One of the news industry’s worst kept secrets is finally about to see the light of day.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary who resigned from her job a few weeks ago, is scheduled to join MSNBC in the fall, where she will host a new streaming program expected to launch in the first quarter of 2023. It will also appear on NBC and during MSNBC’s special programming related to the 2022 midterm elections and the 2024 presidential election. MSNBC confirms a take that has been around in TV news circles for several months.
“Her extensive experience in government and campaigning and her perspective as an insider to the White House and Washington is the kind of analysis that sets MSNBC apart,” Rashida Jones, MSNBC President, said in a prepared statement. “She is a familiar face and trusted authority for MSNBC viewers, and we look forward to hearing her insights during this momentous election season.”
Psaki’s hiring is symbolic of major changes at MSNBC, which in recent years had presented itself as a place where viewers could get breaking news throughout the day, and even into the evening if needed, while listening to opinion programs progressive glasses were served by a in the evening. Increasingly, however, the network is dedicating more hours to opinion-only news — “Morning Joe” recently expanded to four hours, and MSNBC has hired analysts and opinion-moderators like Katie Phang and Ayman Mohyeldin — and has shrunk the number of shows devoted to news-only.
Many of these shifts are occurring as the advent of streaming video is prompting NBCUniversal to transform the way it runs its news resources. Traditional news coverage has increasingly become the domain of NBC News’ streaming video products, including broadband outlet NBC News Now, as well as a streaming feed from the company’s venerable “Today” program.
Psaki is the second former Democratic politician to be hired by MSNBC in recent months. Symone Sanders, a former campaign adviser to President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, is now hosting a weekend show that also airs for streamers during part of the week. Psaki and Sanders are represented by United Talent Agency.
Psaki has just completed a 16-month stint as the Biden administration’s White House press secretary. She previously served as White House communications director and State Department spokesperson under former President Barack Obama. She is an alumna of John Kerry’s presidential campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. She was also a key member of the Biden-Harris transition team.
“My time in government, from the White House to the State Department, and years before that in national political campaigns, will further the insights and perspectives I bring to this next chapter,” Psaki said in a statement. “I can’t wait to create a streaming space where we break down the facts, get to the root of the issues and hopefully have some fun in the process.”
https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/jen-psaki-msnbc-new-program-streaming-1235276109/ Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki is making the move to MSNBC this fall