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Gibson to gab at Fox News

With on-air time dwindling, host ankles MSNBC

Fox News Channel has signed MSNBC’s John Gibson to anchor live weekend programming for the news cabler.

Gibson, who had been with MSNBC since its inception, said it was clear that the NBC-owned cable net would be relying on him less now that it is doing fewer talkshows and more hourlong docus.

“MSNBC is not going to do what I do anymore. In order for me to do what I do well, I had to look elsewhere,” said Gibson, whose contract expires Sept. 15. He will begin his Fox News gig the day after that.

Established exec ties

At FNC, Gibson will have the chance to work with Fox News CEO Roger Ailes again. Ailes hired Gibson as a news program host for America’s Talking, the NBC cable net he launched and which evolved into MSNBC.

Gibson said that at one point he was hosting as many as four hours a day of live chat for MSNBC, but that as the cabler moved away from its talkshow format, he had less and less to do. Last month, MSNBC canceled Gibson’s daily afternoon show “Feedback.”

“It was quite clear NBC wasn’t going to have anything for me to do,” said Gibson. “It is gratifying to be joining a full-time news organization.”

A spokesman for MSNBC said “we wish John well.”

Prior to joining MSNBC, Gibson was a West Coast correspondent for NBC News Channel, where he supplied NBC affiliates with live reports on various breaking news events. Previously, he was an NBC News correspondent in California.

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