Donahue departure could signal schedule shuffle

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With industry talk of Phil Donahue's imminent departure from MSNBC growing
louder, word has it that the third-place cable news channel has been talking
about possible backup scenarios for the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. slot currently occupied
by his much-touted talker.

Any changes could come by the end of the year.

If there has to be some near-term schedule shuffling, it could prove simply a
placeholder schedule.

Outgoing Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is apparently
joining MSNBC come spring to host a prime time talk show, although there's no
official word of a deal with Ventura yet.

Stay tuned.

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