NBC News Chairman Andy Lack has set out on a new mission to apparently put the house of MSNBC, its corporate sibling, in proper order.
Reports state that the struggling station will see the end of Ed Schultz’s 5 p.m. “Ed Show”. It will be replaced by a new show hosted by “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd. Todd has been described as being a “non-ideological journalist.” He used to host MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown”. He will be assuming the new duties while continuing his roles as NBC News political director and host of “Meet the Press.”
The step to send Schultz packing and on his way has been met with disappointment, and even anger, by some of his diehard fans. He has been at MSNBC for six years in both prime time and weekend afternoon slots.
Among the first to voice their anger was Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders – himself a frequent guest on Schultz’s show. Upon hearing the widespread, but as of yet officially unconfirmed reports, he took it out on Comcast, MSNBC’s corporate parent.
“We live in a time when much of the corporate media regards politics as a baseball game or a soap opera. Ed Schultz has treated the American people with respect by focusing on the most important issues impacting their lives,” Sanders said.
He added, “He has talked about income and wealth inequality, high unemployment, low wages, our disastrous trade policies and racism in America. I am very disappointed that Comcast chose to remove Ed Schultz from its lineup. We need more people who talk about the real issues facing our country, not fewer.”
The bold decision to cut the show has been seen as an indication of Lack’s no-nonsense approach to shaking things up at MSNBC.
Lack is a former NBC News president. He was recruited back into the company, after he left in 2001, by NBC Universal chief Stephen Burke.
Other shakeups are also expected in timing changes and with the likelihood of “The Cycle” and “Now with Alex Wagner” being dropped.