Alex Wagner is taking over the 4 p.m. ET timeslot on MSNBC, the spot recently departed by Martin Bashir.
The move was announced in MSNBC President Phil Griffin’s year-end email to his employees, where he lauded the network’s efforts, applauded their new website, and reenforced, “Growing and evolving our digital space will continue to be a priority in 2014.”
Griffin closed his memo with the Wagner news: “Alex Wagner and the “Now” team will be moving to 4 p.m. starting Jan. 13. Alex is an incredible talent and her voice is a perfect lead-in to our evening programming. Alex, Dana Haller and the entire show team have done great work over the past two years and I’m looking forward to having them in this new timeslot. We’ll have more announcements in the new year — stay tuned.”
Wagner has been the host of “Now” since November 2011.
Bashir resigned earlier this month following unseemly comments that he made about Sarah Palin. In response to a Palin comment comparing the national debt to slavery, Bashir called her a “world class idiot.” He described a punishment that forced a slave to put “sh-t in his mouth” and said Palin would make an “outstanding candidate” for the same treatment.
The move to 4 p.m. opens up the noon ET slot on the network. The network recently hired Ronan Farrow, who is set to debut in January at an unannounced time.