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Liberals Pushing for Cenk Uygur or Sam Seder to Get MSNBC’s 10 p.m. Slot

MSNBC officials have been deluged with endorsements from liberal viewers who want either Cenk Uygur or Sam Seder to follow Rachel Maddow in the 10 p.m. Eastern slot, a time period that would be attractive to the West Coast audience.

The grass-roots campaigns started when it became apparent that the cable outlet is contemplating creating a new show for the slot that is occupied by a repeat of “Countdown With Keith Olbermann,” Matea Gold of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Cenk Uygur is known for the Internet show “The Young Turks” and Sam Seder is an on-air personality for Air America.

Here is some of Gold’s report:

The lobbying efforts have drawn thousands of supporters and led fans to pepper MSNBC with e-mails in support of their favorite personality. Hundreds of people have posted messages of support online, some even creating their video spots</a>. (Give the time slot to “The Young Turks,” one,  “or I’ll switch back to CNN.”) Liberal bloggers on sites like have also weighed in.

They all hope that MSNBC will choose a host cast from the same left-leaning mold as Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, who have helped power the cable channel’s ratings.

“You have a block with two unabashedly progressive voices that doesn’t exist anywhere else on cable news,” said Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, founder of the Daily Kos, who urged his readers to back Seder for the spot. “We want to take advantage of locking up that third hour, if we can.”

MSNBC President Phil Griffin said he’s not necessarily looking for someone who shares the political leanings of Olbermann and Maddow, but is delighted by the response.

“If people identify with us, I’m thrilled,” he said.

“Obviously, we’re going to have flow between our shows,” Griffin added. “But it isn’t going to be ideology that drives it. I want that hour to be edgy, to be smart, to be a little snarky.”

A fresh show for the slot is desperately needed for MSNBC. The Olbermann reruns are in fourth place, getting a run for its money by CNN’s Nancy Grace. Here are the Feb. 17 numbers from

10 PM P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
On the Record w/Greta—1,825,000 viewers (399,000) (645,000)
Anderson Cooper 360—1,443,000 viewers (572,000) (583,000)
Countdown w/Keith Olbermann—727,000 viewers (237,000) (360,000)
On the Money—170,000 viewers (66,000) (123,000)
Nancy Grace –724,000 viewers (273,000) (436,000)


Written by newscycle

February 19, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Posted in MSNBC

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  1. Cenk would be a great choice because:

    1)-He’s made huge inroads with New Media. The TYT youtube channel reached over 63 million views in 18 months which is astounding for anyone familiar with the format. Cenk would represent an inevitable and invaluable bridge between cable news and the internet.

    2)-Building off of #1, Cenk could bring in an untapped, younger demographic. You know, all those young people who got involved this last election aren’t necessarily interested in listening to yet another old white guy on TV.

    3)-He’s had an insanely impressive guest list which includes: Rachel Maddow, Arianna Huffington, Ted Kennedy, Michael Moore, Alan Greenspan, Grover Norquist, Howard Dean, Naomi Klein, John Cusack and way too many others to name. Imagine who he could get on MSNBC?

    4)-It would add some diversity. Viewers are ready for change, and that includes the aesthetics/background of their talk show hosts. After all, we did just elect “Barack Hussein Obama”.

    5)-His style and delivery are very different from both Maddow and KO. And he’s proven his tv presence with his stints on CNN-HN, like when he defended Gen. Wesley Clark’s McCain comments.


    February 19, 2009 at 10:56 pm

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