'Russert' transitions to MSNBC


NEW YORK -- Tim Russert's weekend talker is moving from CNBC to MSNBC.

The move comes as the business channel prepares to do head-to-head battle with Fox Business Network for the hearts and minds of Wall Street and Main Street. Its cable-news sibling is trying to shore up its reputation as the go-to place for politics.

Russert, who is moderator of "Meet the Press" and NBC's top dog in Washington, doesn't just interview politicians and journalists on "Tim Russert." He has in the past interviewed everyone from President Bush and first lady Laura Bush to Tom Hanks, Caroline Kennedy and Derek Jeter.

Meanwhile, "Press" celebrated 10 straight seasons on top of the Sunday-morning ratings with wins in viewership and the adults 25-54 demographic. It averaged 3.6 million viewers, compared with CBS' "Face the Nation" (2.7 million), ABC's "This Week" (2.6 million) and Fox's "Fox News Sunday" (1.3 million).

Also, CNBC said Tuesday that Maria Bartiromo and Chris Matthews would co-anchor a Republican candidate debate TuesdayOct. 9 from Dearborn, Mich., to be televised live on CNBC and rebroadcast later in the day on MSNBC.