(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) Mainstream media company MSNBC removed “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd from his longstanding show to a streaming-only option re-branded as “Meet the Press Daily,” the Daily Caller reported.
The change is scheduled to take place on May 26, and reflects a larger reorganization of America’s largest leftist news networks, which are struggling to draw viewers.
The show will also move from its normal 1 p.m. cable slot to 4 p.m. on the network’s streaming service. The 1 p.m. slot will be filled by “MSNBC Reports,” hosted by anchor Chris Jansing.
According to NBC News president Noah Oppenheim, NBC’s streaming service is exceptional.
“NBC News is the leader in streaming news,” he said.
“Since our launch, we’ve been committed to delivering the best of NBC News’ journalism, free, to streaming audiences everywhere.”
The move for host Chuck Todd was framed not as a demotion, but as a sign that MSNBC’s streaming service is thriving.
“Chuck was one of the first broadcast anchors to see the massive potential of streaming and bringing ‘Meet the Press’s’ daily franchise to NBC News NOW reinforces the platform’s status as the destination for news on streaming,” Oppenheim said.
According to data provided by TV Insider, NBC News NOW, which launched in 2019, has a monthly viewership of 60 million, totaling 20 million hours of content consumed.
Despite the apparently impressive numbers, MSNBC has become increasingly out of touch with average Americans.
Further, the network has reeled as some of its biggest stars, like Rachel Maddow, move on to other opportunities.
Just last week Maddow announced that she will scale back her TV appearances to once per week