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MSNBC Bolsters Weekend Documentary Slate

January 15, 2009 4:00 PM

MSNBC's spilt personality could become a bit more cohesive in 2009.

That's the word from MNSBC President Phil Griffin, who said the network is looking to tweak its weekend documentary programming.

Currently, much of the network's Saturday and Sunday schedule is filled with crime-themed programming from "Dateline NBC" and Peacock Productions.

"I want our primetime personalities to drive more of our documentaries," Mr. Griffin told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association's Winter Press Tour. He said the network already has aired specials tied to Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann, and that more are in the works.

Mr. Griffin said MSNBC also is working on a documentary series hosted by T.D. Jakes, who's developing a syndicated talk show for fall 2010.

—Josef Adalian

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