March 30, 2005

MSNBC Drops to Fourth

In the cable news race:

CNN Headline News has supplanted MSNBC as the third-place cable news channel. CNN's sister network recently started a new prime-time lineup that has gotten off to a strong start, particularly a legal-oriented talk show with Nancy Grace.

The new format replaced the continuous half-hour newscasts that CNN Headline News still carries for most of the day. But in its first month, the changes enabled the network to eclipse MSNBC in the prime-time ratings, according to Nielsen Media Research.

For the full day, CNN Headline News also beat MSNBC for the first three months of the year.

Fox, of course, still remains on top.

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December 19, 2004

Crowley, Reagan to Host Daytime MSNBC Show

Apparently a conservative / liberal talk show; from TVNewser:

Monica Crowley and Ron Reagan are preparing for the debut of their new daytime program on MSNBC.

The show, which will air live at 12 and 5pm, is expected to start airing in late January.

"Many people think it's tough to get traction during the day with hour after hour of straight news," an insider pointed out. MSNBC hopes the two programs will help boost Newsforce.

Crowley and Reagan were in Secaucus a couple of weeks ago to rehearse for the new program. (It was around the same time Crowley substituted on Scarborough Country for a week.)

Management still needs to assign staff to the program, decide on a title for it, and tweak the show open. (They may be re-tooling the "look" of the show over the holidays.) Crowley and Reagan may anchor from two different locations.

And Tucker Carlson may also get a MSNBC show, this one in primetime slot.

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