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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.

Howard Kurtz: Folks at MSNBC Not Getting ‘Thrill Up the Leg’ Anymore for Obama

KurtzOn the O’Reilly Factor last night, Howard Kurtz suggested MSNBC is no longer favoring President Obama.

“Even the folks at MSNBC not getting the thrill up the leg anymore,” Kurtz said, referencing Chris Matthews‘ now infamous “thrill up my leg” sound bite from 2008. “And the liberal commentators, they’re disillusioned, they’re bummed, they’re depressed, they need medication…this is their guy.”

O’Reilly disagreed about MSNBC: “I haven’t seen that on MSNBC. They still either avoid the issue or throw out rank propaganda.”

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People Who Buy This Really Love Chuck Todd

ToddMost TV news anchors wear ties on-air, but MSNBC’s Chuck Todd‘s are apparently in demand.

Ebay is selling Topps Allen & Ginter relic cards featuring Todd’s image and pieces of his ties for $29.99 (pictured on the left).

“Single coolest perk I’ve had with this job,” Todd tells TVNewser about the card.  “I can now retire. A ‘drop the mic’ accomplishment for this baseball card nerd/nut.”

‘José Díaz-Balart’ Debuts Monday on MSNBC

Jose Diaz-BalartJosé Díaz-Balart will debut Monday in the 10 a.m. timeslot on MSNBC, the network announced today. Díaz-Balart, who was announced as the 10 a.m. host in May, replaces Chris Jansing, who was recently named NBC senior White House correspondent.

The show, “José Díaz-Balart,” will be anchored from Miami and will “feature in-depth interviews with world newsmakers, political commentators and daily coverage on an array of U.S. and international news,” according to MSNBC. Díaz-Balart will continue to co-anchor Telemundo’s “Noticiero Telemundo” and host “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart.”

MSNBC to Air ‘Underwater Dreams’

UnderwaterDreamsMSNBC is among the NBCU networks which will air a new documentary championed by NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content. The film, “Underwater Dreams,” chronicles the story of four teenage boys, the sons of Mexican immigrants, who entered a sophisticated underwater robotics competition, going up against the likes of engineering powerhouse MIT.

The film will first run in about 100 AMC theatres across the country on Friday. Then two weeks from today, on July 20, MSNBC and Telemundo will simultaneously broadcast a special television version of the film, in both English and Spanish. NBCU network mun2 will broadcast it the following day.

The film is produced by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio. Actor Michael Peña is the narrator. Jeb Bush, Jr., is among the executive producers of the project which was funded in part by The Bezos Family Foundation.

TV News Crews Head to North Carolina for Hurricane Arthur

Arthur

 
Tropical Storm Arthur has strengthened into a category one Hurricane churning up the east coast set to hit North Carolina’s Outer Banks hardest. TV news crews have already dispersed crews to cover the extreme weather this 4th of July.

The Weather Channel will have a number of meteorologists and correspondents reporting live from North Carolina. Sam Champion, Stephanie Abrams, and Mike Seidel will report from Kill Devil Hills; Reynolds Wolf and Raegan Medgie will do live shots from Wrightsville Beach; Dave Malkoff and Ron Blome will report from various Outer Banks locations, and Jim Cantore will report from Salvo, NC.

ABC News Correspondent Matt Gutman will report from Wrightsville Beach, NC. Correspondent David Kerley and NewsOne Correspondent Marci Gonzalez will report from Nags Head, a town in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. ABC weather anchor Ginger Zee will cover the storm from New York City. Tonight, “World News” will lead with Arthur coverage; David Muir substitutes for Diane Sawyer.

NBC News has correspondent Kerry Sanders reporting from Kill Devil Hills, NC. CBS Newspath correspondent Craig Boswell is reporting from Nags Head, NC.

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Former Employees Mark 20th Anniversary of ‘America’s Talking’

america's talking logoPage Six reports several former employees of “America’s Talking” — MSNBC’s predecessor launched by Roger Ailes featuring Chris Matthews, Steve Doocy and others — recently gathered to mark the 20th anniversary of the channel’s launch:

Last Saturday night, several dozen of the 277 former employees gathered for a 20th anniversary at Social Bar in Midtown Manhattan. The all-talk channel blazed trails in online interactivity and viewing audience participation before NBC dumped it to give Microsoft a content platform.

“It was like television school for me,” said [Bill] McCuddy, now a voice-over talent and movie critic on NY1. Others in the room went on to producing and directing careers on CNN, Al Jazeera and HGTV.

“None of us would be here without Roger Ailes,” McCuddy said.“Now we have to wrap this party up because MSNBC is taking it over in 10 minutes.”

Cable News Primetime Covers Team USA World Cup Elimination

Cuomo Brazil Last night, several primetime cable news shows covered Team USA’s valiant World Cup comeback attempt against Belgium.

At the end of “Anderson Cooper 360,” substitute host John Berman interviewed “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo, who reported live from Brazil donning a number 1 jersey.

He said the jersey was “representative of one nation, one team.” “The U.S. soccer team has captured the hearts of the country the way it never had before.” Don Lemon led “CNN Tonight” at 10pmET with World Cup coverage, interviewing CNN’s Brazil Bureau Chief Shasta Darlington and producer Paul Vercammen, whose family is Belgian.

MSNBC’s primetime lineup covered Team USA’s defeat.  “All In with Chris Hayes” sent show producers to a New York City bar to get fan reaction following the loss.  Rachel Maddow opened her show making the connection between professional soccer players faking injuries during games and U.S. politicians faking being “grievously injured.” “That is basic pee-wee league American political strategy.”

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What’s That Message MSNBC is Sending?

It may have been way too early, but one of our readers caught an odd message in a ticker during the “Way Too Early” business report this morning. The message read: “Only quite a fatuous individual would question the use of the mentally salubrious nature of sophisticated commentary, as demonstrated in this public…”

MSNBC tells us a bad template was hidden in the automated ticker. The graphics team has since corrected it.

Q2 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Holds #2 in Primetime, Slips in Total Day

MSNBC held on to the #2 spot in primetime for the second quarter of 2014, second only to Fox News in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. But in total day, the network slipped to third in total viewers and fourth (CNN and HLN were tied for second) in the A25-54 demographic.

The ratings for Q2 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 570,000 Total Viewers / 159,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 334,000 Total Viewers / 103,000 A25-54

Like all the cable news networks, MSNBC was down compared to the same quarter last year. In total day, the network was down -7% in total viewers and -16% in the A25-54 demographic, and in primetime, the network was flat and down -17%, respectively.

“The Rachel Maddow Show” and “All In with Chris Hayes” were the only primetime cable news shows to be up compared to the same quarter last year. Both shows grew 5% in total viewers, although Maddow’s program was down -18% and Hayes’ program was down -22% in the demo compared to Q2 2013. “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” — which was guest-hosted in June by Ari Melber while O’Donnell recovered from a car accident — was down -12% in total viewers and -21% in the demo.

 

‘All In With Chris Hayes’ Debuts New Graphics, Music

Chris HayesRegular viewers of “All In with Chris Hayes” might have noticed a different look last night as the show debuted new graphics and music.

The opening animation appeared with new red, white, and black colors; its music had a slower-paced feel compared to the show’s original sound.

“The new open and graphics package were born out of the look we’ve been using in our produced reporting packages,” EP Denis Horgan tells TVNewser (Horgan told us Hayes isn’t your “central casting news anchor guy” in our “What’s Your Show?” video).

“We’ve had such great response to them and it’s a look that better reflects the kind of news and original reporting Chris and the team have been doing this year.”

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