Correction: TV-MSNBC-Shows Canceled story

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 30 about MSNBC canceling 3 daytime shows, The Associated Press implied that Ari Melber was named the network's chief legal correspondent last week. He was named to the position in April.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Struggling MSNBC cancels 3 daytime shows with liberal slant

Struggling MSNBC cancels 3 daytime shows with liberal slant; replacements to focus on news

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC said Thursday that it is canceling three of its afternoon programs, part of a network-wide shift to a straight news focus during the daytime hours.

Hour-long programs hosted by Ed Schultz at 5 p.m. Eastern and Alex Wagner at 4 p.m. were both axed, as was "The Cycle," a roundtable that aired at 3 p.m. with hosts Ari Melber, Toure, Abby Huntsman and Krystal Ball.

Schultz had the longest history at MSNBC. He was once a prime-time personality at the network and was relegated to weekends, then was brought back for a daily show. He'll be leaving the network, MSNBC President Phil Griffin said.

Wagner will stay on at MSNBC as a political reporter, and Melber will continue as the network's chief legal correspondent, a role he has held since April. Toure, Huntsman and Ball are leaving the network.

All of the shows featured a liberal perspective. Under new NBC News boss Andrew Lack, MSNBC will focus on news coverage during the day with opinionated shows in prime time as it struggles to reverse a ratings decline. Former "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams will join MSNBC as a breaking news anchor.

MSNBC said last week that "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd will get a daily show on the cable network at 5 p.m.


This story has been updated to correct attribution in the third paragraph. The comment should be attributed to MSNBC President Phil Griffin, not network spokesman Mark Kornblau.