Former President Trump pledged to investigate Comcast, the parent company of NBC and MSNBC, if he is elected in 2024, saying it “will be thoroughly scrutinized for their knowingly dishonest and corrupt coverage of people, things, and events.” Trump wrote in a Truth Social post Sunday: “They are almost all dishonest and corrupt, but Comcast, with its one-side and vicious coverage by NBC NEWS, and in particular MSNBC, often and correctly referred to as MSDNC (Democrat National Committee!), should be investigated for its ‘Country Threatening Treason.”
MSNBC has expanded its opinion programming at the expense of traditional news hours in recent months, but Rashida Jones, its president, has tried to carve out a daytime weekday block devoted not to the progressive chatter that makes the network a popular destination for anti-Trumpers and liberals, but to what executives hope is seen as just-the-facts reportage.
ESPN scores second place primetime finish.
As the news cycle focus continued to be on Donald Trump’s latest indictment, MSNBC notched another win in primetime. The network averaged 1.99 million viewers on Tuesday evening, with All in with Chris Hayes and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell winning their time periods. Fox News averaged 1.92 million and CNN posted 779,000.
NFL Network scores third-place primetime finish with pre-season football games.
MSNBC’s coverage topped out during the 9 p.m. ET hour on Monday, in which The Rachel Maddow Show featured live reports from Georgia as well as a pre-scheduled sitdown interview with Hillary Clinton. Maddow’s show averaged 3.9 million viewers, a big spike from the 2.45 million average viewers Maddow received last month.
Fox had its post-Tucker nosedive, CNN had the disastrous Trump town hall — and MSNBC has been reaping the benefits.
Season 2 of the travelogue-style show, produced by NBC News Studios, will take Leguizamo to a new selection of cities. Exact locations will be revealed later. (Image: NBC News Studios/MSNBC Films)
Not too long ago, Jen Psaki spent her days trying to explain the inner machinations of Washington to a crowd of skeptical journalists. On Sunday, she will become part of that horde. But if the former White House press secretary has her way, her new MSNBC program, Inside With Jen Psaki, won’t be as grizzled or as cynical as the reporters with whom she often parried. Instead, she says in an interview, “the hope is that when people watch the show, they come away and they learn something they didn’t know before, whether it’s about a person or an issue.”
February marked CNN’s lowest-rated month in a decade, with the network’s primetime lineup dropping 42% among viewers 25-54 — the key demographic group valued by advertisers — compared to the same month one year ago. CNN drew an average primetime audience of 122,000 viewers in the key demo, compared to Fox News Channel’s 299,000 viewers (down 33%). MSNBC was third overall with 119,000 viewers (down 15%).
It’s the latest major labor action to strike a national news organization in recent months as the media industry faces headwinds and cut-backs.
MSNBC announced Tuesday that Senior Vice President of Content Strategy Rebecca Kutler will now oversee all of MSNBC’s non-linear editorial efforts — streaming, digital and audio. She effectively replaces Catherine Kim, who is now focusing on editorial oversight across all of NBC News.
Meanwhile, Chris Jansing will get two hours on the cable news outlet’s weekdays while layoffs have hit the news division of the TV network.
NBC News and MSNBC were undergoing a round of layoffs on Thursday, although the impact appeared to be less severe than the staff reductions at other media entities. The layoffs were in the double digits, according to a source, out of a workforce of about 3,500. CNN reported that the number was around 75. The staff cuts also were scattered across the divisions, according to the source. No on-air talent was expected to be impacted. This follows the announcement earlier this week of layoffs across the parent company NBCUniversal, numbering in the dozens.
During an appearance on “On With Kara Swisher,” CNN’s chairman and CEO Chris Licht opened about who he sees as competition for the cable news channel, and it isn’t Fox News.
Ex-MSNBC host Tiffany Cross learned that she was getting pushed out days ahead of her exit — and threatened to “go out in a blaze” and “take down” the cable-TV network and its boss Rashida Jones, according to sources.
MSNBC has opting not to renew the contract of weekend host Tiffany Cross after almost two years. Cross, whose Saturday show The Cross Connection was a source of controversy for the network, has not commented publicly on the cancellation. Her production team was told of the decision on Friday. They will remain at the network, a source familiar with the matter said, as they also work on MSNBC’s Sunday show in the same slot.
CNN’s loss is MSNBC’s gain. Rebecca Kutler, a veteran CNN talent and development executive who had a hand in the success of anchors and contributors such as Abby Phillip and Van Jones, is joining MSNBC as its senior vice president of content strategy. She will run MSNBC’s streaming efforts and develop new program concepts for both the linear cable network and MSNBC’s presence on the NBCUniversal Peacock streaming hub.
NBCUniversal Chief Executive Officer Jeff Shell has asked his top deputies to find savings at its legacy cable and broadcast TV networks, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans haven’t been finalized.
Fox News, MSNBC, CNN hold top three positions on total day chart.
Fox News again topped the monthly ratings, as The Five topped in total viewers and Tucker Carlson Tonight won the 25-54 demo. The network saw a 4% rise in total day viewership, while it said that its late night show Gutfeld! saw its highest rated month since its April, 2021 launch, with 2.19 million viewers.