Chris Jansing getting expanded role on MSNBC

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MSNBC is preparing a minor afternoon schedule change that will see one anchor getting an expanded two-hour stint and another moving back 60 minutes.

Chris Jansing Reports” is remaining at its 1 p.m. eastern time but expands to two full hours Feb. 13, 2023, running until 3 p.m.

Katy Tur Reports,” which previously occupied the 2 p.m. hour, will move back an hour to 3 p.m.

Both hours also brand under the “MSNBC Reports” name and are designed as rolling news coverage with panels, interviews and reports.

The new schedule has its roots when the MSNBC version of “MTP Daily” was canceled and moved to streamer NBC News Now under the name “Meet the Press Now.” It previously aired at 1 p.m.

Ayman Mohyeldin previously anchored the 2 p.m. hour, but dropped that from his duties to focus on his Friday, Saturday and Sunday show “Ayman.” In the interim, the block was branded as simply “MSNBC Reports.”

The network currently has another hour without a permanent anchor, the 10 a.m. block after “Morning Joe” goes off the air. That spot was vacated by Craig Melvin, who stopped regularly anchoring on MSNBC to focus on his work on “Today,” where he is a de facto third anchor.

MSNBC has been on a roll expanding shows. In 2020, “Deadline: White House” expanded to two hours, airing from 4 to 6 p.m. At the time, this moved “MTP Daily” to the earlier timeslot it occupied before moving to Now.

In 2022, “Morning Joe” grew to four hours, taking over the 9 a.m. block, though the show regularly repeats segments from earlier in the day rather than airing live the entire time.