MSNBC Fixture Calls It Quits

Jun 11, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The host of a daily show that is a fixture on cable news channel MSNBC has announced that he’s leaving the network, The New York Times’ Media Decoder reports.

Dylan Ratigan, whose show airs at 4 p.m., says he wants to "dismount" and practice the anti-special interest platform he has championed, the story reports.

"Once you’ve said your piece, you can either keep saying it — and then it’s a job, good job, pays well, everybody knows your name, it’s great — or you can decide what you’re going to do about it,” Ratigan said, according to the article.

He added he doesn’t know exactly what he will do, but said he plans to "meet with tons of people, learn from tons of people, and then figure out a way to take the narrative I’ve been talking about, and show the most effective ways to resolve it.”

Ratigan will be replaced by Martin Bashir, whose MSNBC program currently precedes his at 3 p.m. Some of Ratigan’s staff will work on creating a new 3 p.m. show, with MSNBC possibly trying out hosts and contributors in the timeslot.

The changes will take place June 25, and Ratigan’s last show will be on June 22.

Ratigan moved to MSNBC in 2009 after hosting a stock-picking show on CNBC called "Fast Money." His current contract, which reportedly paid him $1 million a year, expires this year. Ratigan said he didn’t negotiate a new contract because he told MSNBC three months ago he planned to leave and released his television agent in January.

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