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MSNBC is a 24-hour newschannel owned by NBCUniversal, a Comcast company. MSNBC shares a newsroom and studio with NBC News at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Launched on July 15, 1996, MSNBC was originally a joint venture between NBC and Microsoft. MSNBC acquired Microsoft’s stake in MSNBC TV in 2005 and acquired control of msnbc.com from Microsoft in 2012. Reaching more than 95 million households worldwide, MSNBC offers a 24-hour schedule of live news coverage, political opinion programs and documentaries. Phil Griffin is the president of MSNBC.

Gretchen Carlson and Mika Brzezinski Join #WomenofWorth Forum

On air, they are competitors, but today Fox News’s Gretchen Carlson and MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski joined up for the “Women of Worth” Twitter forum.

Hosted by L’Oreal Paris, both anchors tweeted along with thousands of other women sharing stories and insights about the power of self-worth and its ability to elevate women.

And Mika shared her top woman of worth.

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Robin Roberts, Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper on the OUT Power 50

OUT50Several TV news anchors and hosts have made this year’s OUT Power 50 list. It’s the brand’s annual ranking of the most influential LGBT voices in American culture. ABC’s Robin Roberts, who publicly came out late last year, is the first woman of color in the top 10. Here are some TV notables:

35. Suze Orman
27. Don Lemon
14. Anderson Cooper
10. Robin Roberts
3. Rachel Maddow

Ellen DeGeneres, who was number 2 last year, returned to the top spot on the list. Also on the list Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald at #5, Bravo’s Andy Cohen at #8, and Gawker CEO Nick Denton at #45.

(Image via OUT)

Lawrence O’Donnell Will Be Off MSNBC for Several Weeks After Car Accident

lawrence-odonnellLawrence O’Donnell will be off the air for several weeks after being involved in a car accident over the weekend while vacationing.

Here’s MSNBC’s statement:

“Lawrence O’Donnell and his brother Michael were injured in a taxi accident on Saturday while vacationing out of the country. They were transported back to the US – Lawrence to NYC and Michael to Boston. They are both under the care of doctors and expected to make a full recovery. Lawrence will be off from MSNBC for several weeks as he recuperates. Our thoughts and support are with the O’Donnell family and we look forward to having Lawrence back on the air soon.”

No word yet on the extent of the O’Donnell brothers’ injuries, but MSNBC tells us both are in good spirits.

Alex Wagner will fill in on “The Last Word” tonight and tomorrow night, with Ari Melber filling in on Wednesday and Thursday.

‘SNL’ Lampoons CNN Alerts, Al Sharpton

CNNPregnancySNLLast Saturday night, “Fox & Friends” got another send-up on “Saturday Night Live.” Last night CNN’s breaking news alerts and MSNBC host Al Sharpton got the SNL treatment.

The CNN Pregnancy Test gives a hopeful couple an alert on everything but whether they’re having a baby. “The CNN take-home pregnancy test… for when you want to know, when they don’t know.”

In another skit, “Undercover Sharpton” imagines the Rev. Al Sharpton as an undercover FBI informant. Both clips after the jump…

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Does MSNBC Have a Fundraising Double Standard?

ScarboroughWith “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough scheduled to deliver a keynote address at a Republican fundraiser in New Hampshire in May, MSNBC’s political fundraising policy is back in the spotlight.

Earlier this year, Ed Schultz cancelled a scheduled appearance at a Florida Democratic fundraiser. MSNBC claimed Schultz didn’t realize the event was a fundraiser, and cancelled the appearance when he did.

MSNBC has suspended top talent before for crossing the line between on-air advocacy and off-air activity; Scarborough and then-MSNBC host Keith Olbermann were both suspended for donations to their respective political parties in 2010.

The event Scarborough will speak at costs $50 for general admission, and $35 for Young Republicans. The money goes straight to the Republican Party.

We’ve reached out to MSNBC for comment, but have not heard back.

Cable News Takes Home Social Media Shorty Awards

Sarah JonesTVNewser was at last night’s Shorty Awards in New York City, where both MSNBC and Al Jazeera America won awards for their respective social media activities. Our sister site Lost Remote has the full awards recap.

MSNBC.com won the best use of social media for news category, awarded for their Google+ Hangout series on marriage equality. The network beat Al Jazeera America’s social media show, “The Stream,” and The Guardian’s #AskSnowden social campaign, where NSA-leaker Edward Snowden answered reader questions.

We caught up with Executive Editor for MSNBC.com Richard Wolffe after their victory was announced. “For a short person, winning a Shorty is a big deal,” Wolffe joked to TVNewser, adding his take on the success of the social campaign. “You have Andrea Mitchell talking on-air about people she had spoken with on these hangouts…and that was very cool, seeing that integration of digital, and TV, and social media with really respected, experienced journalists.

