January 4, 2007 |
2006 marked a decline in the cable news audience -- except on MSNBC. Powered by personalities such as Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, the perennially third-place cable news network was the only one of its ilk to expand its audience last year, averaging 262,000 viewers throughout the day, up 7% over 2005. MSNBC grew even more in the key 25- to 54-year-old demographic, rising by 11% to an average of 110,000.
June 8, 2006 |
MSNBC President Rick Kaplan announced Wednesday that he was leaving the cable news network after 2 1/2 years in his post. NBC News President Steve Capus, who oversees the network, said that he and Kaplan came to a "mutual decision" about his departure. "I think it's time for some change there and I think Rick is in agreement," said Capus, who praised Kaplan for helping expand MSNBC's audience.
February 18, 2004 |
In the last couple of years, as Fox News Channel vaulted to first place in the cable news race, NBC appeared willing to let its MSNBC outlet chug along in third. Not any more. Tuesday, as expected, NBC, which runs the channel and co-owns it with Microsoft, named ABC News' Rick Kaplan as the new president of MSNBC. Kaplan, 56, is expected to bring a new energy to the channel, which has changed programming strategies and identities frequently, never particularly successfully.
August 15, 2003 |
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.
February 21, 2003 |
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.
July 17, 2003 |
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.
January 3, 2005 |
Speculation about "Crossfire" co-host Tucker Carlson's new career move may end sometime this week with an announcement by either MSNBC or his current employer, CNN. The right-leaning commentator became a hot commodity at the end of 2004 when his contract with CNN ran out. MSNBC spokesmen confirmed reports that the network was courting the talk show host to fill its 9 p.m. slot, which Deborah Norville will vacate in mid-January.
January 8, 2002 |
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.
April 28, 2004 |
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.