First Look (MSNBC program)
|Presented by||Richard Lui (Monday anchor)
Betty Nguyen (Tuesday–Friday anchor)
Bill Karins (weather)
Fred Roggin (sports)
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location(s)||GE Building, 30 Rockefeller Center, New York City, New York|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||NBC News Productions|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV/letterboxed),
|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; First Look was restored onto the schedule after that.
Between November 2005, when CNN cancelled Daybreak 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.
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
- Natalie Morales (2004; now with Today)
- Amy Robach (2004; now with ABC News)
- Contessa Brewer (2004–2005; currently fill-in anchor at WNBC in New York City)
- Kristine Johnson (2005–2006; currently main anchor at WCBS-TV in New York City)
- Bill Fitzgerald (2006–2007)
- Milissa Rehberger (various quarters)
- Dan Kloeffler (2007–2009)
- Christina Brown (2007–2010)
- Lynn Berry (2010–2012)
- Mara Schiavocampo (2012–2013)
- Veronica De La Cruz (2011–2014)
- Frances Rivera (2014–2015; currently co-host MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts)
- Betty Nguyen (2014–present; Early Today on NBC // First Look - on MSNBC)
- Sean McLaughlin (2004–2005; now at KPHO in Phoenix)
- Rosey Edeh (2004–2005; now appears on The Morning Show in Canada)
- Byron Miranda (2007)
- Chris Arlens (21 March 2009). "MSNBC Shelves "First Look" For "Maddow" Re-Air". MediaBistro - TVNewser. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
- 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.
The Rachel Maddow Show
Way Too Early