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Political Analyst Alex Wagner to Host New NoonET Show on MSNBC

MSNBC political analyst Alex Wagner is getting her own show, TVNewser has learned.

At some point in the next few months, the channel will debut a new NoonET program hosted by Wagner, who was most recently with the Huffington Post, and before that worked for Politics Daily. Dana Haller, who has been working on special events for the channel, will serve as executive producer.

According to a memo sent to staff by VP and executive editor Yvette Miley obtained by TVNewser, the new program will “feature regular contributors who will explore what’s driving the day’s political stories.” It will replace MSNBC Live, which typically airs in the time period. The channel has had a number of anchors filling in during that time period in recent months, following the daily anchoring departure of Contessa Brewer.

Miley’s full memo to staff, after the jump.

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TV, Wall Street Bigwigs Fete Erin Burnett at CNN Launch Party

Mark Whitaker, Jim Walton, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, Piers Morgan and Ken Jautz

Last night CNN feted its newest anchor, Erin Burnett, at Robert restaurant at The Museum of Arts and Design in Columbus Circle, just a few hundred feet from CNN’s NYC headquarters. Overlooking Columbus Circle and the southwest corner of Central Park, guests watched the city fade into night, while clips of Burnett preparing for her show played on a loop on TV sets spread throughout the space.

Just after 7:30 PM, CNN/U.S. executive VP Ken Jautz and CNN managing editor Mark Whitaker made some brief remarks. Jautz commented that Burnett is extremely passionate about news, and that anyone expecting a curt reply when asking her what she is working on is in for a long conversation.

Burnett then addressed the crowd and thanked them for their support. Her manager John Ferriter was in attendance, as was her fiancee David Rubulotta. Jautz and Whitaker got shout-outs, as did CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton and CNN ad sales chief Greg D’alba, both of whom were working the room.

The party also drew a packed room of boldface names:

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Contessa Brewer: ‘This is a great time in my life to make some changes’

As we reported yesterday, this is Contessa Brewer‘s final day anchoring on MSNBC. A change that — after 8 years at the NBC cable network — Brewer is looking forward to.

“This is a great time in my life to make some changes,” Brewer tells TVNewser. “If I wait, it’s easy to get complacent. I’m intent on making this the best life I can have. This summer brought that home.” In June, Brewer, 37, lost the baby she had been carrying.

Brewer was one of the first cable news anchors to grasp the importance of social media, something Brewer told us about last year during our MediaBeat interview. Her Facebook fan page has more than 12,000 likes, (in addition to her personal profile and 4,000+ friends) and she has nearly 22,000 followers on Twitter, (@ContessaBrewer) and she uses both platforms to engage with viewers.

For now, Brewer will continue to host the weekend MSNBC show “Caught on Camera.” But expect the TV anchor and reporter to look for other opportunities outside NBC.

“I’m also looking forward to not getting up at the crack of dawn,” Brewer jokes.

Contessa Brewer Leaving Daily Anchoring at MSNBC

Contessa Brewer, who has been a fixture on MSNBC since 2003, will no longer be an anchor on the network, TVNewser has learned.

For the last year-and-a-half Brewer has anchored the NoonET hour on MSNBC as well as hosting the weekend documentary series “Caught on Camera.” Her final daily newscast is tomorrow but she will continue to host “Caught” and work on other projects for NBC News and MSNBC.

There’s no word yet on a replacement show, but whatever it is, it will debut after Labor Day, with an interim anchor filling in next week. MSNBC recently beefed up its anchor staff with the hire of WRC transplant Craig Melvin.

Brewer joined MSNBC in September 2003, after working as an anchor/reporter at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, and, before that, at KMIR-TV in Palm Springs.

Testimony Temporarily Suspended After Rupert Murdoch Accosted

Parliament has temporarily suspended the testimony of Rupert and James Murdoch after a man appeared to attack the elder Murdoch with what Reuters describes as a plate with foam on it.

All three cable news channels cut away from the testimony immediately afterward. Fox News turned to a simulcast of Sky News. Richard Quest anchored on CNN and Thomas Roberts and Contessa Brewer on MSNBC, as all networks replayed the attack in slow motion and from different angles including showing Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng (in pink jacket, below) coming to Murdoch’s defense, slapping the attacker.

