Showing posts with label MSNBC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MSNBC. Show all posts

Friday, March 11, 2022

SYMONE D. SANDERS’ SHOW WILL AIR ON MSNBC AND PEACOCK

March 11, 2022 – Today at SXSW, MSNBC President Rashida Jones and Symone D. Sanders announced the premiere of “Symone” on Saturday, May 7 at 4pm ET on MSNBC. 

Hosted by Symone D. Sanders, the namesake show will air live Saturdays and Sundays on MSNBC at 4pm ET and stream Mondays and Tuesdays on the MSNBC hub on Peacock.

“I’m all about reaching the ‘nonpolitical group chats.’ They exist. I have lots of friends that the only thing they know about politics is what I put on my Instagram every day,” Sanders said during the panel on the audience of her upcoming show. “When the news reaches those folks – the nonpolitical group chats – that’s when we’ve broken through.”

In addition, Sanders announced that veteran news leader Catherine Snyder will serve as executive producer of the program. Based in Washington, D.C., Snyder is currently the Managing Editor of NBC Owned & Operated Station NBC 4/WRC-TV. Snyder’s career spans both local and cable news and her work has been recognized with five Emmy Awards. 

“I am beyond thrilled to be joining Symone Sanders and MSNBC as we prepare to launch this new show. Symone’s knowledge, insight, experience and, above all, authenticity will offer viewers a fresh perspective not just on politics but on the cultural issues affecting all of us at a pivotal time in our history,” said Snyder. “For me personally, it’s an opportunity to go home again to MSNBC and work with an amazing team on both the cable channel and on Peacock.”

“Symone” will span cable and streaming and will leverage Sanders’ political expertise and Snyder’s trusted news leadership to bring audiences an inside look at Washington politics as Americans begin to look ahead for the 2022 midterm elections. Sanders, an Omaha native, will bring her unique perspectives and real life experience to MSNBC elevating voices from the beltway to the Midwest. 

“Symone” will explore issues at the intersection of politics, culture and race and feature interviews with the nation’s top government officials, scholars, and thought leaders.

The news was shared during SXSW’s Featured Session: “The Future of News is NOW” where Sanders was joined onstage by MSNBC President Rashida Jones, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim, NBC News NOW Anchor Hallie Jackson, and TODAY All Day Host Al Roker as the group discussed how NBCU News Group’s three distinct streaming networks have found early success connecting with viewers in the rapidly growing digital space, while continuing to provide compelling content for traditional television services. 

Sanders’ announcement comes as MSNBC continues to bolster its multi-channel platforms with new original programming both on cable and streaming. Sanders’ show will be featured alongside exclusive streaming programs hosted by Zerlina Maxwell, Mehdi HasanAyman Mohyeldin and soon Katie Phang, on Peacock. On MSNBC weekends, Sanders joins and expanding lineup of live breaking news and analysis including perspective hosts Ali VelshiTiffany CrossRev. Al SharptonAlicia Menendez, Ayman Mohyeldin and Jonathan Capehart.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Symone Sanders to join MSNBC

Esteemed political strategist Symone D. Sanders will join MSNBC to host new programs across cable and streaming, president of MSNBC Rashida Jones announced today.

Beginning this spring, the government and presidential campaign trail alum and celebrated author will host MSNBC on the weekends and Peacock’s The Choice from MSNBC. She will be based in Washington, D.C.

Sanders will bring her expertise, spirited rhetoric and sharp political insight to MSNBC’s multi-platform channels. Her program will explore issues at the intersection of politics, culture and race and break down how decisions made in Washington impact electorates, industries, and communities across the country. She will also interview law and policy makers, top government officials, scholars, and thought leaders.

A native of North Omaha, Nebraska and a recent alum of both the Biden-Harris administration and campaign, Sanders will bring her unique perspectives, midwestern sensibilities and lived experiences to MSNBC viewers with an insider’s take on Washington and the inner-workings of American politics.

Sanders’ announcement comes off the heels of MSNBC’s strategic focus on streaming in 2021 with the launch of The Choice from MSNBC on Peacock, the streaming destination for live, in-depth perspective and news. Sanders’ show will be featured alongside original programming hosted by Zerlina Maxwell, Mehdi Hasan and Ayman Mohyeldin on The Choice from MSNBC.

