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MSNBC Demotes Al Sharpton to Sunday Morning

Soon it really will be the Rachel Maddow Network. Via Hollywood Reporter: MSNBC is moving reverend and talk-show host Al Sharpton’s PoliticsNation to Sundays, network president Phil Griffin said in a memo on Wednesday. Its last weekday airing will be on Sept. Show More Summary

MSNBC Moves Low-Rated Al Sharpton to Sunday Mornings

MSNBC president Phil Griffin has finally decided what to do with Al Sharpton’s low-rated Politics Nation show, announcing in a staff memo that the controversial host will move to Sunday mornings. Sharpton’s last weekday show will air on September 4, and he will start in his new 8 a.m. Sunday slot on October 4, according […]

MSNBC Axes Ed Show, Alex Wagner; Lets Go Krystal Ball, Toure.But Now They're Bringing In Their Big Guns -- Brian Williams

That'll fix things up just right. Shows being canceled outright include The Cycle, a multiple-host show similar to Fox?s The Five, Now with Alex Wagner, and The Ed Show. Politico reports that MSNBC President Phil Griffin is expected to make...

MSNBC Preps for Brian Williams’ Return by Canceling 3 Daytime Shows

When asked about MSNBC's low ratings two years ago, Phil Griffin, the network's president, said they weren't even trying to compete with CNN's breaking news coverage because "We’re not the place for that." But earlier this year, MSNBC decided that it probably should be the place for breaking news, not... More »

MSNBC Rumor Alert: Olbermann Coming Back? Several Shows Getting Slashed?

last monthNews : Mediaite

Late last year, as MSNBC bled primetime viewers, network chief Phil Griffin openly sought to "broaden" the channel's coverage, away from progressive commentary-heavy talk shows and back to human interest stories and hard news. Since then, multiple shows have been cancelled and jobs have been called into question.

Phil Griffin Makes Smoothies From ‘Ugly’ Foods

In honor of Earth Day and tonight’s premiere of Just Eat It, MSNBC president Phil Griffin has started his very own Instagram account. Griffin launched the account with a video encouraging people to join MSNBC in taking the #NoFoodWasted challenge. Show More Summary

Johnny Jumper

This ten minute Canadian epic is awesome. Johnny Jumper features Phil McKnight - Scott Varney - Corey Lof - Chris Wardle - Rob Mentov - Tom Berry - Erik Tarlowski - Sam Beaulieu - Tyler Pearson-Mallin - Griffin Kirby - Nolan Waller -...Show More Summary

Why Does Morning Joe Defy MSNBC's Disastrous Trend?

Per Charlie’s excellent take on MSNBC’s decline, there’s a sweet ha-ha about Phil Griffin’s lefty business model. Despite all the mandated ideology over at Rockefeller Center, the fact is is that Morning Joe – hosted by a conservative (go ahead, scream)  – is arguably the cable channel’s most-important show, on all fronts. Show More Summary

Of Course MSNBC Is Boring

The troubles continue at MSNBC. Per Dylan Byers at Politico: In a memo to staff in December, MSNBC President Phil Griffin conceded that the network is suffering: “It’s no secret that 2014 was a difficult year for the entire cable news industry and especially for MSNBC,” he wrote. Show More Summary

MSNBC Partners With 92Y to Celebrate ‘7 Days of Genius’

In December, MSNBC President Phil Griffin signaled that the network would be expanding its programming beyond DC and Beltway politics. To kick this off, two weeks ago, ahead of ‘7 Days of Genius: Venture into the Extraordinary Festival’...Show More Summary

MSNBC Axing Farrow, Reid Doesn’t Solve Anything — Only Replacing Phil Griffin Does

6 months agoNews : Mediaite

And when the losses mounted and morale continued to tumble, the guy in charge fired the punter and field goal kicker. The NFL season may be over, but the analogies never go out of style...particularly as they apply to the Washington Redskins of cable news in the form of MSNBC. Show More Summary

Morning Joe Flops in Primetime Experiment

MSNBC president Phil Griffin apparently thought that taking the flagging Morning Joe program and plopping it into the prime time schedule was going to help solve the network’s ratings woes, but instead it turned into a ratings disaster for the liberal cable news network. Last Friday, MSNBC aired a two-hour version of Morning Joe at […]

Dana Haller Out as ‘Now with Alex Wagner’ EP

Dana Haller, who worked her way up from executive assistant to MSNBC president Phil Griffin to executive producer, is taking on a new role at the network. An MSNBC source reveals exclusively to TVNewser that Haller has been moved off “NOW with Alex Wagner” to the newly-created role of Senior EP of Strategic Content. Show More Summary

Fox News’ Roger Ailes Praises Staff—Urges Them to Maintain Commitment

Following on the heels of upbeat year-end messages from MSNBC president Phil Griffin and CNN president Jeff Zucker, Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes emailed his staff a similarly upbeat message this week, thanking them for their hard work, and reminding them that just because they are the runaway number one cable news network, […]

MSNBC’s Phil Griffin Blasted in New York Post Article: ‘He’s in a Lot of Trouble’

8 months agoNews : Mediaite

MSNBC's President Phil Griffin had to achieve the seemingly impossible this week: make the network's end of year ratings seem well, not quite so bad.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin Admits 2014 Was a “Difficult Year” for the Network

MSNBC president Phil Griffin, who The New York Times’ David Carr identified as being on the hot seat in 2015, sent his annual year-end memo to staffers this week, calling 2014 a “difficult year for the entire cable news industry and especially for MSNBC.” While admitting that MSNBC has faced some tough challenges this year, […]

MSNBC Getting Younger as Viewers Decline

MSNBC president Phil Griffin, whose cable news network lost primetime viewers this season, told staffers he would turn things around by continuing a push for younger viewers in 2015. "It's no secret that 2014 was a difficult year for the entire cable news industry and especially for MSNBC," Griffin wrote in a memo sent Monday. Show More Summary

2014 Ratings: MSNBC Sees Big Declines, Finishes #2 Among Total Prime Viewers

MSNBC president Phil Griffin, in a letter to the network’s staff, conceded 2014 was a rough year, for cable news in general, and “especially for MSNBC.” MSNBC held on to second place over CNN among total viewers in prime, but lost in...Show More Summary

Fox News Channel Is Most Watched Cable News Net For 13th Straight Year

MSNBC played a deft round of Hide the Weenie the day before 2014 cable news ratings came out, when it leaked to the LA Times a memo from its president Phil Griffin to staff, in which he navel lint gazed about how "technology is continuing...Show More Summary

MSNBC President Phil Griffin Seeks Expansion Outside The Beltway

8 months agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlDC

According to the LA Times, MSNBC president Phil Griffin voiced his desire to expand the channel’s programming and news coverage beyond Washington. In an end of the year internal staff memo, Griffin admits 2014 was a difficult year for...Show More Summary

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