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Report: MSNBC Names Its Replacement for Martin Bashir TVNewser

MSNBC has reportedly decided who will get the cable channel's 4 p.m. time slot following the resignation of Martin Bashir. TVNewser reports that the hour will go to Alex Wagner starting Jan. 13.

Wagner currently hosts MSNBC's noon show "Now."

Bashir left the network amid a controversy over remarks he made about Sarah Palin, as we reported earlier this month. In a commentary in response to comments Palin made comparing slavery to the U.S. debt to China, Bashir implied that Palin deserved to have someone "s--t" in her mouth -- invoking a reported punishment once used against slaves.

Wagner has been hosting "Now," a political panel discussion featuring commentators and journalists, since November 2011.

"Before joining MSNBC, Wagner was a reporter at The Huffington Post covering politics and business," the report notes, adding: "Wagner’s move to 4 p.m. ET opens up the noon ET spot on MSNBC. The network recently added Ronan Farrow to its lineup, who is set to debut in January at an as-yet-unannounced time."

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