Tuesday, January 28, 2014

BREAKING. New schedule for MSNBC during primetime in South Africa on StarSat, starting 24 February.

MSNBC (StarSat 410) will have a new primetime schedule for South African TV viewers coming into effect from 24 February, the American 24-hour TV news channel just announced.

Several MSNBC shows will be changing timeslots from after the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

NewsNation with Tamron Hall moves to 18:00 (all South African times) from 24 February.

Andrea Mitchell Reports moves to 19:00. Ronan Farrow will have his as-yet-untitled weekday show at 20:00, and Joy Reid will start her brand-new as-yet-untitled weekday show and timeslot at 21:00 South African time.

"Tamron Hall has established herself as one of the best news anchors in the business," says Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC in a just-issued press statement. "It strengthens us to have her host during our morning news block."

"Andrea Mitchell is so critical to MSNBC," says Phil Griffin. "Andrea brings on the biggest newsmakers of the day and the new time slot will help showcase her work".

MSNBC is adding Ronan Farrow at 20:00 for South African viewers, and Joy Reid at 21:00.

"One of the highlights of this job is finding new talent," says Phil Griffin. "Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid are two of the most thoughtful and impressive journalists out there and I'm excited for what they will bring to the afternoon."

Here is MSNBC's schedule for South African viewers on StarSat from 24 February:

16:00 The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd
17:00 Jansing and Co.
18:00 NewsNation with Tamron Hall
19:00 Andrea Mitchell Reports
20:00 Ronan Farrow's new show
21:00 Joy Reid's new show
22:00 The Cycle
23:00 NOW with Alex Wagner