Al Jazeera America won two awards: best news twitter and best social media journalist; the latter awarded to AJAM deputy news editor, Sarah Jones (pictured above). During her acceptance speech, Jones thanked all those on social media who support under-reported news, and added a request.

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Al Sharpton Calls Story That He Was an FBI Informant ‘Crazy’

al-sharpton-msnbc-hostMSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton doesn’t deny a Smoking Gun report claiming he was an FBI informant, but he calls the story old news.

“I don’t see this as news,” Sharpton told FoxNews.com. “This has been brought up three or four times now. I don’t understand. It’s crazy.”

The story describes how Sharpton secretly recorded Mafia bosses and other underworld figures for an FBI-NYPD crime task force in the mid-1980s.

In a written response through his National Action Network Sharpton acknowledged having contact with the FBI, saying he told agents he was threatened by mobsters and that authorities should investigate the mob trying to squeeze black concert promoters. Sharpton says he was just “trying to get bad guys out of the music industry.”

“I have no knowledge of doing anything more than trying to stop the mob from threatening and limiting our fight for Black concert promoters,” Sharpton says.

An FBI spokesman tells FoxNews.com: “As a rule, the [agency] does not confirm the identity of sources.”

Lawsuit Against Ed Schultz Can Move Forward

schultz_nbc_392_regularA lawsuit against MSNBC host Ed Schultz can go forward, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

In May 2011Michael Queen, a broadcast engineering staffer at NBC in Washington, filed suit against Schultz claiming that he had the idea to bring the radio host to TV. Queen and Schultz met in January 2008 at NBC in Washington.

Queen claims he approached Schultz and asked him if he had anybody helping him try to land a TV show. “No,” Schultz is quoted as saying in the complaint. “Now you’re it!” Queen set up the taping of a “McLaughlin Group”-style program at WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC.

Queen claims to have also pitched CBS, Fox News, MSNBC and some syndicators, but nothing came of those meetings. A year later, MSNBC president Phil Griffin reached out directly to Schultz, and a deal was made.

In August 2012, the U.S. District Court for Washington, DC tossed out Queen’s complaint and Schultz’s counter-claims. “Insofar as Queen claims that he and Schultz formed a partnership to develop a television show and that Schultz breached his duty of loyalty under District of Columbia partnership law, Queen is entitled to present his claim to a jury,” Friday’s decision reads.

(h/t The Washington Post)

Q1 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Tops CNN, But Sheds Viewers

Despite a strong March for CNN, MSNBC held on to the second-place spot among the cable news networks in both total day and primetime during the first quarter of 2014. But like CNN and HLN, MSNBC was down compared to the year-ago quarter in both dayparts.

The ratings for Q1 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 683,000 Total Viewers / 217,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 394,000 Total Viewers / 138,000 A25-54

Compared to Q1 2013, MSNBC is down -9% in total day and -2% in the A25-54 demographic. In primetime, the network is down -10% and -4%, respectively.

In primetime, “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” were both down compared to the year-ago quarter: Maddow’s program was down -2% in total viewers and -4% in the A25-54 demographic and O’Donnell’s show was down -7% and -4%, respectively. “All In with Chris Hayes” — which debuted one year ago today — was the only primetime show to show growth in either ratings measurement, up +6% in the demo despite being down -15% in total viewers compared to the 8pmET timeslot last year.

“Hardball with Chris Matthews” continues to see strong ratings at 7pmET: the show topped CNN by +448,000 total viewers and +74,000 A25-54 viewers for the quarter. Compared to Q1 2013, CNN is up +19% and +16%, respectively.

It was the lowest-rated quarter for “Morning Joe,” “Andrea Mitchell Reports” and “Jansing & Co” since 2010. “Morning Joe” finished second in its time slot, while Mitchell’s program and Chris Jansing‘s program finished third at 1pmET and 10amET, respectively.

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Ronan Farrow Reports Death of Former Texas Legislator, Airs Wrong Photo

More growing pains for new MSNBC host Ronan Farrow this afternoon.

While reporting on the death of former Texas state legislator, Ray Hutchison, who was the husband of former Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, “Ronan Farrow Daily” showed a photo of Bailey Hutchison with former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Fifteen minutes later, Farrow aired the correct photo: “A moment ago, we did show you a picture of the senator with Secretary Ray LaHood when we were talking about her husband. We wanted to show you the correct photo of Ray Hutchison, who we remember today, with the senator.”

Mix upCorrect Photo

As for LaHood, he was quick to declare himself still with us.

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