MSNBC chief Phil Griffin finally parsed out some details on the network’s much discussed daytime lineup and confirmed Brian Williams will return to the air next week when Pope Francis lands for his U.S. visit, and Kate Snow is getting the cable news net’s 3-5 PM block, Griffin confirmed. Griffin also said Chuck Todd takes over at 5 PM for MSNBC, as previously reported, the same night Trevor Noah debuts on The Daily Show: September 28. Snow also has been named Sunday editor of NBC broadcast network’s Nightly News.
In today’s news, Griffin outlined the responsibilities of the editorial leadership team for MSNBC’s new lineup. Snow begins her Nightly News duties on Sunday, October 4. Her increased on-air presence is not a surprise as the election cycle revs up. Before joining NBC News, she was White House Correspondent for ABC News and Congressional Correspondent for CNN, giving her a background covering the political landscape. That includes four presidential elections, in addition to the White House and Congress.
INTERNAL MEMO FROM MSNBC PRESIDENT PHIL GRIFFIN
As we sharpen our focus on live, breaking news in the daytime and smart, informed analysis and opinion in primetime – I want to share some new programming elements and management changes with you.
Starting next week, we’ll welcome two new anchors to our afternoon lineup, as we draw on our best breaking news talent from across MSNBC and NBC News.
I’m happy to share the good news that Kate Snow will join our anchor team and be in the chair from 3:00pm to 5:00pm each day. Please join me in welcoming Kate to our dayside lineup, and also congratulating her on another new role – as announced earlier today, Kate is now the anchor of the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News.
Also, as you know, Brian Williams will be leading our live, breaking news coverage – helping viewers navigate big moments. He will begin on Tuesday with the arrival of Pope Francis.
Then, on Monday, September 28, Chuck Todd’s new show will debut at 5pm. MTP Daily will bring the insight and power of Meet the Press to our air every day of the week. We hope it will become the daily cable news show of record for the 2016 campaign.
Behind the scenes: Powering our new lineup is an outstanding editorial leadership team. Izzy Povich will be the Executive Producer of our morning news coverage, and Pat Burkey will be the Executive Producer in charge of afternoon news coverage. Izzy and Pat are a formidable team – and they both have the distinction of having been with MSNBC on our very first day in 1996. You all know Izzy as a highly accomplished and respected producer. In Pat, we are fortunate to have an extremely talented editorial force coming off an incredible run at Nightly – leading the flagship broadcast through four straight years as number one in all categories in a very competitive field.
Rashida Jones will be the Managing Editor for dayside and will have the pivotal role of overseeing all of our coverage throughout the news day. She will work closely with Izzy and Pat – all three will report to me.
Yvette Miley, SVP, MSNBC, will continue to work closely with me and the dayside leadership team and will be responsible for talent management in front of and behind the camera plus weekend and overnight editorial coverage. In addition, Yvette will take on responsibility for leading diversity for NBC News and MSNBC, working with me, Deborah, and Craig Robinson. Yvette’s editorial and leadership experience will be invaluable to both businesses as we strive to increase the diversity of our viewers and users.
The whole team will partner with Mark Lukasiewicz during big breaking news events. Mark will lead coordination across both networks.
We’ll have more to share soon about some additional assignments, and you’ll be seeing this new structure phase in over the next several weeks.
This is an exciting time. Thanks as always for all your hard work. We’re making great strides every day.