What happened to Craig Melvin’s MSNBC show?
By Michael P. Hill Article may include affiliate links
Melvin, who normally anchors “Craig Melvin Reports” at 11 a.m. eastern on the NBCUniversal owned cable network, had been missing from his show the entire week of Feb. 28, 2022.
Melvin was again missing Monday, March 7, 2022, with Yasmin Vossoughian anchoring a “Ukraine Invasion” themed hour, but noting she was “in for Craig.”
Although Melvin did return to MSNBC, later in March 2022, NBC announced he would depart MSNBC to focus on “Today.”
Melvin typically shows up around 7:30 a.m. eastern as a third co-anchor of “Today” and is also a permanent co-anchor of “Today Third Hour” at 9 a.m. eastern.
He did not appear on “Today” March 7, so it’s likely he’s out sick, on vacation or on assignment.
Melvin manages to stay quite busy — he’s typically on air off and on from 7:30 to 10 a.m. eastern for various segments in “Today” and “Today Third Hour” and then has an hour off before hitting MSNBC’s airwaves for another hour, which he anchors solo.
MSNBC opted to replace “Craig Melvin Reports” the week of Feb. 28 at least in part due to a big week of news coming out of the White House, including tracking the developments of the Ukraine-Russia crisis, preparation and next day coverage of March 1, 2022’s State of the Union — plus the evolving coverage as the country attempts to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.
Melvin is also host of the syndicated version of “Dateline,” but his anchor intros and outros are taped in advanced and often in large batches at a time.