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Spend a few minutes with Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of MSNBC's "The News With Brian Williams," anchor of the Saturday edition of "NBC Nightly News" and chief substitute anchor for Tom Brokaw, and he will make one thing plain. He's not waiting to be the heir to anything right now, except, perhaps, more viewers and validation of the 24-hour news network he represents. "I don't count on anything," says Williams on a recent afternoon at MSNBC headquarters in Secaucus.
June 7, 2008 | Howard Rosenberg, Special to The Times
Former Times Television Critic Howard Rosenberg, a Pulitzer Prize winner for criticism in 1985, will be writing occasional commentaries about news on television and the Internet. -- It seems like a couple of centuries since His Holiness Pope Walter reigned as God's deputy on the airwaves. Even longer if you think about leave-'em-laughing funnyman Keith Olbermann.
July 30, 2005 | Associated Press
MSNBC will shift Tucker Carlson's low-rated talk show out of prime time in much of the country, moving it to 11 p.m. on the East Coast and 8 p.m. on the West Coast. Ex-Fox News channel anchor Rita Cosby will fill his time slot. Since its debut June 13, the bow-tied conservative's show has averaged 201,000 viewers, 25% fewer than its time-slot predecessor, "The Abrams Report," had in May, according to Nielsen Media Research.
June 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
Television viewers may get a peculiar sense of time warp if they tune in to MSNBC at 5 p.m. today or 1 p.m. Sunday. For two hours, MSNBC's reporters and anchors will simulate how D-day might have been covered if modern technology were in place in 2004. Reporters will be stationed in France, Washington, London and elsewhere. Military experts will pore over maps in the studio and attempt to explain what is happening.
Everywhere you looked on NBC News last week, you saw Moscow correspondent Dana Lewis, traveling with Afghan rebels. While Lewis held forth on "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw," MSNBC, the morning "Today" show and an online diary, MSNBC anchor Ashleigh Banfield popped up from Pakistan on CNBC. Hoda Kotbe, normally a correspondent on NBC's newsmagazine "Dateline," anchored MSNBC, as did Maurice DuBois, a reporter from NBC's local New York station.
August 21, 2008 | Matea Gold
Rachel Maddow already has some ideas for her new show on MSNBC, which debuts Sept. 8. "Live audience. Live punk band. You know, mariachis for important segues," she joked with Keith Olbermann on Tuesday evening during an appearance on his program to announce her new gig. No matter what form her show takes, there's no question that the 35-year-old host will cut a different figure than most of her cable brethren. An openly gay woman, unapologetic liberal and Rhodes scholar with a doctorate from Oxford University, Maddow has drawn a passionate following during her stint this year as an analyst for MSNBC.
Cable news channel MSNBC this week started discussing changes to its lineup, after its summer programming overhaul failed to make much of an impression on viewers. Most prominently, under one scenario being considered, Ashleigh Banfield would end up losing her nightly "On Location" (7 p.m. on the West Coast), which has fared poorly in recent weeks while she has been on a tour of America. Likewise, the news channel is talking about moving Jerry Nachman's hourlong show (4 p.m.
February 9, 2008 | Peter Nicholas and Matea Gold, Times Staff Writers
Angered by an MSNBC correspondent's demeaning comment about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's daughter, aides to her presidential campaign said Friday that she might pull out of a debate planned by the cable network this month in Cleveland. Howard Wolfson, Clinton's communications director, cast as "beneath contempt" an on-air comment Thursday by MSNBC's David Shuster, who said Chelsea Clinton is "sort of being pimped out" as she intensifies her campaigning for her mother.
September 20, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen
MSNBC is quietly slipping a new show onto its schedule this weekend, but it is already sparking some internal controversy, because it is hosted by pollster Frank Luntz. While Luntz is already a political analyst for the channel, he has worked for Republican candidates, creating a potential conflict of interest. "It's Frank's job to ask people what they think; that's what he does for his clients and that's what he'll do on the program," said an MSNBC spokesman.
July 22, 2002 | Howard Rosenberg
literally. Even after fatuously anointing itself "America's News- Channel," this flailing NBC-Microsoft hybrid a week ago assumed a second identity as cable's replica of frantic talk radio. You know, knee-jerk, yet superficial. In fact, MSNBC is America's SchmoozeChannel. No, not snooze, for it's hard dozing through a din, notably one as loud as this--created by an agenda that is usually not coherent discourse, but attention-grabbing combat.
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