NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC consolidated its primetime lineup on Monday by naming Alex Wagner to fill Rachel Maddow’s timeslot four nights a week, Tuesday through Friday.
Wagner, who worked at CBS News, as co-host of Showtime’s “The Circus” and as an editor at The Atlantic, is on her second stint at MSNBC. She joined MSNBC in February after hosting a show on the network a decade ago.
Maddow will continue to work in its 9 p.m. Eastern time slot on Monday nights, MSNBC said.
“I’m honored to anchor a key hour of television at such a critical time for American democracy,” Wagner said.
It’s a big move for the liberal-leaning news network and its president, Rashida Jones. Maddow has been MSNBC’s most popular personality, and her decision earlier this year to step down from a weekday show that was the network’s program linchpin came as a blow.
Since going to her Monday-only schedule, the hour has been filled with subs, but the nightly show has kept its name. Occasionally, during major news weeks, Maddow has been on the air more often.
A first-generation Asian American whose mother emigrated to the United States from Myanmar, Wagner wrote a book about her experiences, “FutureFace: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest and the Secret to Belonging.”
Besides The Atlantic, she was also a business reporter for HuffPost and a White House correspondent for AOL’s Politics Daily. She was editor of The Fader, a culture-focused magazine, and executive director of an advocacy organization that aimed to end mass atrocities.
“His unique perspective, grounded in more than two decades of journalism, and his tenacious reporting from the United States and abroad will help our audience contextualize what matters,” Jones said.
Wagner’s new show will premiere on August 16. A continuous rotation of anchors will continue at 9 p.m. until then.
Meanwhile, CNN is still looking to consistently fill its 9:00 p.m. timeslot after Chris Cuomo was fired.
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