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MSNBC Makes Shift to Daily Web Shows

ShiftMSNBCIt was born in the early days of the internet as a place to get news around the clock, online and on TV. Eighteen years later, MSNBC is expanding its television production capacity and its online omnipresence with a series of web-only shows that fit the network’s progressive leanings.

Shift, as it’s called, launched this morning with “The Briefing.” Hosted by NBC News Washington correspondent Luke Russert. The one-hour show will look ahead to the week in politics.

Other programs include “Road Map,” hosted by MSNBC foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin, who recently relocated to New York, where he will also be anchoring more hours on MSNBC TV.

Krystal Ball will host women’s issues show “Krystal Clear;” Janet Mock will host a pop culture show called “So Popular!;” “Left Field” explores the sports world; “Three Cents” is a business show hosted by Josh Barro; and “Code Forward” is a technology show in partnership with Re/Code, which includes NBCU as an investor.

More than a name, shift is what MSNBC is trying to accomplish, in an effort to grab more online eyeballs.  Read more

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Maddow, Matthews to Host MSNBC’s Election Night Coverage

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MSNBC will turn to Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews to host coverage of the midterm elections, under the title “Vote 2014!” Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET.

Maddow and Matthews will be joined by Steve Kornacki, Chuck Todd, Jose Diaz-Balart, Chris Hayes, Andrea Mitchell, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Kasie Hunt. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall will handle exit poll results throughout the evening.

Beginning at 10 p.m., Ari Melber and Krystal Ball will co-host MSNBC.com’s “Digital Decision 2014″, with reporting from correspondents in the key battleground states, and live interaction with viewers.

American Journalist Steven Sotloff Reportedly Beheaded by ISIS

Steven SotloffTwo weeks after James Foley was beheaded by ISIS, American journalist Steven Sotloff has reportedly been executed by the same group.

In a new video posted online today, Sotloff, in the same orange Foley wore, addressed the camera: “I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing,” he said before being beheaded.

ABC News cut into broadcast coverage with George Stephanopoulos anchoring and Brian Ross reporting. Ross reported the executioner said, “Obama, I’m back” while Sotloff asked the president why he was paying the price for American “interference in Iraq.” NBC News cut in at 1:48pmET with Brian Williams anchoring and Andrea Mitchell reporting. CBS News didn’t provide special coverage.

Wolf Blitzer first reported the news on CNN at 1:24pmET, going to foreign correspondent Karl Penhaul while showing stills of Sotloff next to a man who seems to be the same British ISIS member who executed Foley. “Obama back off and just leave us alone,” Penhaul reports the executioner said in the video. ABC News’ Foreign Editor Jon Williams tweets the executioner threatened British citizen David Haines‘ life at the end of the video. MSNBC’s Krystal Ball, filling in for Ronan Farrow, reported the news at 1:28pmET; Fox News’ Jon Scott reported at 1:33pmET. None of the networks aired the video.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest sent his condolences to the Sotloff family during an afternoon briefing while also stipulating the U.S. government has not yet verified the video’s authenticity. Last week, Sotloff’s mother, Shirley, sent a video message to ISIS pleading for her son’s life. Foley was a freelance journalist for TIME magazine and Foreign Policy.

Pres. Obama Delivers Statement From White House Briefing Room

President Obama delivered a statement from the White House Briefing Room this afternoon on the economy and Washington gridlock. The cable and broadcast networks had live coverage of the press conference, which included questions from the press after the President delivered his remarks.

“Good Morning America” weekend news anchor Ron Claiborne anchored an ABC News special report, joined by Jonathan Karl. On NBC, David Gregory anchored with Chuck Todd at the White House. James Brown anchored on CBS with Bill Plante at the White House.

The cable news networks also took the President’s statement live: Jenna Lee anchored on Fox News with Wendell Goler at the White House, Krystal Ball anchored for MSNBC with Chris Jansing at the White House, and Anderson Cooper anchored for CNN with Wolf Blitzer in Jerusalem, Jake Tapper in Washington and Michelle Kosinski at the White House.

> First question goes to Roberta Rampton from Reuters, who asked about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

> Second question goes to Bill Plante from CBS News, who asked the President if he’s losing his international influence. In his response, Obama says that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been going on “even longer than you’ve been reporting.”

> Third question goes to Fox News’ Wendell Goler, who asks about the President’s executive orders.

> Fourth and last question goes to CNN’s Michelle Kosinski, who asks if a cease-fire in Gaza is realistic.

‘Eyewitness’ Guest Tells Krystal Ball Plane Shot Down by ‘Wind From Howard Stern’s Ass’

BallAn unfortunate breaking news blunder this afternoon for MSNBC, as the network was tricked into giving airtime to a prankster posing as an eyewitness to downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.  But Krystal Ball soon found out that wasn’t the case.

