NBC dumps Daniels talker, but plans to keep the Faith

Faith Daniels, currently host of an NBC daytime talkshow, will move to prime time as one of the anchors on the news division’s latest one-hour magazine, set to launch later this year under the aegis of producer Steve Friedman.

NBC News will end production of “Faith Daniels” on March 3, with rebroadcasts to air through March 19.

NBC, which already has announced a June premiere for the new Paramount series “John & Leeza” (featuring “Entertainment Tonight’s” John Tesh and Leeza Gibbons), will replace “Daniels” with “Family Fun,” a new half-hour relationship game show hosted by Bob Eubanks and produced by Dave Bell Associates.

Jeff Gaspin, VP of prime time pro-gramming and development, said Daniels will bring her “experience and skills as a reporter, interviewer and news anchor” to the show. “This move is the result of our decision at NBC News to focus more of our resources in prime time.”

Daniels joined the network in 1990 after working at CBS News since 1985.

Since joining NBC she has anchored news segments on “Today” and “NBC News at Sunrise” and was featured during coverage of the Barcelona Olympics.

“Faith Daniels,” at best a marginal ratings performer, premiered as “A Closer Look” in January 1991.

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