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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.

Best of Behind the TV Scenes: Nash, Xu, O’Hearn, Capus, Schreier

Throughout the summer, we’ve spotlighted the industry’s top producers; getting the inside story about their shows, how they got to where they are, and advice they have for future TV journalists.

Here are some of the best takeaways from our five-part series, “Behind the TV Scenes.”

Don Nash, “Today” EP                                                                                     Don Nash

“I never wanted to go anywhere else. I got out of college, I got a job as a page at NBC, and I never thought in a million years I’d ever work for a show as great as “Today.” I never thought in a billion years I’d ever be running the place. And I never had any desire to go anywhere else because I didn’t think it could get any better. It’s absolutely important to be loyal to whoever you work for, be it at a network or anywhere else. Loyalty is something I value in a big way; it’s something I value in the people who work for me, and it’s something I value in the people I work for.”

Susie Xu, “OutFront” EP                                                                                                                                                                                                   Susie-Xu

This one’s always tough. I think as a producer you never talk about yourself; it’s all about the anchor. What’s shaped me a lot is being the second child in a Chinese family after the one-child rule was imposed. From the beginning of my life, I was really not supposed to be born. The government came down on my parents and said, ‘you’re not supposed to have a second child, we have a one-child policy here, and you already have one daughter and you don’t need another.’ But my parents defied them, and I think that’s shaped a lot of who I am, and I always think, wow, I wasn’t even really supposed to be around and I’m so lucky to be where I am and have the awesome opportunities I have. It’s pretty cool.

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Scarborough Wonders if MSNBC Will Cover a Christie Exoneration As Much as Charges

JoeWhile discussing new reports that federal investigators have found no link between the George Washington Bridge fiasco and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Joe Scarborough wondered how his network will cover it.

“12 nights in a row on a certain network,” Scarborough said sarcastically after co-host Mika Brzezinski said there should be 24 hours of coverage if it comes out that Christie had no knowledge of the bridge closures beforehand. Scarborough’s sarcasm was is in reference to MSNBC’s wall-to-wall coverage earlier this year of the bridge closures and possible connection to Christie.

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‘The Newsroom’ Returns With Storyline Ripped from MSNBC

The-Newsroom-HBO-The-112th-Congress-Episode-3-4-550x366Aaron Sorkin‘s “The Newsroom” returns to HBO November 9. The 6-episode final season will include whistleblowers, a wedding, and a minor storyline ripped from a real newsroom. As Sorkin explains to EW about the characters of Jim and Hallie, played by John Gallagher Jr. and Grace Gummer:

Jim is still dating Hallie, but there’s tension in that relationship. Hallie is actually now working for ACN Digital at the beginning of the season. And mirroring something that happened at MSNBC a while back when someone tweeted a quip that was offensive to Republicans. It was a big deal—MSNBC had to apologize. They had to fire the producer who sent the tweet and everything. So something very similar happens to Hallie. She in the middle of the night, really tired, tweets something from ACN’s account, sort of immediately realizes what she’s done, deletes it but it’s too late. That begins a story that lasts the whole season.

Network Coverage Plans for President Obama’s ISIS Address

ObamaCNNIsisBroadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage tomorrow night at 9pmET for President Obama’s speech on American action against ISIS.

Here is what the networks are planning:

  • CBS’ Bob Schieffer will anchor for the network with “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley reporting from Iraq, where it will be 4am. The CBS Sports special “Under the Lights” will be delayed.
  • Brian Williams anchors for NBC with Chuck Todd reporting from the DC Bureau, delaying “America’s Got Talent” in the eastern and central time zones.
  • ABC’s chief anchor George Stephanopoulos hosts, along with Jonathan Karl at the White House.
  • Shepard Smith will anchor a special report on FOX, interrupting the season premiere of “Hell’s Kitchen.”
  • On Fox News,  Megyn Kelly will anchor with Bret Baier appearing. “The O’Reilly Factor” will air at 8pmET and “Hannity” at 10pmET will be live, with a special live edition of “Special Report” airing at 11pmET.
  • On CNN, Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer will anchor.
  • John Seigenthaler will anchor a preview of the speech at 8:30pmET for Al Jazeera America as well as coverage of the actual speech. White House Correspondent Mike Viqueira will contribute from the White House.
  • Neil Cavuto will anchor  for Fox Business Network, followed by live editions of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” at 10pmET and “The Independents” at 11pmET.
  •  MSNBC will air a two-hour primetime special hosted by Rachel Maddow from 8pm-10pmET. Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes, Andrea Mitchell and Reverend Al Sharpton will join Maddow. “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” will air at 10pmET followed by a live “All In with Chris Hayes” at 11pmET.
  • Bloomberg Politics’s Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will anchor Bloomberg TV’s special primetime coverage of the President’s speech starting at 9PM ET from Washington, DC. Bloomberg’s Al Hunt will contribute reporting and analysis.
  • CNBC will carry the address with hosts as yet unannounced

Joe Scarborough Named NBC News Senior Political Analyst, ‘Meet the Press’ Contributor

scarboroughAs NBC News gears up for election season and “Meet the Press” starts its Chuck Todd era, viewers will be seeing more of Joe Scarborough.

