MSNBC to Launch Ronan Farrow, Joy Reid In Daytime

Ronan Farrow

NBCUniversal outlet tinkers with daytime, setting Andrea Mitchell at noon

MSNBC said it would launch two new programs in its daytime schedule, including one hosted by Ronan Farrow, a Rhodes scholar and former Obama foreign policy official whose celebrity lineage has drawn much scrutiny.

The network, which has made several prominent shuffles to its daytime and early evening schedules in recent weeks, said it would launch Farrow in an hour-long program starting February 24 at 1 p.m. Joy Reid, a contributor to MSNBC, will host a program at 2 p.m. The two programs that occupied those time slots – “Andrea Mitchell Reports” and “NewsNation with Tamron Hall” – to 12 p.m. and 11 a.m., respectively.

“Ronan and Joy are two of the most thoughtful and impressive journalists out there and I’m excited for what they will bring to the afternoon,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a prepared statement.

The two hours Mitchell and Hall will soon inhabit are currently devoted to regular news coverage.

MSNBC has been working to improve its daytime slots, particularly as the network attempts to pursue both analysis of news events through a progressive lens as well as breaking-news coverage. In recent months, it has been subject to critiques that it is not as interested in pursuing news as it happens, giving rival CNN some ballast.

In recent months, MSNBC has moved an original hour of  early evening host Chris Matthews to 7 p.m., returned Ed Schultz to a daily roost at 5 p.m and filled the 4 p.m. slot of Martin Bashir with Alex Wagner in the wake of controversial remarks Bashir made about pundit and former U.S. Vice President candidate Sarah Palin.

“Tamron has established herself as one of the best news anchors in the business. It strengthens us to have her hosting during our morning news block,” said Griffin. “Andrea Mitchell is so critical to MSNBC and I’ve always thought her show should be at noon. Andrea brings on the biggest newsmakers of the day and the new time slot will help showcase her work.”

MSNBC has been developing a show with Farrow since October. A lawyer, Farrow founded the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues and reported to the Secretary of State as the United States’ first Special Adviser for Global Youth during the Arab Spring revolutions. He also served for two years as a U.S. diplomat focused on the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Joy Reid has been the managing editor of TheGrio.com and an MSNBC contributor since July 2011. She’s also been a frequent substitute host on MSNBC during all dayparts. Reid is a political columnist for “The Miami Herald” and editor of the politics blog The Reid Report.

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  1. Delores C. McClure says:

    I have been a long time viewer of MSNBC. I was excited when Joy Reid appeared on the scene. She was not Halle Berry pretty but she looked like me and she is smart, articulate and excited to bring her fans the news of the day. How can you keep Tamaran Hall and Alex wagner , who are light weights in comparision to Reid and Farrow. I am a 77 year old, African American great grandmother still working full time. I remember when a young woman such as Reid “need not apply” I do not have many causes but this dismissal has become very bothersome to me. I watch your network from Rev. Al to Lawrence O’Donnell. You are blessed with talented anchors. Please do something to bring my two favorites back to the screen . I am happy to know they were not fired. My big question is how is Hall more critical to your network than Reid.? I do not want Hall or Wagner fired either, but next to Reid and Farrow they are light, light weights. Please do not think about replacing TRMS. Thank you for reading my comments. Before I close thank you for MHP and Alex Witt. May you continue to bring us the best in news coverage from the best.

  2. Barry Tucker says:

    Excellent choice re J. Reid.

  3. Stavon says:

    “you now most blacks are uneducated…” oh the irony in your comment.

    Disagreeing with Obama doesn’t make you a racist. I disagree with him on many issues. However, stating that black commentators all “shuckle and jive” does make you a racist.

  4. Robin Cohen says:

    Calling Sarah Palin a pundit is a stretch at the very least-more like a leap to Fantasyland with her as the wicked Queen.

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