This week an MSNBC spokesperson confirmed that both "The Reid Report" along with "Ronan Farrow Daily" have been pulled from the network.
The Reid Report was a daily program hosted by black liberal political commentator and managing editor of theGrio.com, Joy-Ann Reid. The show featured political commentary on world and national news. It ran on the network for a year.
POLITICO reports that the decision to knock the two shows was made in an effort to "stem cataclysmic rating declines and waning relevance":
Earlier this month, MSNBC registered its lowest full-day rating in nearly a decade, drawing an average of 55,000 viewers in the all-important 25- to 54-year-old demo. In January, MSNBC's daytime ratings for January were down 20 percent in total and 37 percent in the demo when compared to the previous year. In prime time, total viewership was down 23 percent, while the demo dropped by 39 percent.
The elimination of the two shows is also part of an effort to make MSNBC daytime programming strictly "news-focused."
Though the programs have been cancelled, Reid will continue to work for MSNBC as a national correspondent, a regular contributor on primetime programs, and a reporter for NowThisNews, an MSNBC online partner. Similarly, Ronan Farrow will be a special correspondent for the network and have the opportunity to host primetime specials dedicated to interviews with politicians, public figures, and celebrities.
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Courtney Taylor is a senior English-Creative Writing major at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA. She is an editorial intern at For Harriet. Follow her on Twitter @thecourtcase or reach her by email: Courtney@forharriet.com