The “Morning Joe” co-host has been named Senior Political Analyst for NBC News and a regular roundtable contributor for “MTP,” the network announced today. Scarborough will also join the network’s election coverage team and contribute to “Today.” He will continue co-hosting “Morning Joe.”

“Joe has one of the best political minds in the NBC family,” said new “MTP” moderator Chuck Todd. “His love of politics and passion for debate will guarantee the kind of robust conversation that has always been a hallmark of Meet the Press, and I look forward to the reported analysis he’ll bring to the table.”

What’s More Humbling: Hosting Your First ‘Meet the Press,’ or Watching the Packers Lose?

ToddObamaChuck Todd‘s first guest on his first “Meet the Press” is Pres. Obama. The two will sit down at the White House tomorrow just as the president returns from Europe. This morning on “The Daily Rundown,” fill-in host Peter Alexander (Todd gave up the show last week) asked him, “What part blew your mind most?” The fact that Bob Costas promoted the Obama interview during halftime of the NFL Kickoff Packers-Seahawks game last night, or that Todd’s team, the Packers, were losing at halftime — and would go on to lose the game.

“The fact that the Packers couldn’t score 21 points, I’m going to say that,” Todd joked. “Look. It’s all surreal. It’s nerve-racking, it’s humbling, it’s all the things. When you get an opportunity to do one of the dream jobs in journalism, of course you’re excited.”

August 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Up in Primetime, Down in Total Day During Busy News Month

MSNBC did not experience the growth that Fox News, CNN and even HLN did in the month of August. The network was down -1% in viewers and down -14% in the demo for total day viewing, falling to third place in total viewers, behind CNN, and fourth place in the demo, behind HLN.

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

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 571,000 Total Viewers / 152,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 342,000 Total Viewers / 102,000 A25-54

MSNBC did see primetime viewership growth (+10%) and edged CNN in Monday-Friday primetime (8-11pmET) by just 1,000 viewers. “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” all finished #2 in their timeslots among total viewers. All three shows also saw year-over-year growth after what was a bruising August, 2013. Still, the network was down in the primetime demo (-14%).

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MSNBC Host Alex Wagner Marries Sam Kass, With Obama Family Attending

KassWagnerMSNBC daytime host Alex Wagner married Sam Kass Saturday in the hamlet of Pocantico Hills, north of New York City. Kass is the personal chef for the Obama family and executive director of the “Let’s Move” campaign. The Obama family was in attendance. From the AP report:

Obama wore a dark suit, and Mrs. Obama and their daughters each wore sleeveless black dresses. The first family spent about six hours at the wedding. Obama had no known role, other than to give his best to the bride and groom.

The union of Kass, 34, and Wagner, 36, also served to highlight what some contend is too much togetherness between the media and the people they report on. Naturally, the guest list was expected to include staff from both the White House and the liberal-leaning cable news outlet, with people from both sides breaking bread at the same dinner table.

Rachel Maddow on Ferguson: ‘It Doesn’t Make Sense’

Like her MSNBC colleagues, Rachel Maddow has covered the shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent protests in Ferguson extensively. Earlier this week, she told David Letterman her thoughts on the story.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” Maddow said regarding the militarization of the police force many have cited when talking about Ferguson. “Even small town police departments have mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles that were developed for use in Kandahar.”

Chuck Todd Signs off ‘The Daily Rundown,’ But Not on ‘The Daily Rundown’

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Chuck Todd‘s farewell to MSNBC wasn’t seen on MSNBC. The end of “The Daily Rundown” was pre-empted this morning by remarks from British Prime Minister David Cameron. But Todd recorded it anyway (after the jump). In it he talked about how TDR came to be: “It was a show that MSNBC president Phil Griffin, Savannah Guthrie and I conceived over lunch in Washington one day.” Todd thanked Griffin for not “micromanaging us. He let us be the driving force. Not a lot of executives do that.”

Earlier in the show — and this did make it on TV — Todd was surprised first by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest and then by his former co-host Savannah Guthrie, who Skyped in from maternity leave. Todd begins his role as moderator of “Meet the Press” September 7. Andrea Mitchell hosts this Sunday. WATCH: Read more

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