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Brian Shactman Joins NECN

Shactman_BrianFormer CNBC and MSNBC anchor Brian Shactman has joined New England Cable News’s “The Morning Show.”

“With New England roots, stellar journalism credentials and a passion for storytelling, Brian Shactman will be a huge asset to NECN and we’re thrilled to introduce him to our viewers,” said Mike St. Peter, Senior Vice President and General Manager of NECN, which, like CNBC and MSNBC is an NBCUniversal network.

Shactman will join Bridget Blythe on the two-hour morning show.

Most recently, Shactman anchored MSNBC’s “Way Too Early,” and served as a contributor to “Morning Joe.” Before that, Shactman anchored CNBC’s “Worldwide Exchange” and “CNBC Sports Biz: Game On.”

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It’s Official: Thomas Roberts Named Host of MSNBC’s ‘Way Too Early’

thomas robertsThomas Roberts has officially been named host of MSNBC’s “Way Too Early.” He will begin in his new role on January 13, MSNBC president Phil Griffin announced this morning.

“Thomas’ unique personality and point of view are just the right mix to lead-in to ‘Morning Joe.’ Thomas has really found his voice in the past year and joining the ‘Morning Joe’ table gives him the opportunity to further develop it,” Griffin said in a statement.

Roberts takes over for Brian Shactman, who has been hosting the early-morning show since Willie Geist was named co-anchor of the 9 a.m. hour of “Today.”

The Daily Caller reported yesterday that Roberts’ move to the morning shift was an attempt to make MSNBC’s early-morning hours more “diverse.”

“Mika and I worked with Thomas in Oklahoma City after last spring’s tornado and became fans,” Joe Scarborough said in a statement provided to TVNewser. “Despite internet speculation, he was chosen based strictly on merit and not politically correct considerations.”

Read the full release from MSNBC after the jump. Read more

Report: Thomas Roberts Tapped to Host ‘Way Too Early’ on MSNBC

Thomas Roberts_smallMSNBC’s Thomas Roberts will be waking up earlier, tapped to host  “Way Too Early” at 5:30am, The Daily Caller reports.

Roberts, who also hosts MSNBC Live at 11amET, replaces Brian Shactman. Shactman replaced Willie Geist upon his move to “Today.”

The Daily Caller’s reports the openly-gay Roberts’ move to “Way Too Early” is MSNBC’s attempt to make the show seem more “diverse.”

This is MSNBC’s second shuffle in recent weeks, after naming Alex Wagner the replacement at 4pm for Martin Bashir. Ronan Farrow is also set to debut this month in a yet-unknown timeslot.

An MSNBC spokesperson did not respond to our request for comment on Thursday.

CNBC’s Brian Shactman to Host MSNBC’s ‘Way Too Early’

CNBC’s Brian Shactman is moving to MSNBC. Starting Monday, he’ll host “Way Too Early” the network’s 5:30m show. “I’m just extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity and i’ll be there between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. if anyone wants to say hello,” Schactman said on “Morning Joe” today. Willie Geist, who now co-anchors the “Today” show’s 9am hour, was the original host of “Way Too Early.”

More: Official announcement after the jump…

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TVNewser’s 2013 March Madness Bracket Challenge

Spring is here (even though it may not feel like it where you are) and with it comes the sweet sound of sneakers on hardwood: the NCAA March Madness college basketball tournament.

Every year we have some of the best and brightest from the world of TV news come together in one competition to see who is tops at picking winners and losers.

Ultimately there can be only one winner, and they get the chance to brag about their picking prowess for all to see. 2012′s winner was Fox Business Network stocks editor Liz MacDonald. Liz wont be participating this year, but 2011′s winner Dominic Chu is back to try and reclaim the title.

Here is your 2013 TVNewser March Madness lineup:

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Networks, Cablers Plan Coverage of the Final Launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program

Tomorrow at 11:25 AM ET, the Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch, the final launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, which first sent craft into orbit in 1981. There is a strong chance that weather could delay the launch, but that isn’t stopping the broadcast networks and cable news organizations from planning extensive coverage to mark the occasion.

NBC News is planning a special report to be anchored by Brian Williams in New York. Jay Barbree, the only journalist to cover every manned space mission, will “call” the launch from Cape Canaveral.

ABC News is planning a special report to be anchored by “Good Morning America” news anchor Josh Elliott in New York. Matt Gutman will be on the scene in Florida for the network.

CBS News is sending “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley to Cape Canaveral, where he will anchor a special report as well as that evening’s broadcast.

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Cable Newsers Cover Times Square Evacuation

The cablers are going wall-to-wall with the evacuation of Times Square this afternoon after a suspicious package was left in front of a hotel there. CNBC’s Brian Shactman, already in Times Square to report on yesterday’s market crash, was on MSNBC, while Fox News had streaming video from the scene and their producer Shira Bush. So, of course, we’re heading over there. Tweet you later…




ABC News’ Times Square studio is located right in the midst of the evacuation.

> FishbowlNY’s Mike Taylor has pictures from on the ground in Times Square.

> During the WCBS’ 2pm news-update, anchor Dana Tyler‘s microphone was accidentally left on as the network went back into “As the World Turns.” A frustrated Tyler could be heard chuckling over the soap, communicating with producers, saying something to the effect of, “I don’t really understand…That was like we did it with a tin can and some string.” Love it.

> As of roughly 2:20pmET, all three cable nets were reporting that Times Square had been reopened.