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Presented by Tamron Hall, Chris Jansing, Sheinelle Jones, Steve Kornacki, Craig Melvin, Andrea Mitchell, Frances Rivera, Thomas Roberts, Stephanie Ruhle, Kate Snow, Brian Williams, Alex Witt
Country of origin United States
Location(s) Secaucus, New Jersey (1996–2007)
Studio 3A, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City (2007–2016)
Studio 4G, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City (2016–present)
Running time 420 minutes (with commercials)
Original network MSNBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 1996 – present

MSNBC Live, also titled The Place for Politics during election seasons, is a daily American news-talk television program on MSNBC.

"Live" is the flagship daytime news platform of NBC News, airing for eight consecutive hours per day on MSNBC. Focusing on live news coverage, the program consists of guest analysis and interviews around the stories of the day, in addition to feature-like stories, in-depth special reports, and The Weather Channel forecasts. When a story is deemed as breaking news, MSNBC producers have the discretion to replace any anchor with Breaking News Anchor Brian Williams.


"MSNBC Live" was the name of several hours of straight news programming on the network (both weekdays and weekends), similar to dayside programming on other cable news channels. Beginning in 2009, MSNBC began to fill in these hours with branded programming during dayside hours. During the network's pivot back to hard news in 2015, the name returned during daytime hours. The brand is also used during holidays and as fill-in programming when a show ends or is canceled until a new show is ready.

The program aired at various times through the years, but most recently aired Saturdays from 2-4pm ET, and Sundays from 3-4pm ET until late 2014, when the program's anchor, Craig Melvin, was reassigned, seeing the end of the program.

Following major changes to MSNBC's dayside lineup announced in February 2015, Thomas Roberts was appointed to a new weekday time slot from 1-3pm ET under the Live branding, beginning on March 2.

An additional 3 hours of MSNBC Live debuted on August 3, 2015, airing from 3-6pm ET, replacing the canceled The Cycle, Now with Alex Wagner, & The Ed Show.

On October 5, 2015, Jose Diaz-Balart's morning program, 'The Daily Rundown,' and Tamron Hall's show of five years, 'NewsNation', were reverted to the 'Live' branding, airing at 9am ET and 11amET, respectively. In July 2016, Diaz-Balart left the program to begin his new duties as anchor of NBC Nightly News Saturday. Today Show weekend anchor Craig Melvin replaced Diaz-Balart.[1]

For the most part, each block of the program maintains an element of autonomy and different segments depending on who is hosting. For example, Stephanie Ruhle's edition of the show is formatted similarly to a morning news show, while Steve Kornacki's edition of the program is focused almost singularly on political news and campaign data.

Currently, MSNBC Live airs from 9am-5pm ET each weekday. Andrea Mitchell's eponymous show, Andrea Mitchell Reports, also takes on the "Place for Politics" branding during election seasons.

Election Night Anchors and Contributors[edit]

Anchors and contributors[edit]

International broadcasts[edit]

MSNBC and NBC News programming is shown for several hours a day on the 24-hour news network Orbit News in Europe and the Middle East, including MSNBC Live and several other MSNBC shows.


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Preceded by
Meet the Press
MSNBC Live (Saturdays and Sundays)
3:00 PM–4:00 PM
Succeeded by
Disrupt with Karen Finney