At 3:24pmET, Ball introduced an “exclusive” with U.S. Staff Sgt. Michael Boyd.

The man claiming to be Boyd called in saying he was at the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, where he saw the plane shot down earlier.  “I saw a projectile flying through the sky, and it would appear the plane was shot down by a blast of wind from Howard Stern‘s ass,” the prankster said.

After this, Ball followed up with another question, asking “Boyd” if he could detail the type of missile system the projectile could have come from. “Well, you’re a dumb ass aren’t you?” the prankster said.

“I’m sorry sir?” Ball asked, seeming to not have heard what he said. She then went to commercial break. We’ve reached out to MSNBC to see how the prankster made it on-air, but haven’t heard back yet.

>>Update
: An MSNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser “this was an unfortunate incident and we immediately clarified for our viewers.”

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Larry King: ‘CNN’s Got Problems’

Larry KingLarry King said he occasionally misses CNN, but he’s not ignoring his longtime network’s ratings woes.

“I miss it when there’s big stories but on a day-to-day basis I don’t,” King said in an interview with HuffPost Live today. The former network star also addressed their struggles: “CNN’s got problems,” he said. “I don’t know what they’re going to do.”

“Cartoons” he joked as advice for CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker. “Put ‘Spongebob’ on CNN— 24 hours— until a big story breaks. Then we break into ‘Spongebob,’ and go to the hurricane, and then back to ‘Spongebob.’” (Speaking of big breaks, King told us about his last year.)

King also didn’t shy away from Fox News and MSNBC.

“Fox News is so successful, but obviously, ‘fair and balanced,’ cmon…who we kidding?” King said. “I like Roger (Ailes)…but they are certainly not an impartial news network.”

Answering host Marc Lamont Hill‘s question on MSNBC, King said it was pretty much as “knee jerk” as Fox, but that it doesn’t “go out and hire guys who’ve run for office on the Democratic ticket.” Read more

‘The Cycle’ Mixed Salad: ‘You Might Just Be a Radish Who’s Bad At Analogies’

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In the second part of our interview with the hosts of MSBNC’s “The Cycle,” the on-air team engages in an all-important debate: what part of a mixed salad is each.

“Abby, I think you might just be a radish who’s bad at analogies,” co-host Ari Melber said on his co-host Abby Huntsman.

“Krystal’s like the tomato of the salad,” Huntsman said about Krystal Ball. “Very sweet, but also a necessity to make a good salad.”

“Juicy,” Ball chose to describe Melber, but Abby had a different take:

“Ari is maybe more like a pickle…you just never know how it’s going to take,” she said.

And Touré ?

“Am I the fried chicken that you sprinkle on top of the salad?” he asked.

Watch Part 1: “The Cycle” on making a show they’d want to watch.

MSNBC’s ‘The Cycle’ Hosts on Making a Show They’d Want to Watch

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What do you get when you pair a lawyer, pop-culture aficionado, former challenger for Congress, and lifelong politico who went through the battles of the most recent presidential election?

That would be MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” who recently spoke with MediaBistro.TV about how their different takes on issues, backgrounds, and experiences comes together on-air.

The co-hosts are also anti-cable news shout fest, favoring a show they themselves would enjoy watching as viewers.


Stay tuned for Part II: The different parts of “The Cycle” mixed salad.

S.E. Cupp Says Goodbye To ‘The Cycle’

Conservative commentator S.E. Cupp is leaving MSNBC’s 3 PM panel show “The Cycle” to become a co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire” revamp.

Cupp is the second of the original co-hosts top depart the program in the year or so since it launched. Steve Kornacki left earlier this year to take over the weekend program “Up.” The program is a bit-short-staffed at the moment, with another panelist, Krystal Ball, on maternity leave. No word ion who will be replacing Cupp full-time on the program just yet.

This afternoon, “The Cycle” wished her farewell with–what else–a clip reel.

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MSNBC’s Krystal Ball Gives Birth To Baby Boy

MSNBC “The Cycle” co-host Krystal Ball gave birth to a baby boy this afternoon.

Lowell Maxwell was born at 1:15 PM, weighing 8 lbs 4 oz. We hear that mother and baby “are doing great.”

Ball called into “The Cycle,” where she explained that he is named after her uncle, who passed away prematurely.

Ball appeared on MSNBC’s “The last Word” Wednesday, where she revealed that she expected today to be her last day in the office, as she was due Monday. She went into labor yesterday, forcing her to miss the show. Ball announced her pregnancy on MSNBC in October.

“For me, psychologically, it was better to keep working until the last moment,” Ball said on the show, quipping that “I am a little disappointed that the show hasn’t totally fallen apart in the two days I haven’t been there.”

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