On cable, MSNBC delivered significant gains in 2021, ending the year as the #2 network across all of cable–dominating CNN for five straight years across total viewers–and finishing as the #1 cable network among African American viewers. Since 2015, MSNBC increased viewership by 160 percent, growing more than CNN and FOX News combined. MSNBC Digital also had its strongest year on record.

Continuing its commitment to impactful journalism and quality original streaming programming, NBCU News Group Chairman Cesar Conde made a significant investment in its streaming platforms, adding hundreds of new jobs and several new live hours of original programming across The Choice, NBC News NOW and TODAY All Day.

Before joining MSNBC, Sanders served as a senior member of the Biden-Harris administration serving as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson to Vice President Kamala Harris. She was one of the earliest staffers of the Biden presidential campaign and later served as a senior advisor for the Biden-Harris ticket. Sanders first rose to prominence in 2016 as the youngest presidential press secretary on record working for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s then-presidential campaign.

Previously, Sanders was the national chair of the Coalition of Juvenile Justice Emerging Leaders Committee and member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice. There, she worked to raise the profile of young voices in the fight for juvenile justice reform and brought millennial perspectives to policy conversations.

She published her first book, No, You Shut Up: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming America in 2020, which explores finding her authentic voice and recounts stories from her life and those of young revolutionaries who came before her.

Sanders is a former resident fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School and the University of Southern California's Center for the Political Future.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Democrats near a compromise on a federal voting rights bill

Rep. Terri Sewell discussed the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and her belief that Democrats are near a deal on Jonathan Capehart's MSNBC show, The Sunday Show.

Watch that segment below.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Rashida Jones named next president of MSNBC

Rashida Jones will become president of MSNBC, and the current president, Phil Griffin, will step down after 25 years at the cable news channel, NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde announced Monday.

Jones, who will take over at MSNBC on Feb. 1, is a senior vice president at NBC News and MSNBC, where she leads breaking news and major events coverage. She also oversees MSNBC's daytime and weekend programming. She will become the most prominent Black woman in the cable news industry.

"Rashida knows and understands MSNBC, in part because it's where she started when she first joined NBCU seven years ago," Conde wrote in an email to NBC News employees. "She knows that it is the people who work here that make it great, and she understands its culture. She also appreciates the impact and potential of the brand."

Conde noted that in the past year Jones has helped guide MSNBC's coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic, the unrest and social justice protests that broke out over the treatment of Black Americans and the 2020 election. She also helped with two influential series at the network, "Justice for All" and "Climate in Crisis."

Jones takes over at an uncertain time for cable news. MSNBC's ratings grew during President Donald Trump's tenure and in the run-up to the presidential election. But it's unclear how the network will fare during a Joe Biden presidency, as cable viewership overall continues to decline.

[SOURCE: MSNBC]

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Al Sharpton Denounces Attacks On Police

Civil rights activist, Al Sharpton said on MSNBC that he prays for the LA County police officers shot in Compton in the same prayer as he does Jacob Blake and George Floyd. He also asked that ALL senseless violence whether it’s committed by police or civilians stop.

"I think that the protesters that have been, for months, out there now, I among them, should be saying we are not anti-police and we are certainly not for killing or shooting police," said Al Sharpton on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "We are there saying that police should not be wrongfully killing or shooting civilians, particularly in the Black community. And for people to try to associate us with murder and ambushing and death is doing more to hurt the cause than anything else. Some, I suspect in my own way of thinking, could be planted in order to hurt us because that is so extreme from our position."

"Let me be real clear, I pray for the lives of those two officers just like I pray for Jacob Blake who was shot in the back seven times in Kenosha, Wisconsin and I pray for the family of George Floyd," Sharpton added. "And I pray for all of them in the same prayer. I don't have separate prayers for police victims and for police that are victimized. The same prayer: that we stop this senseless violence and this senseless lawlessness. This is where we must be. This is Dr. King's tradition. This is what Nietzsche wrote about. John Lewis. Anyone on the other side whether they claim that they're left or right are wrong, that's what they are."

