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MSNBC Taps Alex Wagner For Maddow’s Time Slot

The New York Times reports: MSNBC has named Alex Wagner to succeed Rachel Maddow as the weekday host of its 9 p.m. hour four days a week, turning to a political news veteran to fill one of the network’s most important time slots. Ms. Wagner, 44, is a fixture of Washington journalism with roots in progressive news and opinion outlets. …

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MSNBC Formally Announces Hiring Of Jen Psaki

The Hill reports: MSNBC on Tuesday announced the hiring of former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. Psaki, who left the White House earlier this month, will appear on NBC’s various channels and platforms as part of its politics coverage this fall and will eventually host a new original program on MSNBC. The new program, slated to launch in the …

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Ex-Fox Anchor Chris Wallace To Host New CNN Show

Axios reports: Warner Bros. Discovery, CNN’s new parent company, plans to announce during its upfront presentation to advertisers on Wednesday that Chris Wallace will host a Sunday evening show on CNN. The longtime Fox News host had recently moved to CNN to launch a show on its now-defunct streaming service, CNN+. Wallace, who was hosting an interview show four days …

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Variety: Warner To Shutter CNN+ After Only One Month

Variety reports: Warner Bros. Discovery is shutting down CNN+ and is expected to provide details to staffers Thursday, according to two people familiar with the matter. Spokespersons for CNN and Warner Bros. Discovery could not be reached for immediate comment. Axios reports: CNN+ has roughly 150,000 subscribers so far. Warner Bros. Discovery wants to eventually build one giant service around …

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Rachel Maddow Show To Go Mondays Only [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Rachel Maddow doesn’t seem to have much in common with John Oliver. But starting next month, the MSNBC anchor and the HBO comic will offer viewers something similar: a program that analyzes the news just once each week. Starting in May, Maddow will scale back her duties at MSNBC, moving from what had been a five-days-per-week role to …

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Ex-CNN Host Chris Cuomo Seeks $125M From Network

Deadline reports: After months of legal anticipation following his December 2021 firing by Jeff Zucker, Chris Cuomo has just launched the official opening salvo in what looks to be protracted battle with CNN over not only $125 million in cash, but his character and family drama as well. “As a result of Turner’s indefensible choice to unceremoniously fire him, Cuomo …

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Fox Cameraman Killed In Ukraine By Incoming Attack

Deadline reports: Fox News said that its cameraman, Pierre Zakrzewski, was killed in Ukraine on Monday when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by oncoming fire. Correspondent Benjamin Hall, who was with him, was injured and remains hospitalized. “Pierre was a war zone photographer who covered nearly every international story for Fox News from Iraq to Afghanistan yo …

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CNN’s Paid Streaming Platform To Launch March 29th

The Verge reports: CNN Plus, the streaming platform from the cable news giant, will debut in the US on March 29th, the company said Friday in a news release. For early subscribers — those who sign up in the first four weeks of its launch— the service will cost $2.99 per month, and they’ll lock in that price for as …

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Ex-Fox Honcho Arrested For Violating Russia Sanctions

The Daily Beast reports: As the United States increasingly goes after some of the Kremlin’s business tentacles, the latest person arrested for violating U.S. sanctions against Russia is a former Fox News director who left to launch a Russian propaganda network. The Department of Justice on Thursday revealed that Jack Hanick was quietly arrested in London on Feb. 3 for …

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CNN’s Streaming Service To Launch at $2.99/Month

The Verge reports: CNN has finally revealed details about pricing for its forthcoming CNN Plus streaming service. Those who subscribe in the first four weeks of CNN Plus launch will pay $2.99 a month, a 50 percent discount off the regular $5.99 per month / $59.99 per year subscription price. Early subscribers will lock in that $2.99 / month price …

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CNN President Jeff Zucker Resigns Over Office Affair

CNN Business reports: CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said Wednesday that he is resigning, effective immediately. Zucker said in a memo, “As part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo’s tenure at CNN, I was asked about a consensual relationship with my closest colleague, someone I have worked with for more than 20 years. I acknowledged the relationship evolved in recent …

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Rachel Maddow To Announce Hiatus From Show

Variety reports: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow plans to take a hiatus in order to focus on other projects she is working on as part of a broader content deal with NBCUniversal, according to two people familiar with the matter. The anchor, who is the linchpin of the cable news outlet’s primetime schedule, is expected to tell viewers about her planned absence, …

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CNN Closes Offices To Nonessential Staff Amid Surge

The Wall Street Journal reports: CNN is closing its offices to nonessential employees, network President Jeff Zucker told employees in a memo Saturday, as Covid-19 cases rise at the network and nationwide. Employees who don’t need to be in the office to produce shows or provide other essential functions for the network’s broadcast operations will be asked to work from …

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Fox Issues Chilly Statement On Wallace’s Departure

The Daily Beast reports: Fox News has released a frigid statement on veteran Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace’s departure for CNN’s new streaming platform, CNN+. Wallace, 74, said he was “ready for a new adventure” at the end of his regular broadcast Sunday. The network’s statement on Wallace’s departure read, in full: “We are extremely proud of our journalism …

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Longtime Fox Anchor Chris Wallace Leaves Network

“After 18 years — this is my final Fox News Sunday. It is the last time — and I say this with real sadness — we will meet like this. “Eighteen years ago, the bosses here at Fox promised me they would never interfere with a guest I booked or a question I asked. And they kept that promise. “I …

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Fox Accused Of Spying On Sexual Harassment Victims

The New York Daily News reports: Fox News staffers who claimed sexual harassment then faced a harassment campaign from their own employer, a previously undisclosed investigation by the city concluded. The conservative network spied on the text messages and deleted computer data of employees who complained about harassing behavior by colleagues and supervisors, according to a complaint by the city …

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Judge: Former Fox Host Must Face Sex Trafficking Suit

Law & Crime reports: Ex-Fox News anchor Ed Henry cannot dismiss a lawsuit accusing him of sex trafficking, as a federal judge advanced several claims against him and the network in a ruling on Thursday. The developments came in a lawsuit filed by ex-associate producer Jennifer Eckhart roughly a year ago, which opened with a “Trigger Warning” cautioning readers with …

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Report: Maddow Reaches Multi-Year Deal With MSNBC

Business Insider reports: MSNBC’s most popular primetime anchor is staying with the company. After months of talks with a host of other networks, Rachel Maddow has opted to stay put thanks to a new multi-year contract that will include developing new projects with MSNBC and parent company NBCUniversal, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations. Maddow hired …

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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin Discusses Zoom-Wanking Incident

CNN reports: Jeffrey Toobin returned to CNN as the network’s chief legal analyst on Thursday, eight months after he exposed himself during a Zoom call with colleagues at The New Yorker. “I feel like we should address what’s happened in the months since we’ve seen you,” Alison Camerota said. She summarized the situation and said, “To quote Jay Leno, ‘What …

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The Last On-Air Liberal At Fox Has Left The Network

The New York Times reports: For seven years, Juan Williams was the lone liberal voice on “The Five,” the network’s popular afternoon chat show. On Wednesday, he announced that he was leaving the program, after months of harsh on-air blowback from his conservative co-hosts. Many Fox News viewers cheered his exit on social media. Donna Brazile, the former Democratic Party …

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