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Posted 14 January 2020 - 03:20 PM

There are rumblings at MSNBC. Clearly Shep Smith won't have any problem finding a job once his non-compete runs out and MSNBC is apparently looking at him.

Meanwhile Chuckles is stuggling in the ratings because ... well, mostly because he's Chuck Todd. That's got him on shaky ground. I'm sure it didn't help his cause when he told the world that his job as a supposed journalist wasn't to call out lies but just to report whatever people said. His December confession for being a dupe can't help either. Being perpetually wrong and looking dumb doesn't help especially with the elections coming up this year.

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MSNBC talent and staffers are bracing for a major 2020 shakeup amid discussion of moving ratings-challenged Chuck Todd to a morning slot and execs talking with Fox News escapee Shepard Smith.

The goal of any reshuffle would be to shed ratings dead weight in the lead-up to the election. Sources at the network cautioned that a new look for the lineup is still up in the air, but brass have been batting around several options.

One of those is new blood in the form of Smith, who abruptly quit Fox News late last year after on-air skirmishes with Tucker Carlson and other prime-time hosts. Smith has had conversations with MSNBC President Phil Griffin about a potential gig when his non-compete clause expires, although his price tag is expected to be considerable for any interested network.

“It’s unclear what slot he would take, but we’d want him in prime-time,” an MSNBC insider told The Daily Beast. “We are well aware [Jeff] Zucker [president of CNN] is also pursuing him, as are a number of the networks.”

At 30 Rock, much of the tinkering is focused on the daytime schedule.

With the lackluster performance of Todd’s MTP Daily at 5 p.m.—“a hammock,” as one insider put it, between the robust ratings of Nicolle Wallace’s 4 p.m. show and Ari Melber’s 6 p.m. show—there has been talk of switching Todd to 9 a.m., as Page Six first reported. Under that scenario, the current 9 a.m. anchor, Stephanie Ruhle, could move to 3 p.m., where her financial expertise would mesh well with the market closings.

However, Todd is said to be resisting such a move. Several sources inside NBC cited the perception that his new slot would hurt him with an even bigger dip for any program that airs after the successful Morning Joe franchise. Others said that some of the show’s staffers were less than thrilled by the scheduling demands of an earlier time slot. One source told The Daily Beast that NBC News and MSNBC Chairman Andy Lack recently traveled to D.C. to meet with the Meet the Press staff to discuss the team’s weekend show and various other projects, including the show’s podcast and a possible role on NBC’s forthcoming streaming platform.

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 09:11 PM

View PostLFC, on 14 January 2020 - 03:20 PM, said:

I'm sure it didn't help his cause when he told the world that his job as a supposed journalist wasn't to call out lies but just to report whatever people said.

That's funny, because I always assumed that was the reason that they called it The Fourth Estate.
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Posted 29 September 2020 - 01:00 PM

Shep Smith landed at CNBC. Good move. You don't want to get Chuck Todd on you.
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