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Martin Bashir Named MSNBC Anchor

The co-anchor of ABC’s ”Nightline“ is leaving the network for NBC; he will be replaced by Bill Weir

There's a new face at MSNBC. Martin Bashir will be anchoring his own afternoon show on the cable news network in the fall.

Bashir also will be a contributor to "Dateline NBC."

Bashir joins NBC from ABC, where he was co-anchor of "Nightline" with Terry Moran and Cynthia McFadden.

"Good Morning America" weekend co-anchor Bill Weir will take Bashir's place at "Nightline."  

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining MSNBC and NBC. This is a rare and special opportunity – to host a daily news and current affairs show and also work on long-form journalism both at MSNBC and with ‘Dateline,’" Bashir said.

Bashir is best known for hosting the 2003 interview special "Living With Michael Jackson," an intimate look at the late singer's life that sparked an investigation into Jackson's relationship with the children at the Neverland Ranch. 

MSNBC president Phil Griffin announced the hiring on Thursday. “I’ve followed Martin’s career for many years and have always admired his work. He fits in with what MSNBC wants to be: He’s smart, original, and thoughtful," Griffin said.

Bashir will begin working at MSNBC and "Dateline" in September.