MSNBC Launching 'The Cycle' With Pundit Panel

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MSNBC president Phil Griffin suspended Olbermann -- without pay -- from his Countdown chair in November after the talk-show host made more than $7,000 in campaign contributions to a trio of Democrats: Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, and to Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway. Olbermann responded in the press for "mistakenly violating an inconsistently applied rule" about NBC's political donations policy.

The program's panelist-hosts are Toure, S.E. Cupp, Krystal Ball and Steve Kornacki.

MSNBC is launching a politics-themed show called The Cycle, which premieres at 3 p.m. Monday.

The program, executive produced by Steve Friedman, will be co-hosted by pundits Toure, S.E. Cupp, Krystal Ball and Steve Kornacki.

"This ensemble brings interesting voices and backgrounds to the 3 p.m. hour," said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in an internal memo. "Toure, Krystal, S.E. and Steve have been embraced by our MSNBC shows. I’m looking forward to getting their take on politics and news of the day – every weekday – at 3 p.m."

Some industry watchers are comparing The Cycle to Fox News Channel’s The Five, the show that replaced Glenn Beck with a team of pundit-panelists who discuss politics and current events.

The Cycle fills a void left by Martin Bashir's show, which is moving from the 3 p.m. hour to the 4 p.m. time slot recently vacated by departing anchor Dylan Ratigan.