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Joy Reid to host 'The ReidOut' weeknights on MSNBC

Joy Reid, an MSNBC political analyst and weekend host, has been tapped to lead the 7 p.m. weeknight hour, the network said Thursday.

Reid's new Washington-based show, “The ReidOut,” will debut July 20. It will feature one-on-one conversations with politicians and newsmakers and cover the political issues of the day, drawing from Reid’s experience of covering the intersection of race, justice and culture.

Reid, one of the network's most prominent Black on-air personalities, will take the time slot previously occupied by Chris Matthews, who announced his retirement in March after a series of events that resulted in criticism of his statements about Bernie Sanders, Black lawmakers and comments he had made to female journalists and coworkers.

Reid is the host of the weekend show "AM Joy," which will feature a rotating lineup of hosts until a permanent replacement is named in the fall.

[SOURCE: NBC NEWS]

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

MSNBC’s Joy Reid expected to replace Chris Matthews on primetime show

MSNBC is reportedly eying Joy Reid to replace Chris Matthews as the host of a primetime news and opinion program.

The network is negotiating with Reid to step into a 7 p.m. slot and precede MSNBC’s primetime programs hosted by Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes, sources told The Wall Street Journal.<:p>

Reid currently hosts the network’s weekend morning program “AM Joy.”

She’d fill a void that came when Matthews abruptly resigned from his longtime role as “Hardball” host in early March after a sexual harassment allegation had surfaced against him.

Both sides are still discussing Reid’s new role and an agreement hasn’t been reached.

[SOURCE: PAGE SIX]

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Mike Bloomberg to do interview with Al Sharpton on MSNBC

Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg is slated to do an interview with civil rights icon the Rev. Al Sharpton on Sunday amid scrutiny of the former New York City mayor's past support for "stop and frisk."

Sharpton has criticized Bloomberg in the past over the practice and said this week he would have to “repair the damage” caused by stop and frisk, while noting that other candidates have “baggage” as well.

“I also … don’t want to see him as a leaf that the other candidates dump some of their racial baggage,” he said on MSNBC earlier this week. “I want to know what Bernie’s gonna say about the vote he did for the [1994] crime bill, where people went to jail.”

Bloomberg's interview will air at 5 p.m. Sunday on Sharpton’s “Politics Nation” program on MSNBC.

[SOURCE: THE HILL]

Monday, November 18, 2019

November 20th Democratic Debate to be held at Tyler Perry Studios

The fifth Democratic presidential debate, hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post, will be held at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta on Nov. 20.

The debate will be feature four moderators, all of whom are women: Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show"; Andrea Mitchell, host of MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" and NBC News' chief foreign affairs correspondent; Kristen Welker, NBC News' White House correspondent; and Ashley Parker, a White House reporter for The Washington Post.

[SOURCE: THE HILL]

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Michael Steele Slams Trump For Not Condemning Arrested Coast Guard Lt

In an MSNBC interview Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele slammed President Donald Trump for not condemning Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher Hasson, the Maryland man charged earlier this week with planning a mass terror attack against prominent Democrats and media personalities. Watch that interview below, Steele's comments start at the 5:53 mark.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Breakfast Club Hosts Defend Kamala Harris Against Fox News "Tupac/Snoop Dog Lie”

MSNBC interviewed the host of the popular radio show “The Breakfast Club”. The radio show hosts responded to a Fox News attack on Sen. Kamala Harris for a moment from an interview with her, when she discussed smoking pot in college and what type of rap she listens to now. DJ Envy tells MSNBC anchor Ari Melber that the right wing attacks on Harris’s comments were “absolutely, positively lies.” Cohost Charlamagne Tha God adds, “The ‘Black Twitter’ people that you see going in on Kamala” for her remarks in the interview are “doing the work of Fox News.” Watch that interview below.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Should Joy Reid be punished for insensitive blog post by MSNBC

By George L. Cook III African American Reports

MSNBC is standing by Joy Reid in the wake of new revelations about even more incendiary old blog posts. Reid's old blog post, some of which date back to 2005 include homophobic slurs and 9/11 conspiracy theories about the federal government.

This probably wouldn't be much of a story now if Reid had not lied about her account being hacked, just owned up to the post, and told us all that she is not that person anymore. I believe myself and many would have given her the benefit of the doubt and forgiven her.

