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Greta Van Susteren Moves to MSNBC, Host New Show

Greta Van Susteren Moves to MSNBC, Host New Show

She left Fox News in September.

NBC/MSNBC continues to grab Fox News people. Former host Greta Van Susteren will join the network only a few days after Megyn Kelly announced her new shows and roles at NBC:

“I’m thrilled to start my next chapter at MSNBC,” Van Susteren said. “The network is the right destination for the smart news and analysis I hope to deliver every day, and I look forward to joining the talented journalists and analysts I respect there.”

Susteren also acknowledged her move in a flurry of Thursday tweets, noting the recent trend of network-hopping and the fact that she’s moving from a right to left-leaning outlet.

“It is strange that way we all seem to keep working w/ each other at different networks,” she wrote. “Very excited about #MSNBC.”

Van Susteren left Fox News in September after 14 years, saying the network had “not felt like home” for a few years. She left right after former CEO Roger Ailes left after former host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him.

Van Susteren broke the news the day Fox News agreed to settle with Carlson for $20 million.

At MSNBC, Van Susteren will host For the Record With Greta at 6PM ET, replacing With All Due Respect. The network hopes her show will “bridge the gap between daytime and primetime.” The network stated:

“For the Record with Greta” will provide news coverage and analysis of the day’s top headlines spanning politics and beyond. The early evening broadcast will build on MSNBC’s strategic shift to a breaking news focus during the day and, along with “MTP Daily” and “Hardball,” will provide one of the key bridges to primetime. MSNBC marked its most-watched year ever in 2016, and was the fastest growing top 100 cable network in weekday prime.

“Greta is a true pro with a proven record of tough journalism,” said [MSNBC President Phil] Griffin. “Her broad range of experience and sharp news judgment will be of great value to MSNBC as we build on our momentum going into a new year and a new administration.”


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Prediction: Greta does great. Megyn more of a meh.

I love these say nothing public statements from the network.

What MSNBC really means is “we hope this will bridge the gap between having embarrassing ratings and having slightly less embarrassing ratings.”

My guess is they plan to try to sell themselves as more balanced by showing conservative shows and liberal shows. In other words, the liberal journalists don’t want to change anything they are doing and be honest, so they’ll put out other shows of people that do to claim that the entire network is objective.

I’ll be more impressed when she takes over Rachel Maddow’s spot.

“The network is the right destination for the smart news and analysis I hope to deliver…”

Allow me to decipher for you:

“This is the only job I could find”.

    AmandaFitz in reply to Barry. | January 5, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    You’re probably right. I hated to see her leave Fox and I suspect she won’t be happy once MSNBC starts pressuring her to report “their” way. I understand why she left, since her contract had the escape clause linked to Ailes- and Murdock’s two sons want to change the focus of Fox (a big mistake, HUGE). Note to Rupert: your sons don’t have their fingers on the pulse of the people who watch your network- they’ve been raised in the wealth/liberal guilt bubble and know nothing about your audience.

Beyond the “only job I could get” comment (spot on!), I can’t figure this one out.

Greta is no conservative, but she seemed capable of reason. Seems very much like a fish out of water at MSNBC, where reason is verboten …

If Fox didn’t feel like home, isn’t MSNBC going to feel like Siberia? Or is she a closeted and deeply frustrated liberal?

I don’t see her pulling off a good progressive propaganda line routine without a fair bit of grimacing during delivery giving away the gig – just doing it for a paycheck.

Probably a liberal – the only job she could get – and maybe the only reasonable journalist MSNBC could get to save Titanic-after-the-iceberg level ratings.

I can’t figure out if Greta is going to sell out any integrity she might have resembled having in the past for a paycheck – or if MSNBC is going to experiment with less groupthink …

End of day – doesn’t matter. Trump greatly reduced the power of all these chumps, so for once this matters a lot less.

    Tom Servo in reply to PrincetonAl. | January 6, 2017 at 12:55 am

    MSNBC’s most recent head of programming is trying to walk them back from the liberal precipice. Take note, the lefty’s are going to start to howl loudly very soon now.

    Personally, I think MSNBC is going to try to be a little left, a little right, and end up pleasing no one with a huge mess of a schedule, but what do I know.

MSNBC viewers are going to freak over Greta. Most of them haven’t heard a fact contrary to their ideology in years.

It’ll be interesting to see if she lasts over there. Can’t imagine there’s a single employee currently there that isn’t far to the Left of Marx.

Megyn will certainly improve NBC’s lineup, and Fox will improve there’s when they replace her.

Congrats to Greta. She’s a true professional, and I think she will be fantastic. Hey – MSNBC will have at least one good host!

    snopercod in reply to Sally MJ. | January 6, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I haven’t watched Fox News for five years, but I used to think Gretta was pretty good. She did some excellent interviews with Sarah Palin, IIRC.

Since her surgery she just gives me the spooks. Ugh.

Superficial? Maybe. But it’s a superficial business.

American Human | January 6, 2017 at 8:40 am

I didn’t watch her on FOX, now I guess I’ll need to NOT watch her on MSNBC.
I expect she’ll revert to her liberal roots now.

A real journalist would have to have a screw loose to go to MSNBC or CNN.

Henry Hawkins | January 6, 2017 at 10:21 am

I’m having a hard time giving a shit about recent moves of talking heads among assorted heavily biased cable news outlets. I watch none of it and get my hard news online.