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Over the weekend ICN was first to report that someone posted the new MSNBC schedule — supposedly “effective January 11, 2010″ — on Wikipedia:
Among the alleged changes “It’s the Economy” is canceled, Norah O’Donnell returns to anchoring at 2pm, Andrea Mitchell Reports moves to 3pm, and Page Hopkins and Christina Brown will be sharing anchoring duties on “First Look/Early Today.”
But a spokesperson for MSNBC tells TVNewser that the line-up posted on Wikipedia is incorrect and that the network has not completely finalized a 2010 schedule.
So what happened?
Wikipedia is a user-generated site, which means anyone can make changes to a majority of the pages with either a username or just an IP address, making them susceptible to false or simply wishful information.
The user who originally posted the new schedule is identified by an IP address whose only other activity was editing the page for the FOX affiliate in Hartford, CT. The schedule went through a series of edits by different users. Another IP address later added Hopkins’ name to the schedule.
Hopkins has been anchoring news updates for MSNBC recently, and has filled-in on “First Look” during the holiday week.
As of this afternoon, the schedule had been removed from the network’s entry, likely by someone at MSNBC.
Considering the flux of MSNBC’s dayside schedule of late, it’s not surprising that fill-in work like that of Hopkins would fuel some speculation.
Hopkins’ future at Fox News has been discussed on this blog several times over the past few months, with many readers wanting to know where she went. TVNewser hears from sources that Hopkins left on her own terms. Hopkins joined FNC in 2002 and was once a co-anchor of Fox & Friends Weekend.
As for Quinn, her role was reduced some time ago due to a “personal family issue“. TVNewser hears her departure was mutually agreed upon. Quinn joined Fox News from MSNBC in 1999.
It’s not known when the departures happened. One source simply told us “recently.” But ICN notes that Hopkins and Quinn have been taken off the bio page of FOXNews.com.
Beginning today, Fox & Friends First, which aired from 6-7amET and featured Camerota as one of the anchors, is being replaced by a third hour of Fox & Friends.
Camerota will be moved to the weekend, beginning July 26, where she will co-anchor with Dave Briggs and Clayton Morris. For now the newsreader role during the week, previously held by Camerota, will be handled by co-anchor Gretchen Carlson.
Camerota began her nine day vacation on Friday, as she noted on her blog. She also responded to a commenter named Marshall who asked, “Does going on a long vacation make you nervous, or do you have an iron clad contract? Don’t pull a Laurie Dhue on us, or a Page Hopkins, or a…”
“Do you know something I should be aware of Marshall?” she responded.