The far left cable network MSNBC has matched CNN for ratings once in a while but has never been anywhere near FOX News for viewership. Now, the struggling network has cancelled three shows.
MSNBC cancels three shows amid transition
MSNBC has formally decided to cancel three programs — “The Cycle,” “Now with Alex Wagner” and “The Ed Show” — as part of a larger effort to shift its daytime lineup away from opinion programming, network sources told the On Media blog on Thursday.
Alex Wagner and Ari Melber, a “Cycle” co-host and MSNBC’s chief legal correspondent, will remain with the network. Ed Schultz, the host of “The Ed Show,” will leave the network, as will “Cycle” co-hosts Abby Huntsman, Krystal Ball and Toure. MSNBC President Phil Griffin announced the news in a memo sent shortly after the initial version of this item was published.
The cancellations, which have been expected for some time, come as NBC News chief Andrew Lack moves to refashion the liberal cable channel as a straight-forward news and politics offering, at least in daytime.
Some of the reactions on Twitter were pretty funny:
Breaking: MSNBC has canceled @thecyclemsnbc.
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) July 30, 2015
At least Cecil the Lion never had to know https://t.co/OHeURy7jWL
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) July 30, 2015
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) July 30, 2015
— Joseph Incalcaterra (@jpinkster) July 30, 2015