Craig Melvin Will Leave MSNBC Duties to Focus on ‘Today,’ NBC News

Craig Melvin Will Leave MSNBC Duties to Focus on ‘Today,’ NBC News

March 15, 2022

Craig Melvin will leave his 11 a.m. weekday-morning slot at MSNBC at the end of March, marking the latest shift of personnel at the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news outlet.

Melvin will focus more heavily on his duties at NBC’s “Today” program, where he is as regular a presence as Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, and NBC News, according to three people familiar with the matter. Melvin’s contract with NBCUniversal is believed to lapse at the end of 2022. MSNBC and NBC News declined to make executives available for comment. Puck previously disclosed Melvin’s MSNBC departure via Twitter.

The move is meant to give the anchor more time to focus on “Today,” and to help him pare back on the four hours of live TV he does each weekday. Melvin also co-anchors the third hour of “Today” at 9 a.m. Other “Today” personnel have looked to maintain a work/life balance in recent years, with two other 9 a.m. co-anchors — Sheinelle Jones and Dylan Dreier — ceding weekend “Today” duties as their duties during the week grew.

A rotating lineup of MSNBC anchors will step in after Melvin leaves his MSNBC program, starting April 1, according to one of these people


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