MSNBC continues to transform its programming lineup, announcing Thursday that it will launch a new two-hour afternoon program to be anchored by Kate Snow, the AP reports.
“Snow, a veteran of both ABC News and CNN, will anchor each weekday from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a one-hour political show hosted by ‘Meet the Press’ moderator Chuck Todd,” the story reports.
The announcement means the cable news channel is close to completing the reimagining of its daytime lineup, which is expected to be set by next week when former NBC anchor Brian Williams makes his MSNBC debut.
“Since Andy Lack returned this spring to take over the NBC News operation, he’s spent much of his time plotting a reconfiguration of MSNBC into something similar to what was envisioned at its start two decades ago — a fully integrated arm of NBC News,” the AP report notes.
The story adds: “Gone are opinion-based programs with personalities like Ronan Farrow, Ed Schultz, Al Sharpton and Alex Wagner, which Lack said were rejected by viewers. Instead, the daytime lineup will have news programs anchored by Snow, Andrea Mitchell, Thomas Roberts, Tamron Hall and Jose Diaz-Balart, with Williams moving in probably a couple of times a week as news warrants.”
In a move that may help Williams adapt to his new cable home, where Williams is expected to appear mainly in daytime, the network also announced that Pat Burkey, who executive produced “NBC Nightly News” when Williams was on the air, will become the top producer of the MSNBC afternoon lineup.
NBC has upped Sam Singal to executive producer of “Nightly News,” the report notes.