Ticker: Nicolle Wallace Returns, CNBC, Michigan Primary

By Mark Mwachiro 

  • After a three-month absence due to maternity leave, MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace returned to the network’s lineup on Monday, anchoring her afternoon political show, Deadline: White House. “It’s so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone,” she said at the start of her show before quickly pivoting to breaking news coverage. Wallace gave birth to her second child, Isabella “Izzy” Sloane Schmidt, back in November. MSNBC teased Wallace’s return on Friday’s edition of Deadline as she spoke on the phone with fill-in anchor Alicia Menendez about coming back, leading Menendez to joke that internet sleuths can stop searching for MSNBC’s maternity leave policy.

  • CNBC’s largest studio at its Englewood Cliffs, NJ, headquarters recently underwent a significant makeover. According to NewscastStudio, Studio A’s 7,000-square-foot space saw a top-to-bottom overhaul that created a “brighter and infinitely more flexible studio environment attuned to CNBC’s new on-air vision.” New expansive LED video walls and integrated LED lighting that can quickly shift colors were some of the technologies added to the studio. Steve Fastook, CNBC, svp, technical and commercial operations, said, “Now you can program the video; you can program the colors; you can program the foreground bands; you can program the colors in the stage. All of that is buildable and is attached to the same technology that we use for everything else.”
  • MSNBC will have special election coverage of the Michigan primary on Tuesday night. Its coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET and will be led by primetime anchors Chris Hayes and Alex Wagner. As usual, Steve Kornacki will be at his spot at the big board, analyzing the results coming through the night. Meanwhile, CNN, Fox News and NewsNation will cover the primary as part of the regular primetime lineup.