A former host on MSNBC who has a high-profile job on NBC is set to return to the cable news channel with a new program. Variety reports that “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd will anchor a one-hour show.
“Todd, who used to host a late-morning program on the network, would continue to anchor the NBC Sunday public-affairs program he took over from David Gregory in the fall of 2014,” Variety notes.
The report cites a source who’s familiar with the situation saying that a formal announcement from MSNBC could come as soon as today.
Some media reports were hinting that the new MSNBC show would air in late afternoon or early evening.
The news comes as MSNBC is scrambling to try to reverse a ratings slide, Variety notes.
“Over several months, shows based on hosts who offer a progressive or liberal view on issues have lost traction,” the story reports. “In daytime, MSNBC has focused more heavily on breaking-news reportage, placing host Thomas Roberts in a two-hour block covering stories of the day. That show replaced two one-hour programs anchored by Joy Reid and Ronan Farrow, respectively, that hinged more on the views of the hosts.”