NBC names new ‘Daily’ co-anchor alongside Kate Snow
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NBC News Now is updating the anchor lineup for its afternoon block of news.
Aaron Gilchrist originally co-anchored with Snow but left earlier in 2023. NBC News has been filing the chair next to Snow with rotating co-anchors but has now settled on Zinhle Essamuah.
Essamuah also serves as a correspondent for NBC with an emphasis on justice, culture and poverty.
She came to NBC from NowThis News (an outlet unrelated to the NBC News Now brand) in 2021. There she helped launch the service’s Washington, D.C. bureau and anchored its flagship evening news broadcast as well as serving in various producing roles.
All four hours of “NBC News Daily” are carried on the FAST streamer NBC News Now.
The NBC broadcast network carries an hour of the show, typically dipping into the feed live midday. NBC stations have the option of providing local news and weather cut-ins as well.
The NBC broadcast of “Daily” replaced “Days of Our Lives” in most markets, NBC’s longtime soap opera that was moved to NBCUniversal’s paid subscription streamer Peacock in September 2022.
Moving “Days of Our Lives” to streaming was a bold move by NBC.
It was largely seen as a way to help the network capitalize on additional ad revenue stemming from the 2022 midterm elections.
“Daily” typically registers lower ratings than “Days” did, but it is also likely significantly less expensive to produce (despite the comparatively less expensive cost of soaps compared to a primetime drama).
Despite the lower ratings, the show has managed to grow and delivery consistent viewership. No changes to the show have been announced as of July 25, 2023, and NBC could use the show to boost ad revenue ahead of the 2024 election.
NBC said at the time that “Days” had a solid digital following, though some found it odd that the network would move a show often thought of as attracting older viewers to streaming.
“Days” is one of the longest-running shows in history, having launched in 1965 and racking up over 14,000 episodes when it moved to Peacock.
Production of “Days” had been paused in April 2021 as Sony and NBC began negotiating over the show’s future. In May 2021, the show was renewed through September 2023.
On March 15, 2023, Peacock renewed the show for two additional seasons, extending its run through its 60th anniversary.
Snow has been with NBC since 2010. She is also anchor of the Sunday edition of “NBC Nightly News.”
About ‘Days of Our Lives’
“Days of Our Lives,” sometimes known as “Days” or “DOOL,” is a long-running American soap opera that first premiered on November 8, 1965. The show is set in the fictional town of Salem and revolves around the lives, loves, and conflicts of various families and individuals. It originally focused on the Horton and Brady families and has expanded over the years to include other prominent families like the DiMeras and Kiriakises.
The soap opera is known for its compelling storytelling, filled with dramatic twists, romances, betrayals, and mysteries. It has also been acclaimed for addressing social issues and featuring iconic super-couples that have captivated audiences for generations.
“Days of Our Lives” explores a wide range of themes, such as love, friendship, family bonds, revenge, and redemption. The show’s unique mix of character-driven narratives and intriguing plotlines has made it a beloved and enduring fixture in daytime television for over five decades. As the lives of the characters intertwine, viewers are taken on an emotional rollercoaster that keeps them coming back for more, making it one of the most enduring and popular soap operas in television history.