBC execs. But a source close to the talks says Shep is
less likely to take over Matthews slot because "he wants a lot of
money, and looks more suited to the afternoon, rather than 7."
Plus, Shep prefers breaking news to commentary and analysis, which
at 7's key to kicking off MSNBC's evening lineup, the source added.
Kornacki is a national political correspondent for NBC News, while
Reid -- the host of MSNBC's popular weekend show "AM Joy" and a
popular substitute for other MSNBC hosts -- is currently the most
likely to take over at 7 p.m., according to TV insiders.
But this won't be BriWi's prime-time redemption, even though he's a
hit at 11 p.m., earning viewers trust back after his 2015 "Lyin'
Brian" scandal. Another insider said Williams is "happy and winning
in the ratings at 11:00 p.m. If he was put at 7 to usher in prime
time, he'd be judged very differently. The audience wants red meat
at 7, not a news recap." NBC reps didn't comment.
Williams' bosses at MSNBC should set him down and say, "You know,
Brian, everything that comes out of your mouth doesn't have to be the
most glib statement ever uttered on TV."
Post by Miloch
The drama belies a bigger problem at MSNBC involving almost the
entire lineup. Chuck Todd was offered 9 a.m., but after months is
no closer to a deal. Stephanie Ruhle hosts at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. If
Todd switches, Ruhle could move to 3 p.m. to flex her financial
expertise for the market close.
NPR's Joshua Johnson was hired as an anchor months ago but has yet
to land a slot, and Nicolle Wallace is said to have been offered a
deal to extend her slot from 4 to 6:00 p.m. -- but she's still only
on for an hour. Another insider said, "Nicolle would have been the
obvious choice for 7, but she prefers starting earlier, at 4:00."
Personally I'd rather see Kornacki or Wallace get Matthews' old spot
over Reid.
I think David Gregory who got the bum's rush by NBC several years ago
is a sharp commentator, he's occasionally on CNN now. If a pompous
character like Williams can be rehabilitated by NBC I don't see why
Gregory couldn't either.
So, so much wrong here. Page Six, she strikes again.

It'll be Joy Reid since it won't be Nicolle Wallace. Steve Kornacki
subs when they need him to, and he's good, but he works all the damn
time, in every daypart, and he's infinitely better at stats than his
predecessor in that job, Chuck Todd. Shep isn't even in the running
for this.

Brian Williams was sent to the end of the evening in what was supposed
to be a punitive move, and he was expected to be gone in six months.
Instead, he's taken the slot, made it important, and it's been running
for years. I'd be surprised if he even *wants* 7 pm.

