Kate Snow to Anchor Afternoon Block on MSNBC, Sunday 'Nightly News'

Lineup changes also include a daily edition of Chuck Todd's 'Meet the Press,' as the network "sharpens its focus on live, breaking news," according to president Phil Griffin.

Kate Snow, NBC News national correspondent, will anchor the 3-5 p.m. block on MSNBC while also taking over as the anchor of the Sunday edition of NBC's Nightly News. The changes fill a hole in MSNBC's schedule since network president Phil Griffin canceled multiple shows last summer. 

Snow, who came to NBC News in 2010 from ABC News, will begin on Nightly Oct. 4. Her duties on MSNBC begin Monday. Jose Diaz-Balart will remain in the 9-11 a.m. slot followed by Tamron Hall from 11 a.m.-noon. Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd's previously announced 5 p.m. program — called MTP Daily — will begin Sept. 28. But it's unclear what will eventually fill the 6 p.m. hour recently vacated by Al Sharpton.

And Griffin confirmed that Brian Williams will indeed begin his duties as MSNBC's breaking news anchor on Sept. 22. As first reported by THR, Williams will anchor the network's breaking news coverage of Pope Francis' trip to the U.S. Williams has an office on the third floor of NBC's 30 Rockefeller Center headquarters, where most of the network's anchors are located. It's not known exactly how he'll be introduced. 

Snow, of course, is closely associated with NBC News. She is a frequent presence on newsmagazine Dateline, has filled in on Nightly and anchored weekend editions of Today. Her elevation at MSNBC fills an important segment of a new daytime lineup meant to focus on breaking news instead of opinion and analysis that will continue to be offered by the network's primetime hosts including Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell.

Griffin and NBC News chairman Andy Lack are certainly hoping that Williams can bring in some of the viewers who watched him regularly on Nightly

Griffin also announced that longtime MSNBC producer Izzy Povich will become executive producer of the network's morning news coverage, while Pat Burkey has been named executive producer in charge of afternoon news coverage. Previously, Burkey, was the EP of Nightly News with Brian Williams. And in a separate memo, NBC News president Deborah Turness announced that Sam Singal, previously a senior producer on Nightly, will become EP of the Lester Holt-anchored broadcast. 

Griffin's full memo:


As we sharpen our focus on live, breaking news in the daytime and smart, informed analysis and opinion in primetime – I want to share some new programming elements and management changes with you.

Starting next week, we’ll welcome two new anchors to our afternoon lineup, as we draw on our best breaking news talent from across MSNBC and NBC News.

I’m happy to share the good news that Kate Snow will join our anchor team and be in the chair from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm each day. Please join me in welcoming Kate to our dayside lineup, and also congratulating her on another new role – as announced earlier today, Kate is now the anchor of the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News.

Also, as you know, Brian Williams will be leading our live, breaking news coverage – helping viewers navigate big moments. He will begin on Tuesday with the arrival of Pope Francis.

Then, on Monday, September 28, Chuck Todd’s new show will debut at 5 pm. MTP Daily will bring the insight and power of Meet the Press to our air every day of the week. We hope it will become the daily cable news show of record for the 2016 campaign.

Behind the scenes: Powering our new lineup is an outstanding editorial leadership team. Izzy Povich will be the Executive Producer of our morning news coverage, and Pat Burkey will be the Executive Producer in charge of afternoon news coverage. Izzy and Pat are a formidable team – and they both have the distinction of having been with MSNBC on our very first day in 1996. You all know Izzy as a highly accomplished and respected producer. In Pat, we are fortunate to have an extremely talented editorial force coming off an incredible run at Nightly – leading the flagship broadcast through four straight years as number one in all categories in a very competitive field.

Rashida Jones will be the Managing Editor for dayside and will have the pivotal role of overseeing all of our coverage throughout the news day. She will work closely with Izzy and Pat – all three will report to me.

Yvette Miley, SVP, MSNBC, will continue to work closely with me and the dayside leadership team and will be responsible for talent management in front of and behind the camera plus weekend and overnight editorial coverage. In addition, Yvette will take on responsibility for leading diversity for NBC News and MSNBC, working with me, Deborah, and Craig Robinson. Yvette’s editorial and leadership experience will be invaluable to both businesses as we strive to increase the diversity of our viewers and users.

The whole team will partner with Mark Lukasiewicz during big breaking news events. Mark will lead coordination across both networks.

We’ll have more to share soon about some additional assignments, and you’ll be seeing this new structure phase in over the next several weeks.

This is an exciting time. Thanks as always for all your hard work. We’re making great strides every day.