Now I don't think that she should lose her job, but there are those that believe that Reid should be punished for those older post and going so far as to say that she should lose her job at MSNBC.

What do you think?

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Joy Reid denies hateful blog posts, apologizes for old tweets

MSNBC anchor Joy Reid used her appearance Saturday on the network to deny making hateful blog post on her former blog, while also apologizing for tweets which she admits were wrong and insensitive.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Tamron Hall leaves NBC, MSNBC

NBC said Wednesday that news anchor Tamron Hall is leaving the network, the first casualty of its decision to sign Megyn Kelly away from Fox News Channel.

Hall co-hosted the third of NBC's four-hour "Today" show, airing at 9 a.m. ET, with Al Roker. Last week they were told that their hour was giving way to Kelly, who was promised a slot in NBC's daytime lineup.

NBC said Hall, who also hosted an hour of news programming each morning on MSNBC, had her last day at the network on Tuesday. The network said it tried to convince Hall to stay beyond the end of her contract this month, but she declined.

Hall, 46, was not immediately available for comment, a spokeswoman said. Through an NBC statement, she said: "The last 10 years have been beyond anything I could have imagined, and I'm grateful. I'm also very excited about the next chapter. To all my great colleagues, I will miss you and I will be rooting for you."

[SOURCE: Yahoo TV]

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Joy Reid Gets Melissa Harris-Perry's Weekend Slot on MSNBC

MSNBC’s Joy Reid will host a new program airing from 10 a.m.-Noon ET on Saturday and Sundays, taking over the timeslot left behind by Melissa Harris-Perry.

“Melissa did a show that was incredibly valuable,” Reid said in a statement. “Instead of trying to replace it, we will fill the space with something new; something compelling, and something that adds to the conversation.”

“MSNBC viewers crave not only the facts, but also in-depth discussion and analysis from a range of perspectives,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin. “There is no one better equipped than Joy to lead this new project, and create a place for the kind of unique discussion our audience has come to expect.”

The show debuts next Saturday, May 7.

[SOURCE]

Monday, March 14, 2016

Melissa Harris-Perry on Leaving Her MSNBC Show

Many of us may have read Melissa Harris Perry's statement as to why she left her MSNBC show. Now watch her discuss what happened publicly for the first time on ABC's The View.


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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Melissa Harris-Perry Email: Why Walked Off Her MSNBC Show

Melissa Harris-Perry, host her own talk show on MSNBC, has accused executives at MSNBC of effectively silencing her show, and says she has no intentions of hosting this weekend. She released the following email to her staff explaining her reasons for doing so.

