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Olbermann Suspension Lifted

That was fast. In a statement sent by NBC’s Jeremy Gaines, MSNBC President Phil Griffin declares “Countdown” Host Keith Olbermann‘s suspension over.

The release:


From Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC:

After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night’s program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy. We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night.

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MSNBC’s Alana Russo Heads to The CW in LA

Longtime MSNBC Senior Communications Director Alana Russo is leaving MSNBC to go to The CW. Read her farewell letter below. We wish her the best.


After eight great years with MSNBC and NBC U, I’m moving on (to Los Angeles!) and will be joining The CW as of 10/25.  To reach me after tomorrow, please email me at BLANK or call me at BLANK.

For MSNBC questions, please contact Jeremy Gaines at BLANK or Lauren Skowronski at BLANK.

I look forward to working with you again soon!


Alana Russo
Senior Director, Communications

Morning Reading List, 07.14.08

Good morning, Washington. Above, Adam Verdugo makes his television debut.

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Matthews Says “Sorry”

His remarks:

    “Was it fair to say that Hillary Clinton, like any great politician took advantage of a crisis to prove herself? Was her conduct in 1998 a key to starting her independent electoral career the following year? Yes. Was it fair to imply that Hillary’s whole career depended on being a victim of an unfaithful husband? No. And that’s what it sounded like I was saying. And it hurt people. People I’d like to think normally like what I say. In fact, normally like me. As I said, I rely on my heart to guide me in the heated, fast-paced talk we have here on Hardball. A heart that bears only goodwill toward people trying to make it out there, especially those who haven’t before. If my heart has not always controlled my words, on those occasions when I have not taken the time to say things right or have simply said the inappropriate thing, I’ll try to be clearer, smarter, more obviously in support of the right of women, of all people, the full equality and respect for their ambitions.”

MediaMatters has the video.

On the heels of this MSNBC debate, a few tipsters wrote in asking how MSNBC will address, if at all, the recent Ezra Klein saga. So we asked MSNBC’s spokesperson Jeremy Gaines twice via email, but he hasn’t returned them.

NBC, MSNBC and 400 N. Capitol

Last week, FTVLive mentioned the rumor that NBC/MSNBC’s 400 North Capitol Street Bureau will relocate to 4001 Nebraska Avenue (where “Meet the Press” is filmed).

We’ve dug into the story a bit more (as did this morning’s Politico). The questions:

How much does their 400 North Capitol Street lease cost? Some estimates put it at $500,000 a year.

Will this lead to layoffs? Some staffers think that it’s likely that some trimming will be done but Jeremy Gaines said “the concept of any bureau being downsized is completely preposterous” (although FTVLive said that staffers may be “asked to relocate to NYC.”)

Is it part of NBC 2.0? Hard to say, and also hard to call it a cost-cutting move since it will take many years for NBC/MSNBC to make back the amount of money they’ll have to initially spend to relocate their operation.

So why the move? Depends on your take. Some say it’s to cut costs, some say it’s due to internal politics (remember that Big Russ spends much of his time over at 4001 Nebraska Avenue…). At this point, who knows… There does, however, seem to be a belief amongst many staffers that ditching the 400 N. Capitol location “looks bad” from a “prestige standpoint.”

Is it odd timing? With the 2008 presidential election coming up, you betcha.

Is Chris Matthews going to be happy? No way. Getting guests to make the long trek to 4001 Nebraska is not going to be as easy as it was to get them to simply walk to 400 North Capitol. (MapQuest puts the distance between the U.S. Capitol Building and 400 North Capitol at .52 miles. From the U.S. Capitol Building to 4001 Nebraska Avenue? 6.13 miles). In their piece, FTVLive said that “MSNBC may or may not try to retain a small portion of for guest purposes.” Both Tucker Carlson and Tammy Haddad, however, will have shorter commutes (in fact, one staffer said that lots of folks actually live closer to 4001 Nebraska Avenue than 400 N. Capitol).

When would this move take place? September, possibly.

Who could benefit from the NBC/MSNBC’s evacuation? Fox. Fox already has an operation out of 400 North Capitol and
their business channel could very well want NBC/MSNBC’s spot.

Those of you in the loop, shoot us a line or drop us a note in the anonymous tips box.