Cable news has served as a font for drama in the Biden presidency. CNN has become mired in scandals, MSNBC has poached personnel from the White House, and all the big three cable channels have seen their ratings plummet since the start of 2021.
Now, MSNBC has announced yet another major lineup change. Starting next month, Meet the Press Daily with Chuck Todd will no longer be on MSNBC, according to a statement from NBC News President Noah Oppenheimer.
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Instead, MTP Daily will live exclusively on NBC News NOW, a free streaming platform launched in 2019.
MTP Daily on MSNBC is not to be confused with Meet the Press on NBC News. MTP Daily is a cable adaptation Meet the Press, a Sunday broadcast known for its interviews with world leaders.
There is no word on whether Todd’s similarly styled Sunday program on NBC News, now 75-years-old, will follow suit.
Todd’s new streaming show will air at 4 p.m. on weekdays under the name Meet the Press Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Chuck Todd will yield his 1 p.m. timeslot to a new program called MSNBC Reports with Chris Jansing, in the vein of MSNBC’s José Díaz-Balart Reports
NBC News has yet to announce any changes to the original Meet the Press, which has been on the air since 1947.
Still, NBC News is leaning away from its Meet the Press franchise and toward its Reports franchise. The company is apparently downgrading its longest-running franchise.
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“NBC News is the leader in streaming news,” Oppenheim said in a statement obtained by THR.
“Since our launch, we’ve been committed to delivering the best of NBC News’ journalism, free, to streaming audiences everywhere. Chuck was one of the first broadcast anchors to see the massive potential of streaming and bringing Meet the Press’s daily franchise to NBC News NOW reinforces the platform’s status as the destination for news on streaming.”
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