Ari Melber's New MSNBC Show Gets Name and Launch Date
Melber is replacing Greta Van Susteren at 6 p.m.
Ari Melber’s new MSNBC 6 p.m. show will debut Monday, and will be called The Beat With Ari Melber.
Melber is moving into the time slot vacated when the network abruptly and unexpectedly canceled Greta Van Susteren’s show on June 29. While also occasionally filling in for network heavy-hitters Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell, Melber has hosted his own show, The Point With Ari Melber, on Sundays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
In addition to serving as MSNBC’s chief legal correspondent, Melber will take on a new role as NBC News legal analyst, and will appear across the network’s platforms.
“With Washington experience from his days as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate, Ari knows politics and government first-hand,” wrote MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a Friday memo.
Melber is seen as a rising star at the network, which has been experiencing boom times during the Trump presidency, with ratings and advertising revenue on the rise. He’s been with the network for six years, starting out as a contributor.
Ali Velshi and Chris Jansing have filled in as anchors for the 6 p.m. hour since Van Susteren left the company after only about six months.
Van Susteren, a former CNN and Fox News anchor, told The Hollywood Reporter that she’d consider offers for other TV-hosting jobs, though it’s not clear yet if there’s a fit right now. In comments on Twitter, she attributed her dismissal to poor ratings, and said she didn’t begrudge the network.