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ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen
MSNBC announced Tuesday it has canceled TV veteran Phil Donahue's 7-month-old weeknight show, saying the program, which never caught on with viewers, had aired its last original installment Monday. The program will be in reruns through the end of the week, then replaced temporarily by an expanded "Countdown: Iraq." Ex-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura will join MSNBC's lineup in the spring.
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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.
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.
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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
October 4, 2002 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2002 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the day of the ceremony officially ending recovery efforts at New York's World Trade Center site, and Jerry Nachman, MSNBC's newest commentator as well as its new editor-in-chief, was on the scene. As on the other cable news channels, CNN and Fox News, MSNBC had moving coverage of the solemn event, and numerous interviews with officials. Then there were Nachman's guests, such as celebrity saloon-keeper Elaine Kaufman and New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2002 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf made a crucial visit to Washington last week and CNN and Fox News Channel carried his many appearances throughout the day live. MSNBC? It was airing the women's biathlon competition from the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. That hardly sounds like the way for the third-place cable news network to build viewer loyalty, but MSNBC, as a key component in NBC's strategy to amortize its $545-million Olympics rights fee, had little choice.
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
October 1, 2001 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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 MSNBC.com 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.
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