MSNBC hires NPR host

MSNBC has hired a longtime public radio host to anchor an unspecified program.

  • Joshua Johnson, who currently hosts “1A” (short for “First Amendment”) for NPR.
  • Now, he’s slated to get his own show on the owned cable network.
  • It’s not immediately clear where his show will land on the schedule.
  • Previous public radio hires Joy Reid and David Gura have weekend shows on the network — and it’s possible Johnson’s show could take over one of the spots used for “ Live” or a repeat of the network’s primetime shows on the weekend.
  • The network’s weekday schedule is fairly solid, though it’s always possible a change could be coming.