Amid a ratings tailspin, MSNBC is trying to shake up its afternoon programing block by axing Ronan Farrow Daily and The Reid Report, according to Politico.
In their places, the network has arranged for Thomas Roberts to anchor a new daily two-hour block of news programming from 1-3 pm. Roberts will quit his gig anchoring Way Too Early, the 5:30am show he started a year ago that is on before Morning Joe.
Nobody’s losing their job, according to TV Newser. Ronan Farrow will launch a new series of primetime specials and will continue to partner with the NBC News Investigative Unit. Reid will become a national correspondent for MSNBC on-air and online.
Farrow, has been cagey about his sexuality since he entered the public eye. The son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen (or Frank Sinatra, depending on who you believe), Farrow has been ensconced squarely in the glass closet—lives like he’s out, but won’t come out publicly. Conversely, Roberts has been openly gay for some time now and married husband Patrick Abner in a ceremony that was celebrated publicly.
It remains to be seen if rearranging their roster will stem MSNBC’s ratings decline.