News program to premiere Feb. 28 at 3 p.m.

MSNBC’s Martin Bashir finally has a slot on the news net.

The Peacock cabler welcomed Bashir aboard in September and hired Bob Morrissey in November as exec producer for his upcoming show, but without setting an airdate. Now, exec editor Yvette Miley has announced internally that the program (which appears to be called “Martin Bashir”) will premiere Feb. 28 at 3 p.m.

“Bob, Martin and team have been eagerly awaiting the launch date and now it is one week away,” Miley wrote in a memo to staff.

The net is also moving Thomas Roberts, who has been filling in at the 3 o’clock hour, to “MSNBC Live” at 11 a.m. – meaning that morning show “Jansing & Co.” will be scaled back to a single hour from 10 a.m. to 11. Miley told staff MSNBCers that the smaller timeslot would allow Chris Jansing to travel for coverage of events including the April 29 wedding of England’s Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the May 1 beatification of John Paul II.

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