Monday, May 20, 2024

MSNBC Sends Chuck Todd Daytime Show to Streaming, Andrea Mitchell May Be Next


Exclusive: I’m hearing that in the wake of changes at MSNBC, the next announcement may involve Andrea Mitchell.

Mitchell, most respected and enduring at NBC since 1978, hosts a one hour show on MSNBC at 12 noon every day called “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” But the word is that the show may move to MSNBC Now, the streaming channel of the cable network.

Today among many changes, Chuck Todd saw his “Meet the Press Daily” move to MSNBC Now, where it will stream at 4pm. Previously, “Meet the Press Daily” was seen at 1pm on the regular cable network.

Todd is a divisive character at NBC where he hosts “Meet the Press” every Sunday. Viewers of the more liberal MSNBC don’t like him, and he’s often called out by irate fans unhappy with his observations. It could be this demotion to streaming is a prelude to getting him off the Sunday show.

Mitchell is the Energizer bunny of NBC. At 75 years old she seems a lot younger. But also no one can remember a time she wasn’t with the network. She has been the Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News since November 1994. Before that, she had served as Chief White House Correspondent (1993–1994) and Chief Congressional Correspondent (1988–1992) for NBC News.

But MSNBC is mixing things up. Biden press secretary Jen Psaki is rumored to be taking over for Rachel Maddow at 9pm. Chris Jansing, a seasoned vet of 20 years, will take over Todd’s show for the time being. (She’s my age– I approve!) More changes are coming. If Mitchell’s MSNBC show is scuttled, it would be great to see more of her on Lester Holt’s nightly news.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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