MSNBC Decides: Touré Is Out, Rev. Al Stays (For Now)
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MSNBC Decides: Touré Is Out, Rev. Al Stays (For Now)

nullIt was

just Wednesday when I reported on some big possible changes coming to MSNBC

to improve its sinking ratings. Last time it was rumored that "The Ed Show" with

Ed Schultz, "All In with Chris Hayes" and "PoliticsNation" with Rev. Al Sharpton

were on the chopping black, and that Keith Olbermann could possibly return to the network, despite some network execs’ apprehensive fears.

Well it’s

now being reported, by various news sources, that the network has decided what

to do: "The Ed Show" will be cancelled, along with their afternoon shows, "Now

with Alex Wagner" and MSNBC’s rather lame attempt to be all hip and trendy to

attract younger viewers, better known as "The Circle," headed by four hosts, including

journalist and cultural critic Touré.

The plan is

to replace "The Ed Show" with a new show anchored by current "Meet the Press" host Chuck

Todd, who previously had an early morning show on MSNBC called "The Daily Rundown," until he left to host MTP.

And in the two-hour slot that was previously taken up by "The Circle" and "Now with Alex Wagner" will be a new newscast

program possibly hosted by Brian Williams who is still looking for repentance

and some sort of comeback.

The decision

was made because NBC News president, Andrew Lack, believes that MSNBC is

too talk show heavy and the shows are too much alike, adding that the network needs to go back to

straight news reporting.

On that

front, CNN regularly beats MSNBC in the ratings during the afternoon with their

news shows, which gives them a great advantage to cover a wide range of stories, while MSNBC had to fit in whatever hot story is going on that day around its

talk shows.

The plan now

is to concentrate their opinioned talk shows during the day and primetime, and

just do straight newscasts in the afternoon, similar to the one that Thomas

Roberts currently does on the network, afternoons from 1-3PM.

What this

means is that both Hayes and Rev. Al are safe for now, although inside network

sources say that there will be some changes involving those shows sometime in the near future.

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