Page Six is a joke.
super70s
2020-03-05 13:47:43 UTC
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Chris Matthews retirement announcement Monday has thrown into sharp
relief just how much of MSNBC's lineup is in flux, sources say.
Tuesday afternoon, Page Six exclusively reported that Shepard
Smith, Steve Kornacki and Joy Reid are jostling for Matthews 7 p.m.
weeknight slot amid a chaotic anchor reshuffling at MSNBC. Reid is
said to be the favorite, while Brian Williams isn't even in the
running. (The 7 o'clock slot will no longer be called "Hardball,"
as Matthews owns the name.)
Wonder how he swung owning the name permanently, a contract perk? Oh
well at least he'll have a name for his new podcast when he gets
suitably bored after a while.
Post by Miloch
Former Fox News anchor Smith, who quit "Shepard Smith Reporting" in
October, is plotting his return to TV and has been in talks with
CNN and MSNBC execs. But a source close to the talks says Shep is
less likely to take over Matthews slot because "he wants a lot of
money, and looks more suited to the afternoon, rather than 7."
Plus, Shep prefers breaking news to commentary and analysis, which
at 7's key to kicking off MSNBC's evening lineup, the source added.
Kornacki is a national political correspondent for NBC News, while
Reid -- the host of MSNBC's popular weekend show "AM Joy" and a
popular substitute for other MSNBC hosts -- is currently the most
likely to take over at 7 p.m., according to TV insiders.
But this won't be BriWi's prime-time redemption, even though he's a
hit at 11 p.m., earning viewers trust back after his 2015 "Lyin'
Brian" scandal. Another insider said Williams is "happy and winning
in the ratings at 11:00 p.m. If he was put at 7 to usher in prime
time, he'd be judged very differently. The audience wants red meat
at 7, not a news recap." NBC reps didn't comment.
Williams' bosses at MSNBC should set him down and say, "You know,
Brian, everything that comes out of your mouth doesn't have to be the
most glib statement ever uttered on TV."
Post by Miloch
The drama belies a bigger problem at MSNBC involving almost the
entire lineup. Chuck Todd was offered 9 a.m., but after months is
no closer to a deal. Stephanie Ruhle hosts at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. If
Todd switches, Ruhle could move to 3 p.m. to flex her financial
expertise for the market close.
NPR's Joshua Johnson was hired as an anchor months ago but has yet
to land a slot, and Nicolle Wallace is said to have been offered a
deal to extend her slot from 4 to 6:00 p.m. -- but she's still only
on for an hour. Another insider said, "Nicolle would have been the
obvious choice for 7, but she prefers starting earlier, at 4:00."
Personally I'd rather see Kornacki or Wallace get Matthews' old spot
over Reid.
I think David Gregory who got the bum's rush by NBC several years ago
is a sharp commentator, he's occasionally on CNN now. If a pompous
character like Williams can be rehabilitated by NBC I don't see why
Gregory couldn't either.
So, so much wrong here. Page Six, she strikes again.
It'll be Joy Reid since it won't be Nicolle Wallace. Steve Kornacki
subs when they need him to, and he's good, but he works all the damn
time, in every daypart, and he's infinitely better at stats than his
predecessor in that job, Chuck Todd. Shep isn't even in the running
for this.
Kornacki and Ali Velshi seem to work all the damn time don't they. I
think Velshi has his own show now in Reid's spot so that explains that.
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Brian Williams was sent to the end of the evening in what was supposed
to be a punitive move, and he was expected to be gone in six months.
Instead, he's taken the slot, made it important, and it's been running
for years. I'd be surprised if he even *wants* 7 pm.
Page Six is a joke.
I notice there's a story about the travails of Page Six in the new
Esquire, should be interesting reading.
Miloch
2020-03-05 16:24:27 UTC
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Chris Matthews retirement announcement Monday has thrown into sharp
relief just how much of MSNBC's lineup is in flux, sources say.
Tuesday afternoon, Page Six exclusively reported that Shepard
Kornacki and Ali Velshi seem to work all the damn time don't they. I
think Velshi has his own show now in Reid's spot so that explains that.
Post by A Friend
Brian Williams was sent to the end of the evening in what was supposed
to be a punitive move, and he was expected to be gone in six months.
Instead, he's taken the slot, made it important, and it's been running
for years. I'd be surprised if he even *wants* 7 pm.
Page Six is a joke.
I notice there's a story about the travails of Page Six in the new
Esquire, should be interesting reading.
My all time favorite at MSNBC is still Keith Olbermann...

"On January 21, 2011, Olbermann announced his departure from MSNBC and that the
episode would be the final episode of Countdown. MSNBC issued a statement that
it had ended its contract with Olbermann, with no further explanation.
Additional reporting in the days immediately following suggested that the
negotiations for the end of Olbermann's tenure at MSNBC had begun soon after the
end of his suspension."

Keith Olbermann Suspended from MSNBC for Political Contributions

https://abcnews.go.com/WN/keith-olbermann-suspended-msnbc-political-contributions/story?id=12074305

"In a statement, MSNBC said its ethics policy bans journalists from making
political contributions. Olbermann, perhaps the cable network's most famous
face, is known as an outspoken liberal commenter. As one of the network's
highest-paid personalities, he is central to the network's "Lean Forward"
campaign, a rebranding effort promoting progressive points of view. Thomas
Roberts anchored "Countdown" on Friday night.

"I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night," MSNBC
President Phil Griffin, said in a statement. "Mindful of NBC News policy and
standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay."

"Olbermann admitted to making contributions to Grijalva, as well as Rep.
Gabrielle Giffords, D- Ariz., and Jack Conway, the Democratic candidate who lost
to Tea Party favorite Rand Paul in the Kentucky Senate race.

"Olbermann told Politico he made the maximum contribution of $2,400 to each
candidate.

He took no prisoners and dumped incessantly on Fox's Bill O'Reilly

At a still-young 61, currently with ESPN doing sports...



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