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MSNBC Shuffles Talent

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 14, 2013

Ed Schultz is going to weekends, Chris Hayes gets the weeknight slot. The official words, Hayes first, Schultz second.

From MSNBC: Chris Hayes will host MSNBC's 8 p.m. ET hour starting Monday, April 1. The announcement was made today by Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC.

"Chris has done an amazing job creating a franchise on weekend morning," said Griffin. "He’s an extraordinary talent and has made a strong connection with our audience. This is an exciting time for MSNBC.”

“I am thrilled to be joining Rachel and Lawrence in primetime,” said Hayes. “I've absolutely loved hosting UP on the weekends and I'm looking forward to thinking through the news five nights a week.”

More information regarding the new 8 p.m. program will be available in the coming days.

Since 2011, Chris Hayes has hosted the weekend morning program “Up w/Chris Hayes” on MSNBC. He has also contributed to all major political events throughout the 2012 Presidential election and regularly served as guest host for “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”. He continues to serve as editor-at-large for The Nation, a role he has held since 2007.

Hayes’ first book, “Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy,” which is about the crisis of authority in American life, was published in June 2012. He has written on a wide variety of political and social issues and his work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, The Nation, The American Prospect, The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, The Guardian, and The Chicago Reader. He is a former Fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation and was a Schumann Center Writing Fellow at In These Times.

He is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. Follow Chris on twitter @chrislhayes.

Schultz, also from MSNBC: MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” hosted by Ed Schultz, will move to weekend evenings next month. The announcement was made by Ed Schultz on his broadcast this evening. “The Ed Show” will air live on MSNBC from 5-7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays beginning in April. More details of Ed’s new weekend program will be announced in the coming weeks.

From Ed Schultz:

“And in the big finish tonight, a big personal and professional announcement. MSNBC will be expanding its weekend programming and this opens a big opportunity for “The Ed Show” and my brand. I will be leaving this time slot at 8 PM ET and moving to Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 7 PM.

I raised my hand for this assignment for a number of personal and professional reasons. My fight on “The Ed Show” has been for the workers and the middle class. This new time slot will give me the opportunity to produce and focus on stories that I care about and are important to American families and American workers.

I’m very proud of the work our team has done here at 8 PM, but sitting behind this desk five nights a week doesn’t cut it for me. I want to get out with the people and tell their stories. This show has been a show that has been a voice for the voiceless. That really was my mission when I came here and it remains.

I’m going to be here at MSNBC for a long time – I’m not going anywhere - and I invite all of you to join me on Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 7 PM. The show will start in April.

I will continue to do my radio show, and I’ll be back here tomorrow night for my final show.”

Statement from Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC:

“I’m thrilled for Ed and happy to be expanding our weekend programming,” said Phil Griffin. “It’s an exciting time for MSNBC and I’m looking forward to having Ed’s powerful voice on our network for a long time.”

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