Joy-Ann Reid Snags Afternoon Anchor Slot at MSNBC

She’ll join five other African-American anchors on the network, including Melissa Harris-Perry, Al Sharpton and Tamron Hall.

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Joy-Ann Reid to Host Own Show on MSNBC

The Grio to Stay, Despite Fate of NBC Latino

Joy-Ann Reid, managing editor of the Grio and an MSNBC contributor since 2011, will host her own show on MSNBC, the network announced on Monday.

David Wilson, co-founder of the Grio, told Journal-isms that he is returning to the site as managing editor when Reid departs and maintained that NBC has no plans to drop the site, as it did this month with NBC Latino.

“NBC has a long-term interest in the ongoing success of the Grio,” Wilson said by telephone. “We are partners with MSNBC, and we see that going forward.”

The future of the English-language NBC Latino and the Grio were said to be the subject of internal discussions at NBCUniversal, which has seen new executives at the top of its news operations.

Hugo Balta, president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, met Friday with NBCUniversal executives over the absorption of NBC Latino into, Balta wrote in a message posted on the NAHJ website.

While many have and will continue to be (rightfully so) critical of NBCU’s decision, I can assure you the motivating factor was purely business. No one I spoke to disagrees that the Latino community is an important voice at NBCU (coverage, content, employees). Still the realities of business models, corporate priorities and strategies have an effect on any operation,” Balta wrote.

Referring to English-dominant Latinos, he added, “I agree and support the absorption of NBC Latino [into] a new website that includes and exposes their unique voice to all audiences.” 

Monday’s announcement about its new daytime schedule also places “News Nation” with Tamron Hall at 11 a.m. ET and “Andrea Mitchell Reports” at noon ET. The network is adding an as-yet unnamed show with Ronan Farrow, 26-year-old media personality and son of actress Mia Farrow, at 1 p.m.