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MSNBC Live GraphicUPDATE.jpg
Presented byBrian Williams, Chris Jansing, Stephanie Ruhle, Ali Velshi, Hallie Jackson, Craig Melvin, Andrea Mitchell, Katy Tur, Richard Lui
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes719
Production location(s)Secaucus, New Jersey (1996–2007)
Studio 3A, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City (2007–present)
Studio 3K, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City (2011-2016)
Studio 4E, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City (2016–present)
Studio 3C, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City (2016-2017)
Running time360 minutes (with commercials)
Original networkMSNBC
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseAugust 3, 2002 –

MSNBC Live, also titled NBC News or The Place for Politics during election seasons, is a daily American hard news television program on MSNBC, originating from both New York City and Washington, D.C. studios throughout daytime hours.

"Live" is the flagship daytime news platform of NBC News, airing for at least six hours each 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 forecasts from The Weather Channel. When a story is deemed as breaking news or a special event, MSNBC producers have the discretion to replace any anchor with MSNBC Chief Anchor Brian Williams.


MSNBC Live is the name of several hours of straight news programming on the network (both weekdays and weekends), similar to what is known as "dayside" programming on other cable news channels. Beginning in 2009, MSNBC began to fill in these hours with more "opinionated" news programming. 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.

MSNBC Live was extended to 1-6pm ET on August 3, 2015, replacing the canceled The Cycle, Now with Alex Wagner, and 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 and 11am ET, 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]

On December 15, 2016, MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts was quietly cancelled with no public announcement made, and was removed from the show the day after. MSNBC moved Roberts into a weekend anchor role at the network, as well as a contributor role to the Today Show.[2][3][4] In January 2017, Hallie Jackson was confirmed to host the 10am ET time slot and Katy Tur were confirmed to host the 2pm ET for the first 100 days of Donald Trump's presidency.[5]

On February 1, 2017, Hall departed from her MSNBC Live slot.[6]

In March 2017, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack indicated that Live editions would begin receiving more "NBC News" branding, as both the show and its parent network continued to streamline their resources and news-gathering staff.[7]

On April 21, 2017, Kate Snow hosted her final edition of the program. Snow transitioned away from her anchoring duties on the show toward more long-form reporting and an expansion of her role at NBC Nightly News.[8]

On May 8, 2017, Steve Kornacki hosted his final edition of the program. Kornacki's 4pm time slot was revamped and given to Nicolle Wallace under the new name Deadline: White House. Kornacki remains with the network as the new national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC.

Getting in 2020, MSNBC decided to revamp its weekend programming. Those changes are including taking Ali Velshi from weekday 3pm slot to weekend mornings, as well as reshuffling their hosts and adding Alicia Menendez to be a new hosts for the weekend.[9]


MSNBC Live, broadcasting from NBC News' Studio 4E.

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 Hallie Jackson's edition usually originates from Washington DC, where she is based, or an on-site location of the President's travels. However, all editions of the program focus on, breaking news events notwithstanding, live political news and developments. This portion of the news is primarily reported through daytime by Washington, D.C.-based staffers such as NBC News Capital Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt, judicial correspondent Pete Williams, Chief White House correspondents Hallie Jackson and Kristen Welker, Peter Alexander and national correspondent Chris Jansing.

Currently, MSNBC Live airs from 9am to Noon and 1pm to 4pm ET each weekday. On weekends, it airs from 6am to 10am and 2pm to 5pm ET. The running time can be extended, even into the night, if breaking news warrants. Andrea Mitchell's eponymous show, Andrea Mitchell Reports, airs weekdays from 12pm to 1pm ET. Alex Witt broadcast "Weekends with Alex Witt" is now a separate broadcast outside of MSNBC Live.

List of MSNBC Live anchors[edit]


Time (ET) Anchor
9AM - 10AM Stephanie Ruhle
10AM - 11AM Hallie Jackson
11AM - 12PM Craig Melvin
12PM - 1PM Andrea Mitchell Reports
1PM - 2PM Stephanie Ruhle
(formerly Velshi & Ruhle)
2PM - 3PM Katy Tur
3PM - 4PM (rotating)


Time (ET) Saturday Anchor Sunday Anchor
6AM - 8AM Cori Coffin, Kendis Gibson, and Lindsey Reiser
12PM - 2PM Weekends with Alex Witt
2PM - 4PM David Gura Alison Morris
4PM - 5PM Richard Lui

While Andrea Mitchell Reports and Weekends with Alex Witt are branded separately from MSNBC Live, their programming style and graphics package are often noticeably similar with MSNBC Live. Alicia Menéndez is joining MSNBC in October 2019 and scheduled to host on weekends afternoon, however there hasn't been any confirmation on when Menéndez will start hosting.

Special event 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 OSN News in MENA Region, including MSNBC Live and several other MSNBC shows.


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  2. ^ "MSNBC quietly cancels 'Live with Thomas Roberts'". Fox News. 2016-12-18. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  3. ^ Balluck, Kyle (2016-12-19). "MSNBC cancels 'Live with Thomas Roberts'". TheHill. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  4. ^ "MSNBC Quietly Axes 'Live With Thomas Roberts'". Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  5. ^ Steinberg, Brian (January 18, 2017). "Katy Tur, Hallie Jackson Get Expanded Duties at NBC News, MSNBC". Variety. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  6. ^ Koblin, John (February 1, 2017). "Tamron Hall Leaves 'Today' Show and MSNBC". The New York Times. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
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  9. ^ Steinberg, Brian (December 19, 2019). "MSNBC Moves Ali Velshi to Weekend Mornings in Schedule Shake-Up". Variety. Retrieved February 10, 2020.

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Preceded by
Meet the Press
MSNBC Live (Saturdays and Sundays)
3:00 PM–4:00 PM
Succeeded by
Dateline Extra