MSNBC Trades Tucker Carlson for David Gregory, Interminable Election Coverage

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So,
Tucker Carlson's show Tucker on MSNBC has been canceled, Carlson confirmed to Politico this morning after what felt like five to seven years of rumors of its demise. As of 10 a.m., his Wikipedia entry had already been updated to reflect his status as the "former host." Now, MSNBC tells us that the Tuck will stay on as a correspondent, but his time slot will be taken over by David Gregory, MSNBC's silver fox of a White House correspondent, who will cover the campaign with a show called Race to the White House With David Gregory. That's fine and all — we understand that in these fraught times the people need another show that will debate campaign minutiae — but we're a little disappointed that they didn't go with Rosie.

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MSNBC - THE PLACE FOR POLITICS - EXPANDS POLITICAL PROGRAMMING
WITH "RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE WITH DAVID GREGORY" PREMIERING MARCH 17


"Countdown with Keith Olbermann" to Re-Air at 10pm and 2am ET


"Verdict with Dan Abrams" Launches March 17


Andrea Mitchell to Anchor Weekdays 1-2 pm; "Doc Block" Expands
to 11pm-2am

NEW YORK - March 10, 2008 - MSNBC, the Place for Politics, is expanding
its already substantial political programming lineup next week as the
2008 presidential race continues to heat up. NBC News Chief White House
Correspondent David Gregory will anchor "Race for the White House," a
fast-paced daily look at the latest election news, weekdays, 6-7 p.m. ET
on MSNBC. "Race for the White House" premieres Monday, March 17, and
will continue through the election and beyond as the nation's focus
continues on the historic Presidential campaign. Also bolstering
MSNBC's political coverage, NBC News' Andrea Mitchell will anchor MSNBC
each weekday afternoon, 1-2 p.m. ET

MSNBC's top-rated "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" will now telecast
twice in primetime, with a re-air weeknights at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
"Countdown" will also air weeknights at 11 p.m. PT/2 a.m. ET; the
original telecast remains at 8 p.m. ET. MSNBC is also expanding the
"doc block," which will now telecast weeknights, 11 p.m.-2 a.m. ET/8
p.m.-11 p.m. PT.

Also March 17, "Live with Dan Abrams" re-launches as "Verdict with Dan
Abrams," an hour-long look at the day's news from a legal perspective,
and expands to five nights a week. Each day "Verdict" will assess right
from wrong and determine the winners and losers in politics, law and pop
culture. In this political season, Abrams will continue to use his legal
eye to stay "On Their Trail" separating fact from fiction, identifying
and exposing the candidate's biggest misstatements, cheap shots and
blunders, while continuing viewer-favorite segments "Beat the Press" and
"Winners and Losers." "Verdict" will telecast weekdays, 9-10 p.m. ET.

"Race for the White House with David Gregory" will feature reports from
MSNBC and NBC News correspondents around the country with the latest
breaking political news and in-depth analysis of the campaigns. Tucker
Carlson will remain with the network as MSNBC Senior Campaign
Correspondent and will appear regularly throughout MSNBC's program
lineup.

"Viewers are incredibly engaged this election season, with a real
appetite for political news," said Phil Griffin, Senior Vice President,
NBC News and Executive in Charge of MSNBC. "As NBC News' Chief White
House Correspondent, David is the perfect person to lead this key hour
of our election coverage. Tucker is one of the top political minds
inside the Beltway, and we look forward to continuing to feature his
insightful analysis."

Gregory has led the network's coverage of the Bush presidency since
2000, reporting regularly on "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,"
"Today," MSNBC and on MSNBC.com. He has circled the globe, traveling
with President Bush on every major foreign trip and to nearly every
state in the nation during the presidential campaigns of 2000 and 2004.

In the fall of 2005, Gregory began substituting regularly for Matt Lauer
on "Today." He has served as substitute moderator on "Meet the Press,"
and has been a substitute anchor for the weekend editions of "Nightly
News" and "Today." As a political commentator, Gregory is a frequent
contributor on "Meet the Press" and the syndicated "Chris Matthews"
show.

Andrea Mitchell is the Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News,
a position she has held since November 1994. Mitchell has also covered
Sen. Clinton's presidential campaign, the 2004 presidential campaign for
NBC News and is a regular panelist on MSNBC's "Hardball."


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