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Posts Tagged ‘Dylan Ratigan’

In Profile: Wagner, Ratigan, Kohn

  • MSNBC’s Alex Wagner and her fiancé, White House chef Sam Kass, are profiled in Vogue. “Alex has that one rare quality that is imperative for success in this business,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin says. “She is totally authentic on the air. She’s smart, genuine, and connects with her audience.”

  • Men’s Journal talks with “one of the great shouters,” former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan. “I was exhibiting more and more aggressive behavior in a more public forum, and that was beneficial in the short term and utterly self-destructive in the long term,” Ratigan says of his time as a cable news host.

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‘The Daily Show’ Profiles Dylan Ratigan And His Hydroponic Startup

Back in March, we told you about former CNBC and MSNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan‘s plan to start a hydroponic farming business to benefit veterans. “The Daily Show” decided to track Ratigan down and see what he was up to. Ratigan had plenty of criticisms of cable news, though along the way, they launched a cable news show on Ratigan’s farm.

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Life After Cable News: Dylan Ratigan Starting ‘Organic Farm Incubator’

Proof that there is life after cable news: former CNBC and MSNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan is starting a second act, and it involves organic hydroponic farms.

On a blog post on his website, Ratigan explains that after leaving MSNBC, he moved to San Diego county, CA, and worked on an organic, hydroponic farm. He decided to invest the money he earned from his TV shows and his book Greedy Bastards to ‘build a 30,000 square foot ‘farm incubator’ that can serve as the prototype for job-creating, water-saving, food-producing, veteran-led hydroponic organic greenhouses nationwide.

The goal is to create organic farm businesses nationwide, run by U.S. military veterans. Ratigan will be on ABC’s ‘The Chew” tomorrow and on “Martin Bashir” on MSNBC to talk about what his plans are, exactly.

The Afternoon Ticker: Johnson, Bourdain, Gaming…

  • Ever wonder how Bloomberg TV’s Adam Johnson got his start in the business? By approaching Dylan Ratigan, who was an anchor on CNBC at the time, while he was jogging in Central Park. “I said, ‘You should have me on your show.’ I told him, ‘I’ll make you look good and make your viewers money,’” Johnson told WAG Magazine.
  • Anthony Bourdain talks to AdWeek about his move to CNN, where he will host a weekend show. “There are a lot of places where me and my team have been wanting to make television for a long time and haven’t been able to,” he said. “And CNN has the infrastructure and inclination to make those places doable.”
  • CNN is publishing a five-part series on virtual gaming’s impact on society this week. “Gaming Reality” will be featured on Brooke Baldwin‘s 2pmET show on CNN, as well as on CNN International.

MSNBC’s New 3PM Show: ‘The Cycle’

MSNBC has finalized its plans for its new 3 PM show. It will be called “The Cycle,” and will be a panel ensemble show hosted by MSNBC contributors S.E. Cupp, Touré, Krystal Ball and Steve Kornacki. MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan announced the program at the end of his 4-5 PM show. Ratigan will be leaving MSNBC, with Martin Bashir moving to his timeslot, hence the opening at 3 PM.

If “The Cycle” sounds an awful lot like Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” that’s because it is a lot like “The Five,” except there will be four hosts instead of five. As it happens, when Ratigan was introducing the team, he referred to them as “The Four,” twice, and did not mention that the show was actually called “The Cycle.”

Of course, “The Five” is a knockoff of “The View,” which is in turn a knockoff of the many ensemble shows that came before it. What “The Five” did do though was prove than an ensemble show could work with a political focus on cable news, though one could also argue that the old “Crossfire” paved the way too.

The Huffington Post talked to EP Steve Friedman about the show.

“Cable television is programs about the news,” he said. “it’s no longer the news. Nobody turns on to find out what happens, because they already know from you guys. What people are interested in is listening and watching people give their take.”

MSNBC To Rotate Hosts At 3 PM

At the end of the month MSNBC will have a hole to fill at 3 PM, following the departure of Dylan Ratigan and Martin Bashir‘s move to 4 PM. In its place, at least at the start, will be a show with a rotating panel of hosts, a source confirms to TVNewser. The show was described as temporary, as the network has not decided what to do in that hour on a full-time basis yet.

The news was first reported by Politico’s Dylan Byers, who also notes some of the names being floated to fill-in during that hour.

Steve Kornacki, Salon’s political writer, and S.E. Cupp, the conservative columnist, are among those who will co-host the new show, which will replace Martin Bashir’s program when it moves to the 4 p.m slot…At least two sources also named former congressional candidate-turned-commentator Krystal Ball and the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein as possible co-hosts.

What Does MSNBC Have Planned For 3 PM?

