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ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2003 | From Associated Press
MSNBC has dropped plans for a weeknight show starring Jesse Ventura, saying Thursday the former Minnesota governor will instead be host of a once-a-week program on Saturdays. The cable network still hasn't announced a start date or a time slot for Ventura's program. MSNBC announced it had signed the former professional wrestler for a topical talk show last winter, saying it would be on the air in March.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen
Peter Arnett, whose Baghdad reporting during the 1991 Gulf War helped put CNN on the map, will have a new outlet if there's another war in Iraq: CNN rival MSNBC. The veteran foreign correspondent, who left CNN under the cloud of a retracted documentary he anchored, was named Baghdad correspondent for "National Geographic Explorer," a series that airs Sunday nights. As part of the deal, Arnett will also provide live reports from Baghdad for MSNBC, "as we need him," said an MSNBC spokesman.
NEWS
July 17, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen
The Iraq war's "embeds" -- journalists who lived and traveled with U.S. and British troops to produce up-close reports on their activities -- have spawned a "campaign embed" program at MSNBC. The cable news channel said it will send one-person video-journalists, who will function as reporters, producers and camerapersons, into the field, one to a presidential candidate, beginning this summer.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2002 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Signaling that it's not about to be left behind in the war for cable news channel talent, MSNBC has hired conservative former presidential candidate Alan Keyes to anchor a nightly talk show. In what could shape up as a battle for conservative viewers, the opinionated former radio talk show host and diplomat will be pitted at 7 p.m. against Greta Van Susteren, who last week was hired away from CNN to anchor a show for Fox News Channel.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2004 | Elizabeth Jensen
It's rare that third-place cable news network MSNBC has good ratings news, but April was an exception, as "Hardball" host Chris Matthews beat CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," the first time since its 1996 launch that MSNBC has overtaken CNN in any East Coast prime-time hour. Both shows, which air at 4 p.m. on the West Coast, have been heavily promoted, with Matthews getting special attention as the lead anchor for MSNBC's election-year coverage.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2002 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura appears to be headed to a nightly talk show for MSNBC when he leaves office in January. The outspoken governor, who previously was a commentator for NBC's short-lived XFL football league, is in advanced discussions with the third-place cable news network to serve as a host, although there is no final deal, according to people familiar with the situation. Ventura is a regular guest on MSNBC, which in the last year has adopted a more opinion-driven format.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen
MSNBC is looking to shake up its schedule again. The cable news network already has a deal for a new show hosted by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, and Tuesday, ABC News gave former White House correspondent Sam Donaldson permission to talk to MSNBC about a prime-time program.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2006 | Matea Gold
The folks at MSNBC's Secaucus, N.J., headquarters had something to smile about Tuesday. For the first time in almost five years, the third-place cable news channel had a prime-time victory to crow about, albeit a small one: "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" beat CNN's "Paula Zahn Now" in the key 25- to 54-year-old advertising demographic in the first quarter of 2006, according to Nielsen Media Research.
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