Dylan Ratigan is saying good-bye to MSNBC on June 22nd. He planned this about three months ago, and Martin Bashir will be moving his show up an hour to Ratigan’s old slot, but who’ll be taking over at the Bashir spot? Starting on June 25th, several different hosts and contributors will, under the watch of Ratigan’s staff, who will create a brand new show. Audition time!
His contract expires this month and he got paid about $1 million a year, per some of his staff.
Mr. Ratigan, whose news analysis show is now broadcast at 4 p.m. Eastern time, said in a telephone interview that he was electing to leave cable so that he could put into practice what he has talked about on TV. Mr. Ratigan has attacked political systems, corporations and special interests on his show and promoted movements for job creation, bank reform and campaign finance reform in the past.
“Once you’ve said your piece, you can either keep saying it — and then it’s a job, good job, pays well, everybody knows your name, it’s great — or you can decide what you’re going to do about it,” he said. “And the answer is, I don’t know. But I do know, in order to figure it out, I have to dismount.”