36 Facts About MSNBC


MSNBC is an American news-based pay television cable channel based in New York City.

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In 2019, MSNBC ranked second among basic cable networks averaging 1.

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MSNBC was established under a strategic partnership between NBC and Microsoft.

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In January 2001, Mike Barnicle's MSNBC show started, but it was canceled in June 2001 because of high production costs.

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In late 2005, MSNBC began attracting liberal and progressive viewers as Keith Olbermann began critiquing and satirizing conservative media commentators during his Countdown With Keith Olbermann program.

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MSNBC especially focused his attention on the Fox News Channel and Bill O'Reilly, its principal primetime commentator.

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NBC News senior vice president Phil Griffin would oversee MSNBC while continuing to oversee NBC News' Today program, with Abrams reporting to Griffin.

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Cosby was made the primary anchor for MSNBC Investigates at 10 and 11 pm ET, a new program that took over Cosby and Carlson's timeslots.

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Oversight of MSNBC was shifted to Phil Griffin, a senior vice president at NBC.

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Shortly thereafter, Major League Baseball firmed up a long-term lease of the former MSNBC building to become the home studios of MLB Network, which launched from the facility on January 1,2009.

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On October 11,2010, MSNBC unveiled a new televised advertising campaign and slogan called "Lean Forward".

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MSNBC issued a statement that it had ended its contract with Olbermann, with no further explanation.

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MSNBC retained its lead among the Hispanic and African-American demographics.

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MSNBC Live had at least eight hours of programming each day, barring any breaking news that could extend its time.

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In September 2016, MSNBC launched The 11th Hour with Brian Williams as a nightly wrap-up of the day's news and a preview of the following day's headlines.

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In January 2017, MSNBC debuted a program in the 6 pm EST hour entitled For the Record with Greta, hosted by former Fox News Channel anchor Greta Van Susteren.

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In March 2017, MSNBC began to increase its use of the NBC News branding during daytime news programming, as part of an effort to emphasize MSNBC's relationship with the division.

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On May 8,2017, MSNBC introduced a new late-afternoon program, Deadline: White House, hosted by NBC political analyst former White House communications director Nicolle Wallace.

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That month, MSNBC became the highest rated American cable news network in primetime for the first time.

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MSNBC's increasing viewership was accompanied by declining numbers at Fox News Channel.

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On December 7,2020, MSNBC announced that Rashida Jones would succeed Griffin as president in 2021.

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In January 2021, MSNBC had its highest-rated week ever in the wake of the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, exceeding the ratings of Fox News for the first time since 2000.

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Nielsen ratings showed that MSNBC ranked second among basic cable networks averaging 1.

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When MSNBC started in 1996, they announced plans to start broadcasting in Europe during 1997.

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In Turkey, NTV-MSNBC is the news channel of the Turkish broadcaster NTV Turkey.

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MSNBC launched on XM Satellite Radio channel 120 and Sirius Satellite Radio channel 90 on April 12,2010.

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Since then, commentators have argued that MSNBC has a bias towards liberal politics and the Democratic Party.

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In September 2008, MSNBC stated that Olbermann and Chris Matthews would no longer anchor live political events, with David Gregory assuming that role.

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In January 2012, MSNBC used Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, and other network commentators during its coverage of the Iowa Republican caucuses.

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The report stated that in 2012, MSNBC spent only $240 million on news production compared to CNN's $682 million and the Fox News Channel's $820 million.

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Rendell said, "MSNBC was the official network of the Obama campaign, " and called their coverage "absolutely embarrassing".

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Study done by the Project for Excellence in Journalism showed that MSNBC had less negative coverage of Obama and more negative stories about Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

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In March 2019, Yashar Ali, a journalist for The Huffington Post accused Dafna Linzer, a managing editor at MSNBC, of ceding editorial control to the Democratic National Committee.

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Ali, who planned to announce the locations of the DNC debates in advance of MSNBC, received a call attempting to dissuade him with the phrase "let them make a few phone calls, " referring to party leaders.

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MSNBC came under particular scrutiny during the first three primary-season state votes in 2020 due to historical references made by two of their hosts.

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MSNBC then questioned what Sanders meant when he used the term 'socialism'.

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