Tucker Out, David Gregory In at MSNBC
MSNBC Cancels Tucker , to Replace It with Race for the White House with David Gregory
By Alex Weprin -- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/10/2008 9:56:00 AM
MSNBC canceled Tucker, its Monday-Friday 6 p.m. show, NBC confirmed. In its place, the cable network will debut Race for the White House with David Gregory, a daily look at the latest presidential-election news anchored by NBC News chief White House correspondent David Gregory.
Tucker Carlson -- who has shifted time slots, shows and formats on a number of occasions since joining MSNBC -- will remain with the network in an as-yet-unannounced capacity.
David Gregory won’t be the only NBC Newser making the jump to the network’s cable channel. Andrea Mitchell, NBC’s chief foreign-affairs correspondent, will anchor MSNBC daily from 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Other programming changes include a change of format for Live with Dan Abrams, which will relaunch as Verdict with Dan Abrams and will now air every weekday from 9 p.m.-10 p.m.
Abrams’ new show will continue to look at the days’ news from a legal perspective. Perhaps taking a cue from its lead-in, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Abrams will choose winners and losers on topics ranging from politics to pop culture.
Countdown will also get a second showing in primetime, with a replay of the show airing at 10 p.m.
"Viewers are incredibly engaged this election season, with a real appetite for political news," said Phil Griffin, senior vice president of NBC News and executive in charge of MSNBC, in announcing the programming shuffle. "As NBC News' chief White House correspondent, David is the perfect person to lead this key hour of our election coverage. Tucker is one of the top political minds inside the Beltway, and we look forward to continuing to feature his insightful analysis."
Adding Gregory and Mitchell to the daily MSNBC lineup marked the latest in a series of moves that have seen greater integration between MSNBC and NBC News.
Unlike rivals CNN and Fox News Channel, MSNBC can cull talent from its highly rated network-news team for analysis on the cable network -- an opportunity it has been keen to take.
With the broadcast networks, including NBC, preferring to rely on entertainment programming during much of the presidential primary season, broadcast anchors Brian Williams, Tim Russert and Tom Brokaw have instead appeared on MSNBC’s primary coverage.
Williams, Mitchell and Gregory have all filled in as guest hosts on MSNBC in the past.
Why did obama and Rev. Wright vacation in the same area of the caribean? Also why isn't anybody talking about Obama's wife's speeches and interviews where she talks about not having anything to proud of this country til now and how evil and mean this country is. Doesn't this sound a bit familiar? This is one typical white person that will not be voting for the typical black candidate.
Alice V. Seise-Eden - 3/27/2008 5:23:00 PM EDT
Looking forward to David answering questions never before
addressed on MSNBC or any other network. Such as:
Why is no one commenting on the Arab point of view in reference
to who is to be our next president? Arabs from many countries
have no respect for a woman, what they think, say or are. What
makes Americans think that the next four years of a woman
president will be anything more than a stale mate. Nothing will
be accomplished because the Arab mentality will shut off to a
woman president. How about this issue for a debate?
David Beasch - 3/17/2008 2:35:00 PM EDT
Tucker - You'll be sorely missed. Your intelligence, insights and wit brought a refreshing change of perspective to the many issues of the day. Thanks for the memories.
Marley Vetter - 3/13/2008 7:03:00 PM EDT
Tucker we'll miss you! Since we can only get MSNBC at my place at work, each day at 5pm when I work late, I look forward to you brightening up my afternoon. You are the only thing I watch on MSNBC.
Tucker fan in MO - 3/11/2008 9:33:00 AM EDT
I am so pleased that MSNBC is replacing Tucker. His show was the only
one I couldn't tolerate watching on the network and David Gregory will be
a welcome change.
Morgan A - 3/11/2008 8:27:00 AM EDT
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