Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki will join MSNBC in the fall
One of the news industry’s worst-kept secrets is finally here.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary who resigned from her post a few weeks ago, is expected to join MSNBC in the fall, where she will host a new streaming program slated to launch in the first quarter of 2023. She will also appear on NBC and during special MSNBC programming related to the 2022 midterm elections and the 2024 presidential election. MSNBC confirms a hiring that has been known in TV news circles for several months.
“His vast experience in government and on the campaign trail and his perspective as a White House and Washington insider is the kind of analysis that sets MSNBC apart,” MSNBC President Rashida Jones said in a statement. prepared statement. “She is a familiar face and a trusted authority for MSNBC viewers, and we look forward to her insights during this consequential election season.”
The hiring of Psaki is emblematic of the big changes happening at MSNBC, which for the past few years had marketed itself as a place where viewers could get breaking news coverage throughout the day and even into the evening. when warranted, while receiving opinion programming from a prime-time progressive glass. Increasingly, however, the network is giving away more hours to opinion programming — “Morning Joe” was recently expanded to four hours and MSNBC hired analysts and opinion leaders like Katie Phang and Ayman Mohyeldin. – and reduced the number of programs devoted to direct news. .
Of course, there are news programs in the late morning and mid-afternoon. Seasoned presenter Chris Jansing takes over the 1 p.m. slot once devoted to Chuck Todd’s weekday version of “Meet The Press.” This program was transferred to NBC News Now.
Many of these changes are taking place as the advent of streaming video pushes NBCUniversal to disrupt the way it leverages its information assets. Traditional news coverage is increasingly the domain of NBC News’ streaming video products, including broadband outlet NBC News Now, as well as a streaming feed of NBC News’ venerable “Today” program. the society.
Psaki is the second former Democratic political operative hired by MSNBC in recent months. Symone Sanders, a former adviser to the campaigns led by President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, now hosts a weekend show that also appears for streamers for part of the week. PSAKI and Sanders are represented by United Talent Agency.
PSAKI just completed a 16-month stint as White House press secretary for the Biden administration. She previously served as White House communications director under former President Barack Obama and spokeswoman for the State Department. She is an alumnus 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 in national political campaigns will fuel the insight and perspective I bring to this next chapter,” Psaki said in a statement. “I look forward to creating a space on streaming where we break down the facts, find out what’s causing the problems, and hopefully have some fun along the way.”