First Look (MSNBC program)

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First Look
Presented by Richard Lui (Monday anchor)
Betty Nguyen (Tuesday–Friday anchor)
Bill Karins (weather)
Fred Roggin (sports)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Location(s) GE Building, 30 Rockefeller Center, New York City, New York
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) NBC News Productions
Original network MSNBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV/letterboxed),
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 2004[when?] – present

First Look is an American morning news program airing on MSNBC. It is broadcast live Monday through Friday mornings at 5 a.m. Eastern Time, and competes with CNN's Early Start and Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends First. The program is currently anchored by Betty Nguyen.


First Look consists of many of the same segments and is produced by the same staff as NBC's early morning news program Early Today; some segments, such as a local weather cut-in and some feature stories, are either excluded or changed for the MSNBC broadcast, along with the anchor background (an early morning skycam shot of Manhattan on First Look, and sunrise scenes for Early Today) and graphical styling. There is a segment that is exclusive to the MSNBC newscast, a segment aired before the entertainment news summary at the end of the program, featuring excerpts from the monologue of the previous night/weeknight's episode of either The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon or Late Night with Seth Meyers, followed by the guest list of the upcoming episode. A replay of First Look aired at 5:30 a.m. ET before July 27, 2009, when Way Too Early with Willie Geist premiered.

MSNBC put the program on a short-term hiatus to test a 5 a.m. replay of both Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show at various times from February to April 2009;[1] First Look was restored onto the schedule after that.

Between November 2005, when CNN cancelled Daybreak[2] and January 2011, when CNN began simulcasting CNN International's World Business Today and World One, Early Today and Way Too Early (which follows the program at 5:30 a.m. ET) were the only morning news programs amongst the American cable news channels with a pre-6 a.m. ET start time.

On-air staff[edit]

As First Look is broadcast from the same studio at the GE Building in New York City as NBC's early morning news program Early Today, the same personalities are seen on both programs. Betty Nguyen presently serves as main anchor of the program, with Richard Lui anchoring on Mondays as well as serving as an occasional substitute anchor. Other personalities occasionally anchoring this program on a weekday morning basic could be Erica Hill, or even Dara Brown. NBC meteorologist Bill Karins (formerly with NBC Weather Plus until shortly before it ended operations in November 2008, and worked on Early Today concurrently with his duties on NBC Weather Plus) does the national and regional weather forecast segments The Weather Channel, which is part-owned by NBCUniversal, brands its weather forecasts used on the program, though First Look (as with most NBC News programs) uses separate forecast graphics from those seen on the channel.

Former on-air staff[edit]


International broadcasts[edit]

MSNBC and NBC News programs, including First Look, are shown for several hours a day on the 24-hour news network Orbit News in Europe and the Middle East.


  1. ^ Chris Arlens (21 March 2009). "MSNBC Shelves "First Look" For "Maddow" Re-Air". MediaBistro - TVNewser. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Brian Stelter (25 October 2005). "CNN Discontinues Daybreak; American Morning Expands To Four Hours Beginning Nov. 28; All Staffers Will Be Reassigned". MediaBistro - TVNewser. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
Preceded by
The Rachel Maddow Show
First Look
Succeeded by
Way Too Early