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First on TVNewser: MSNBC is set to announce changes to its daytime lineup, perhaps as early as today.
Cable news newcomer Ronan Farrow (far right) will host his new show at 1pmET, sources tell TVNewser, while Joy Reid (near right), the managing editor of NBC’s TheGrio.com, who has been filling in on MSNBC, is expected to be named host at 2pmET.
Currently, NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell anchors “Andrea Mitchell Reports” at 1pm and Tamron Hall anchors “NewsNation” at 2pm. Hall is negotiating a new contract that would give her an expanded role at the “Today” show while also keeping her on the MSNBC schedule, likely at 11am which has been vacant since Thomas Roberts moved to “Way Too Early.” Meanwhile, the Noon hour has seen fill-in anchors since Alex Wagner moved to 4pm two weeks ago.
Much of MSNBC’s daytime schedule will be in flux for two weeks, starting next week, as the network carries Olympic Hockey and Curling from the Sochi Games.
>Update, 11AM: MSNBC has made it official. The changes take effect after the Olympics. Read the release after the jump.
“NewsNation” with Tamron Hall moves to 11 a.m., “Andrea Mitchell Reports” moves to Noon ET
MSNBC introduces Ronan Farrow at 1 p.m. and Joy Reid at 2 p.m. ET
NEW YORK – January 27, 2014 – MSNBC’s new daytime programming schedule will debut on Monday, February 24. The announcement was made today by Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC.
Starting Feb. 24, “News Nation” with Tamron Hall will move to 11 a.m. ET and “Andrea Mitchell Reports” will move to 12 p.m. ET.
“Tamron has established herself as one of the best news anchors in the business. It strengthens us to have her hosting during our morning news block,” said Griffin. “Andrea Mitchell is so critical to msnbc and I’ve always thought her show should be at noon. Andrea brings on the biggest newsmakers of the day and the new time slot will help showcase her work.”
MSNBC is adding two new voices with Ronan Farrow at 1 p.m. and Joy Reid at 2 p.m.
“One of the highlights of this job is finding new talent,” said Griffin. “Ronan and Joy are two of the most thoughtful and impressive journalists out there and I’m excited for what they will bring to the afternoon.”
MSNBC DAYTIME SECHEDULE – as of Feb. 24:
9 AM – The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd
10 AM – Jansing and Co.
11 AM – NewsNation with Tamron Hall
NOON – Andrea Mitchell Reports
1 PM – Ronan Farrow hosts*
2PM – Joy Reid hosts *
3P – The Cycle
4P – NOW with Alex Wagner
*show names for 1p and 2p to come
MSNBC announced Ronan Farrow’s show development in October 2013. Prior to joining MSNBC, Farrow was a foreign policy official in the first Obama administration. He founded the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues and reported to the Secretary of State as the United States’ first Special Adviser for Global Youth during the Arab Spring revolutions. He also served for two years as a US diplomat focused on the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A lawyer and a Rhodes Scholar, Farrow has written about human rights and foreign policy outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.
Joy Reid has been the managing editor of TheGrio.com and MSNBC contributor since July 2011. She’s also been a frequent substitute host on MSNBC during all dayparts. Reid is a political columnist for “The Miami Herald” and editor of the politics blog The Reid Report. Reid has worked in television and radio news since 1998 and her columns have appeared in a variety of outlets including Salon.com.