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Dearest Nerds,
As you know by now, my name appears on the weekend schedule for MSNBC programming from South Carolina this Saturday and Sunday. I appreciate that many of you responded to this development with relief and enthusiasm. To know that you have missed working with me even a fraction of how much I’ve missed working with all of you is deeply moving. However, as of this morning, I do not have any intention of hosting this weekend. Because this is a decision that affects all of you, I wanted to take a moment to explain my reasoning.
Some unknown decision-maker, presumably Andy Lack or Phil Griffin, has added my name to this spreadsheet, but nothing has changed in the posture of the MSNBC leadership team toward me or toward our show. Putting me on air seems to be a decision being made solely to save face because there is a growing chorus of questions from our viewers about my notable absence from MSNBC coverage. Social media has noted the dramatic change in editorial tone and racial composition of MSNBC’s on-air coverage. In addition, Dylan Byers of CNN has made repeated inquiries with MSNBC’s leadership and with me about the show and what appears to be its cancellation. I have not responded to reporters or social media inquiries. However, I am not willing to appear on air in order to quell concerns about the disappearance of our show and our voice.
Here is the reality: our show was taken — without comment or discussion or notice — in the midst of an election season. After four years of building an audience, developing a brand, and developing trust with our viewers, we were effectively and utterly silenced. Now, MSNBC would like me to appear for four inconsequential hours to read news that they deem relevant without returning to our team any of the editorial control and authority that makes MHP Show distinctive.
The purpose of this decision seems to be to provide cover for MSNBC, not to provide voice for MHP Show. I will not be used as a tool for their purposes. I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by Lack, Griffin, or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back. I have wept more tears than I can count and I find this deeply painful, but I don’t want back on air at any cost. I am only willing to return when that return happens under certain terms.
Undoubtedly, television nurtures the egos of those of us who find ourselves in front of bright lights and big cameras. I am sure ego is informing my own pain in this moment, but there is a level of professional decency, respect, and communication that has been denied this show for years. And the utter insulting absurdity of the past few weeks exceeds anything I can countenance.
I have stayed in the same hotels where MSNBC has been broadcasting in Iowa, in New Hampshire, and in South Carolina, yet I have been shut out from coverage. I have a PhD in political science and have taught American voting and elections at some of the nation’s top universities for nearly two decades, yet I have been deemed less worthy to weigh in than relative novices and certified liars. I have hosted a weekly program on this network for four years and contributed to election coverage on this network for nearly eight years, but no one on the third floor has even returned an email, called me, or initiated or responded to any communication of any kind from me for nearly a month. It is profoundly hurtful to realize that I work for people who find my considerable expertise and editorial judgment valueless to the coverage they are creating.
While MSNBC may believe that I am worthless, I know better. I know who I am. I know why MHP Show is unique and valuable. I will not sell short myself or this show. I am not hungry for empty airtime. I care only about substantive, meaningful, and autonomous work. When we can do that, I will return — not a moment earlier. I am deeply sorry for the ways that this decision makes life harder for all of you. You mean more to me than you can imagine.
Yours always,
Melissa


Thursday, August 27, 2015

MSNBC moves Al Sharpton's Politics Nation to Sunday.

[SOURCE] Reverend Al Sharpton, who has hosted an early-evening program on MSNBC for four years, is moving to a once-a-week perch at the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news network as it seeks to focus more intently on breaking-news coverage and less on partisan viewpoint and opinion.

The last edition of Sharpton’s weekday program, “PoliticsNation,” will air Friday, September 4, according to a memo sent Wednesday evening to MSNBC staffers by network president Phil Griffin. The program will now air on Sundays at 8 a.m., Griffin said.

“I want to congratulate Al and his team. For four years they have done a terrific job bringing his voice and a big spotlight to issues of justice, civil rights and equality,” Griffin said in the memo. “And as many of you know, The Rev never missed a show. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do with a Sunday morning newsmaker program.”

In a tweet Wednesday morning, Sharpton said he was happy to move the program to Sundays. “I am honored with now being a Sunday Morning TV host. Great!!”

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Morning Joe Blames Racist SAE Video on Rap Music

Here's one from the that didn't take long, but not as soon as we expected file. On MSNBC's (yes, that channel still exist) the host and guest pinned some of the blame for SAE's racist rant on Hip Hop. They discussed this idea because of the lyrics of Wocka Flocka Flame (apparently he still exist also), who in protest has cancelled a performance for the fraternity. I actually expected someone to make this charge but I would have bet $100 it would have came from Fox News or conservative radio. Watch the video excerpt below:

Monday, February 23, 2015

Lawsuit alleges Al Sharpton paid to keep quiet about lack of black TV programming

The Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network had their silence bought — with a hefty $3.8 million in “donations’’ — to not complain about the lack of black TV programming, according to an explosive new lawsuit filed by a national black-media group.

The Association of African-American Owned Media charges that Comcast and Time Warner carry barely a handful of channels that are completely black-owned — and Sharpton and other key African-American advocacy groups aren’t screaming about it because they were essentially paid not to.

Comcast even sweetened the deal for Sharpton by allowing him “to maintain his hosting position [on the Comcast-co-owned MSNBC] for more than three years in exchange for Sharpton’s continued public support for Comcast on issues of diversity … despite the notoriously low ratings that Sharpton’s show generates,’’ the suit says.

Sharpton blasted the suit Monday as “frivolous at best.’’

He denied to The Post that he and NAN received nearly $4 million from Comcast, insisting,“Never, did not get it.’’

The activist said that while his group has gotten some donations from the media giant, “It’s nowhere near $1 million, much less $3 million.’’

Read more: Sharpton paid to keep quiet about lack of black TV programming: suit