MSNBC announced on Thursday that conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt is getting his own self-titled show starting Saturday, June 24. The show will air Saturday mornings at 8:00 a.m. for 30 minutes.
The newest addition to the network would come amid hopes to improve viewership, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
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MSNBC is trying to expand weekend night programming, with Thomas Roberts anchoring a live news program from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekend nights. These hours normally air re-runs of "The Rachel Maddow Show" and "The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell," which are the two highest-rated programs on the network.
New York Magazine reported in April that MSNBC was talking with Hewitt about giving him a show.
Sources told New York Magazine that some staff were worried that NBC News chairman Andy Lack was leading MSNBC in a more conservative direction. Former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren's hire, for example, raised internal controversy at MSNBC, with host Chris Matthews being especially frustrated with the hire.