MSNBC Live, also titled The Place for Politics during election seasons, is a daily American news-talk television program on MSNBC.
"Live" is the flagship daytime news platform of NBC News, airing for eight consecutive hours per day on MSNBC. Focusing on live news coverage, the program consists of guest analysis and interviews around the stories of the day, in addition to feature-like stories, in-depth special reports, and The Weather Channel forecasts. When a story is deemed as breaking news, MSNBC producers have the discretion to replace any anchor with Breaking News Anchor Brian Williams.
"MSNBC Live" was the name of several hours of straight news programming on the network (both weekdays and weekends), similar to dayside programming on other cable news channels. Beginning in 2009, MSNBC began to fill in these hours with branded programming during dayside hours. During the network's pivot back to hard news in 2015, the name returned during daytime hours. The brand is also used during holidays and as fill-in programming when a show ends or is canceled until a new show is ready.
The program aired at various times through the years, but most recently aired Saturdays from 2-4pm ET, and Sundays from 3-4pm ET until late 2014, when the program's anchor, Craig Melvin, was reassigned, seeing the end of the program.
Following major changes to MSNBC's dayside lineup announced in February 2015, Thomas Roberts was appointed to a new weekday time slot from 1-3pm ET under the Live branding, beginning on March 2.
An additional 3 hours of MSNBC Live debuted on August 3, 2015, airing from 3-6pm ET, replacing the canceled The Cycle, Now with Alex Wagner, and The Ed Show.
On October 5, 2015, Jose Diaz-Balart's morning program, 'The Daily Rundown,' and Tamron Hall's show of five years, 'NewsNation', were reverted to the 'Live' branding, airing at 9am ET and 11amET, respectively. In July 2016, Diaz-Balart left the program to begin his new duties as anchor of NBC Nightly News Saturday. Today Show weekend anchor Craig Melvin replaced Diaz-Balart.
On December 15, 2016, MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts was quietly cancelled with no public announcement made, and was removed from the show the day after. MSNBC moved Roberts into a weekend anchor role at the network, as well as a contributor role to the Today Show. In January 2017, Hallie Jackson was confirmed to host the 10am ET time slot and Katy Tur were confirmed to host the 2pm ET for the first 100 days of Donald Trump's presidency.
On February 1, 2017, Hall departed from her MSNBC Live slot.
For the most part, each block of the program maintains an element of autonomy and different segments depending on who is hosting. For example, Stephanie Ruhle's edition of the show is formatted similarly to a morning news show, while Steve Kornacki's edition of the program is focused almost singularly on political news and campaign data. Hallie Jackson's timeslot usually originates from an on-site location of a special news event, while Kate Snow's 3pm ET show focuses on the "Top 3 at 3," the three most important stories of the afternoon.
Currently, MSNBC Live airs from 9am to Noon and 1pm to 5pm ET each weekday. Andrea Mitchell's eponymous show, Andrea Mitchell Reports, airing from 12pm to 1pm ET also takes on the "Place for Politics" branding during election seasons.Brian Williams – Chief Anchor (2015–present)
Chris Jansing – Anchor (2014-present)
Brian Williams - Chief Anchor
Rachel Maddow - Special Event Co-Host
Chris Matthews - Special Event Co-Host/On-Site Host
Steve Kornacki - Political Correspondent/Multimedia Analyst
Chuck Todd - NBC News Political Director
Nicolle Wallace - NBC News Political Analyst
Eugene Robinson - Political Analyst
Steve Schmidt - Political Analyst
Lawrence O'Donnell - Political Analyst
Stephanie Ruhle – Anchor, 9AM to 10AM ET (2016-present)
Hallie Jackson – Anchor, 10AM to 11AM ET (2016-present)
Rotating Anchors – 11AM to 12PM ET (2017–present)
Craig Melvin – Anchor, 1PM to 2PM ET (2012-present)
Katy Tur – Anchor, 2PM to 3PM ET (2017–present)
Kate Snow – Anchor, 3PM to 4PM ET (2015–present)
Steve Kornacki – Anchor, 4PM to 5PM ET (2016-present)
Chris Jansing – Rotating Anchor (2014-present)
Ali Velshi – Rotating Anchor (2016-present)
Thomas Roberts – Anchor, 7AM to 10AM ET (2017-present)
Sheinelle Jones – Anchor, 12PM to 2PM ET (2015- present)
Stephanie Gosk – Anchor, 2PM to 3PM ET (2017- present)
Richard Lui – Anchor, 3PM to 5PM ET (2015-present)
Alex Witt – Rotating Anchor
Frances Rivera – Rotating Anchor
MSNBC and NBC News programming is shown for several hours a day on the 24-hour news network OSN News in MENA Region, including MSNBC Live and several other MSNBC shows.