Testimony resumed around 12:09pmET.

Telemundo Anchor crosses over on MSNBC

Jose Diaz-Balart — the Brian Williams of Telemundo — is doing double duty on two NBCU networks this week. He’ll anchor his nightly newscast “Noticiero Telemundo” at 6:30pmET as well as filling in for Contessa Brewer on the NoonET hour on MSNBC. This makes Diaz-Balart the first journalist on U.S. television to anchor both an English and a Spanish-language newscast on two networks for a week straight. The lead story on his first MSNBC show on Monday was the Casey Anthony trial which is being covered by correspondent Lilia Luciano, who was hired away from Univision in October. Luciano is covering the trial for NBC News and Telemundo.

Contessa Brewer dealing with ‘a very difficult reality’

Sad news to report. On her Facebook page, MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer announced that she lost the baby she was carrying. In April, her MSNBC colleague Martin Bashir revealed that Brewer and her husband were expecting.

(h/t ICN)

Sarah Palin Parties with the Main (or is it Lame?) stream Media

Seeming to put politics aside for a few hours — not one but two GOP governors stopped in to the MSNBC After Party last night at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — often the target of MSNBC’s opinionated hosts — and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (right, meeting NBC News correspondent Luke Russert for the first time). Palin, as we reported yesterday, was the guest of Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren.

As MSNBC host/mixologist Rachel Maddow made a drink for “Glee’s” Jane Lynch, MSNBC boss Phil Griffin, worked the room. It’s his after party afterall. And not missing an opportunity to synergize, Cee lo Green, of NBC’s “The Voice” was the entertainment.

In addition to Van Susteren, we spotted Bret Baier from Fox News chatting with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” show EP Jim Bell — who’d both just returned from London covering the Royal Wedding and sharing ratings info on his Blackberry. Looks like “Today” was #1 again on Royal Wedding day. (Final numbers later on TVNewser).

Eliot Spitzer in tow with CNN’s chief communicator Christa Robinson; Roland Martin, David Bohrman, and Sam Feist also of CNN and ABC’s Jim Sciutto.

We chatted up CNBC’s Rick Santelli, in from Chicago, Carl Quintanilla and Hampton Pearson. NBC’s Janet Shamlian, and Kelly O’Donnell and MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan and Contessa Brewer, now almost four months along. Ed Schultz was proud to tell us he’s overtaken Anderson Cooper in the ratings at 10pm, in just his third month on the air. “Big news,” says big Ed.

Meanwhile, over at the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair party, tipsters tell us Jake Tapper, Dave Price, John Dickerson, Chris Isham, Gayle King, and Seth Meyers [who'd poked fun at the thought that the Bloomberg party was a hot ticket], were still in full party mode at 2:15am. “The patio is still packed,” we were emailed. “They started serving breakfast snacks.”

Your Earth Day news: Contessa Brewer is a Composter

MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer and her husband bought a patch of earth in upstate New York a few years ago. One day, while making dinner in their Manhattan apartment, Brewer had an epiphany: instead of throwing it down the disposal, take all that biodegradable waste and turn it into a compost pile on the upstate land. She documents her life as a composter with MNN.com, Mother Nature Network, and what her new waste-not, want-not lifestyle meant to her MSNBC colleagues:

Now, this weekly haul of kitchen scraps from city to country has made me something of a newsroom joke. My coworkers offer me their leftover lunch to add to my collection. They cringe when Earth Day comes around, afraid I’ll insist on showing off my composting finesse on national television once again (been there, done that).

Meanwhile, the founder of MNN.com, Rolling Stone keyboardist Chuck Leavell talked with Anderson Cooper about, “Growing a better America.” Video after the jump…

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MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer Pregnant

MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer is expecting her first child. Brewer formally announced the news with  a post on her Facebook page:

Yes! It’s true! I’m expecting a baby! Martin Bashir decided it was at least as big a deal as the royal wedding and made the announcement for me at the end of my show today! I’ve never been so surprised on television. But of course, I’m delighted to share my happy news!

As Brewer mentions in the post, news of her pregnancy came out toward the end of the 12 PM hour, which she was anchoring.

Brewer was talking to Martin Bashir about the Royal Wedding, when the following exchange occurred:

Update: Now with Video!

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