MSNBC Will Replace Greta Van Susteren with Ari Melber

Greta Van Susteren Leaving Fox News
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Greta Van Susteren is leaving MSNBC, less than seven months after she joined the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news outlet.

The network intends to replace her at 6 p.m. with Ari Melber, according to a memo from Phil Griffin, MSNBC’s president.

“MSNBC and Greta Van Susteren have decided to part ways,” said Griffin, in the memo. “Greta is a well-regarded television veteran and one of only a few broadcasters who can say they’ve hosted shows at all three major cable news networks. We are grateful to her and wish her the best.”

Van Susteren arrived at MSNBC after a successful primetime stint at Fox News Channel. She left the 21st Century Fox-owned cable network in September of last year in the aftermath of the ouster of Roger Ailes. When she joined MSNBC, she was seen as part of an effort to render the network, which had gained a strong reputation for tilting left throughout the day, more centrist. These days, MSNBC offers a progressive viewpoint during primetime, but tries to focus on breaking news during the day – and has in fact brought more of breaking-news elements to its primetime programs.

MSNBC has seen a surge in viewership since the start of the year, but Van Susteren’s program, “For The Record,” has not enjoyed similar gains. The show has trailed its two main competitors, Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” and CNN’s “The Situation Room,” and has had a tough time maintaining the lead in it gets from Chuck Todd’s “MTP Daily” at 5 p.m.

Van Susteren acknowledged the departure on Twitter, saying simply, “I am out at MSNBC.”

Her replacement, Melber, is a familiar presence at MSNBC. He is the network’s chief legal correspondent, anchors his own program on weekends, and frequently fills in for MSNBC’s primetime hosts when they are not available.

“Ari is a frequent presence on Today and across various MSNBC shows and will continue those appearances as he takes on his new duties,” Griffin said. He is expected to start next month. MSNBC will utilize a rotation of hosts until he starts, suggesting that Van Susteren will not continue at her hour.

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  1. Ruth Montano says:

    Ari Melber MSNBC new show😎👍🏽🤓wow great choice!!!!!!

  2. brilliantatbreakfast says:

    They already have centrist talking heads in the personae of Chris Matthews, Brian Williams, and Andrea Mitchell. The GOP has gone so far to the right that even former BushCo shill Nicolle Wallace seems centrist. Hiring wingnut hacks out of Fox News and phonies like Hugh Hewitt does not make MSNBC “centrist”. All it does is alienate MSNBC’s loyal viewer base, who are younger and more tech-literate and will shut a Fox-lite MSNBC down in favor of podcasts.

  3. Janet Beauregard Saldana says:

    She is an excellent journalist. I for one will miss her. She does this job because it is in her blood. She is a multimillionaire and doesn’t need the work. Same with Megyn Kelly.

  4. geri313 says:

    If you want to bring in more centrist journalists, i.e. the overwhelming majority of journalists, then do so. The folks at Fox “News” lean right, and most of them (like Megan Kelly) are not journalists. The NBC family does itself a great disservice by dumbing itself down with untrained folks like this. Bryant Gumbel may have worked, but he’s the exception, not the rule.

  5. Ben says:

    Ari is much better anyway, a good decision

  6. Sam P says:

    Is Andy Lack next to go? (I hope!) Lack brought in Van Susteren, Megyn Kelly, Nicole Wallace and George Will in an attempt to “Fox-ify” MSNBC. So far Lack’s experiment is failing spectacularly.

    • Robin says:

      I like Nicole Wallace. She’s seen the light.

    • Mediamaven says:

      God, I hope Lack IS next. And I agree that the others on your thumbs-down list also need to go, w the exception of Nicolle Wallace. I am well aware that she worked for W The Worst but I have found her to be extremely sharp, smart, sincere & honest & I really like her show. She leads lively discussions that ring true.

  7. Marcus says:

    scientologists like thiw can never be REAL Journalists. They cannot believe in or admit certain facts. Good on MSNBC for coming to their senses and cutting the cord so fast.

  8. beckerjr says:

    Just shows that MSNBC is dumping the farce that they are a real,news channel. They are going full hate train on anyone that’s not a far left SJW.

  9. George Lewis says:

    Greta on any network is boring. Also a crazy scientologist.

  10. Sherry says:

    Greta is the best!! She isn’t afraid to agree or disagree with the Democrats or the Republicans! MSNBC made a big mistake!!

  11. Nona Davis says:

    Greta was not a good fit for MSNBC! Happy for Ari Members. I enjoyed him on , The Cycle! I hope that Andy Lacks gets the point that this is not FOX!

  12. drain it says:

    Greta and Megyn, Bye bye.

  13. cadavra says:

    One down, two to go. Who’s next, Andrew? Megyn Kelly or Gretchen Carlson?

  14. paully says:

    Greta is not very good at her job.. And in Hi Def her face is a little scary..

  15. Mark says:

    Don’t bother unpacking the boxes in your new office Hugh Hewitt.

    • Susan Piedmonte says:

      Hugh is another bad mistake MSNBC !! Annoying voice to begin with .. so many younger one’s to choose from.. Ari is a perfect choice , easy on the eye and nerves !! Bravo for Ari n MSNBC !!
      Chop Andrea next !! Please !!!

  16. Cath says:

    Melber has been filling in for a lot of their anchors. So what is going to happen to Greta? Where is she going next?

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