MSNBC Changes…

TVNewser’s Chris Ariens writes about changes to MSNBC and how some of NBC News’ staff is being redeployed…

Hallie Jackson, who covered Donald Trump’s campaign for NBC News, has been named White House correspondent for the network. Meanwhile, MSNBC correspondent Kasie Hunt has been named Capitol Hill correspondent. Katy Tur, who had covered Trump’s campaign from day one, will remain in New York and will anchor MSNBC’s 2 p.m. ET hour during Trump’s first 100 days.

Left out of this was the fact that Jackson will continue to anchor MSNBC at 10am, which she confirmed via Twitter.

I was actually surprised by this news. I expected Tur to get the White House gig but maybe she didn’t want it after all the crap she had to deal with covering Trump during the election. Jackson getting the gig AND keeping 10am is both noteworthy and not novel. It’s noteworthy because it puts her on the “NBC grooming train” for a bigger role at some point down the line. It isn’t novel because both Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie had similar roles for a couple of years. One difference however is that Todd and Guthrie had the 9am slot and not the 10 which one would think is the better slot to have from a logistical standpoint if you’re going to have both roles but evidently NBC thinks it can still work with one hour less separating the two duties.

It’s also interesting that MSNBC would not fully commit to Tur full time. The press release says it’s for at least the first 100 days and maybe that’s just bet hedging and she will probably stay on. But from an optics standpoint it’s not much of an endorsement.

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3 Responses to “MSNBC Changes…”

  1. There were a couple of tidbits in the press release that struck me as being of interest.

    The release noted on Tur’s appointment was for the first 100 days with “More to come soon”. This tells me that “MSNBC would not fully commit to Tur full time… and that …it’s not much of an endorsement” is not how to read the announcement but rather that they have something big in mind for Tur (maybe a PT show) that is not fully locked down yet. We’ll see in a few weeks.

    The other thing I noticed there was there no mention of Brian Williams. What do they plan to do with their 10 million dollar man. My guess is they buy him out and he’ll be gone before summer.

  2. The other thing I noticed there was there no mention of Brian Williams. What do they plan to do with their 10 million dollar man. My guess is they buy him out and he’ll be gone before summer.

    I wouldn’t buy too much into that. It seems like MSNBC is committed to Brian Williams. If he was on his way out the door, they probably would have already cancelled The 11th Hour.

  3. There would be room on the schedule if Greta was cancelled. I tried watching her program for several weeks because Rachel Maddow recommended it. Greta’s show is just plain awful. Her voice and pronunciation is difficult to understand. She has a superior attitude which I do not care for. Unfortunately, I am searching for another program during her time slot. MSNBC made a bad choice this time.

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