With Dylan Ratigan departing MSNBC later this month, and Martin Bashir moving to 4 PM, MSNBC will soon have a hole to fill at 3 PM. What, exactly, will it fill that hole with?

Politico’s Dylan Byers speculates, with a heavy emphasis on opinion hosts and existing talent, but the statement from MSNBC president Phil Griffin addressing Ratigan’s departure reveals a bit itself:

“I will have more to say about the 3p time-slot in the coming weeks. I’m working with [NBC News president] Steve [Capus]  and his outstanding team to develop a new show in that hour.”

Update: The “Steve” in that quote is actually the 3 PM EP Steve Friedman, not Capus, so it could end up being an opinion show. We will find out soon enough…

The implication there is that the 3 PM hour will be filled by a news program, not an opinion program, and that it will likely be a new anchor, not a current one. Given that the 1-2PM and 2-3PM hours are news shows, anchored by Andrea Mitchell and Tamron Hall, it makes sense to have a news show at 3 PM too.

Dylan Ratigan Leaving MSNBC

After three years at MSNBC, Dylan Ratigan is leaving the network to pursue opportunities outside the television business.

Ratigan, the 4pmET host, will anchor his final show on June 22. In a note to MNSBC staffers this afternoon, Ratigan said he will put his time into telling the stories of individuals who “seize new tools and take cultural risks to resolve our challenges.”

“While it may seem unconventional to leave a rapidly growing political cable show on the eve of a Presidential election, to me, the timing couldn’t be better,” Ratigan wrote. “In fact, the thrill of an opportunity to expand new systems that cost less and give us more in every part of life is impossible to pass up.”

Ratigan joined MSNBC in 2009 after six years at CNBC. He began as the 9-11amET anchor and took over his current 4pmET timeslot six months later.

“Dylan’s distinct voice and his fearless approach to tackling complicated issues has been a key part of MSNBC’s growth and success,” president Phil Griffin wrote in a note to MSNBC staffers this afternoon. “We’ll be watching as Dylan begins his next mission.”

Beginning June 25, Martin Bashir slides an hour forward as he replaces Ratigan at 4pmET. MNSBC is developing a new show for the 3pmET timeslot.

Read the notes from Griffin and Ratigan after the jump.

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Current TV’s Gavin Newsom Interviews MSNBC Host Dylan Ratigan

Current TV considers itself a direct competitor to MSNBC, and indeed both channels are targeting a very similar audience. That competition isn’t stopping MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan from appearing as a guest on Current TV however. Ratigan taped an interview with California Lt. Governor and Current host Gavin Newsom for the second episode of Newsom’s program, which will be televised Friday at 11 PM.

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Reporting the death of Andrew Breitbart

The death of Andrew Breitbart, at the age of 43, came as a shock in TV newsrooms across the country. Breitbart, who suffered from heart problems, collapsed while walking in his Brentwood, CA neighborhood. He was pronounced dead just after Midnight.

Over the last few years, despite his disdain for the mainstream media, Breitbart had become a regular on cable news, taking a conservative stand, defending his latest scoop or just taking part in the conversation. His last national appearance was Tuesday night with Piers Morgan following results of the Arizona and Michigan primaries. “I’ve cleaned up and got my hair into an aerodynamic fashion for you,” Breitbart joked with Morgan.

FNC reported Breitbart’s death at 9:33amET and began a conversation for the next half hour with several of their anchors and contributors including Sean Hannity: “He had a level of courage that is really almost unmatched today in media;” Greg Gutfeld: “He is leaving a powerful legacy. He will be a legend.” Tucker Carlson: “I talked to him last night, seemed totally exuberant as he always does.” And Monica Crowley: “I have known very few people in my life who lived life to the hilt the way Andrew Breitbart did.”

CNN reported the news at 9:34am. CNN conservative contributor Erick Erickson phoned in at 10:19. “He really is like a super nova who has gone dark,” said Erickson. Another CNN contributor, Dana Loesh phoned in at 10:40. Loesch is the editor of Breitbart’s Big Journalism site. “Once you got to know him… to know him was to like him. Regardless of what you thought about his politics.”

MSNBC reported the breaking news at 9:41. Breitbart’s politics did not align with the political leanings of MSNBC, which may be why he always seemed to relish his appearances with anchors including Martin Bashir and Dylan Ratigan, and, when he was with MSNBC, David Shuster. Because of their contentious nature, those interviews often made headlines.

Breitbart, who was prolific on Twitter, sent his last Tweet at 11:26 PT, about 40 minutes before he was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center. It was a response to a blogger in Louisiana: “I called you a putz cause I thought you were being intentionally disingenuous. If not I apologize.”

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