Ari Melber takes over Greta Van Susteren’s former MSNBC time slot Monday. The Beat with Ari Melber is the network’s new 6 p.m. ET show. It will be based in New York, airing between two D.C. shows: MTP Daily and Hardball.
Melber has taken on a variety of roles at the network since arriving in 2011 as a contributor. He was a co-host on the former weekday panel program The Cycle from 2013-2015, and a frequent substitute host on the network’s prime time shows, All in With Chris Hayes, The Rachel Maddow Show, and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. He’s also been MSNBC’s chief legal correspondent.
In addition to getting his own show, Melber is taking on a new role as NBC News legal analyst, where he will contribute across all NBC News platforms.
TVNewser has obtained the internal memo MSNBC president Phil Griffin sent to staff:
I’m very happy to share some exciting news: “THE BEAT WITH ARI MELBER” will premiere at 6 p.m. E.T. this Monday, July 24th.
I’m also pleased to announce Ari is taking on a new role as NBC News Legal Analyst, contributing across all NBC News platforms including TODAY.
Ari first came to MSNBC six years ago as a contributor. He then joined us as a reporter, rising to become Chief Legal Correspondent and earning an Emmy for his reporting on the Supreme Court. He is already a familiar face to our viewers as a regular guest-host for all our primetime shows and, most recently, as host of “THE POINT WITH ARI MELBER.”
With Washington experience from his days as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate, Ari knows politics and government first-hand. He is a graduate of Cornell Law school and a First Amendment attorney whose writings have been published in the Washington Post, Politico, The Nation and The Atlantic, among others.
Ari will remain based in New York and continue to write about politics and law for our digital platforms. Please join me in congratulating him.