January 29, 2003 |
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.
November 13, 2002 |
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.
October 4, 2002 |
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.
July 22, 2002 |
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.
June 17, 2002 |
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.
February 19, 2002 |
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.
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.
October 1, 2001 |
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.
May 18, 2000 |
Time Warner Inc.'s cable division, fresh from a nasty fight with ABC, has signed an agreement with NBC to carry the network's main feed as well as cable channels CNBC and MSNBC through 2008. The deal announced Wednesday includes coverage of the Olympic Games, for which NBC has exclusive U.S. broadcast rights through 2008. NBC also plans to offer extended coverage of the Olympics on its cable channels beginning with the Sydney Olympics this fall.
May 10, 2000 |
A motel handyman who confessed to a string of murders at Yosemite and who, said one woman, "couldn't get an erection." A 22-year-old Connecticut student who claimed she was raped while staying with a family in Japan. A teenager charged after his 15-year-old girlfriend shot herself in the head as part of a suicide pact. Some cheesy tabloid television show? Not quite.