Chris Hayes takes over Ed Schultz’s MSNBC weekday slot starting April 1

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Last night, right after Ed Schultz's fantastic interview with Scott Prouty, the “47%” videographer, Ed announced that he was moving his MSNBC show to 5-7 pm ET on Saturdays and Sundays beginning in April:

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Ed:

"I raised my hand for this assignment for a number of personal and professional reasons. My fight on “The Ed Show” has been for the workers and the middle class. This new time slot will give me the opportunity to produce and focus on stories that I care about and are important to American families and American workers.

“I’m very proud of the work our team has done here at 8 pm, but sitting behind this desk five nights a week doesn’t cut it for me. I want to get out with the people and tell their stories. This show has been a show that has been a voice for the voiceless. That really was my mission when I came here and it remains.

I’m going to be here at MSNBC for a long time – I’m not going anywhere – and I invite all of you to join me on Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 7 pm. The show will start in April.

I will continue to do my radio show, and I’ll be back here tomorrow night for my final show.”

Ed made it clear that it's been tough keeping up the long hours of doing a radio show and a TV show all in one day, 5 days a week. This will alleviate some of the pressure and allow him to do more of what he wants to do. He'll still be on television four hours a week, down from five.

That is great news. Why? Well, hopefully because Ed is happier, assuming it really was his idea. But the best part is that MSNBC is adding more progressives and less prison ("Lockup" overkill much?) to their weekend lineup, which means there's a growing market for left-leaning programming. America apparently likes liberals, can you believe it? Go figger. Conservative heads start exploding in 5...4...3...2...

So that leaves Ed's weekday slot open, and Chris Hayes will be taking over. I'm jumping for joy because I'm still asleep out here in SoCal during his ungodly o'clock show times, and the videos I've caught have been great. He covers topics others don't, and does so in depth, with guests who are knowledgeable and are often different from the usual familiar faces we see day in and day out on cable news.

Now if MSNBC would just replace Chris Matthews replays with Ari Melber and Joy Ann Reid co-hosting their own show, not to mention Lizz Winstead, Stephanie Miller, John Fugelsang, and anyone else who is slipping my mind at the moment, that would be awesome.

Here is part of MSNBC’s press release:

Hayes To Host New Show At 8 PM

NEW YORK – March 14, 2013 – Chris Hayes will host MSNBC’s 8 p.m. ET hour starting Monday, April 1. The announcement was made today by Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC.

“Chris has done an amazing job creating a franchise on weekend morning,” said Griffin. “He’s an extraordinary talent and has made a strong connection with our audience. This is an exciting time for MSNBC.”

“I am thrilled to be joining Rachel and Lawrence in primetime,” said Hayes. “I’ve absolutely loved hosting UP on the weekends and I’m looking forward to thinking through the news five nights a week.”

More information regarding the new 8 p.m. program will be available in the coming days.

Now the only question I have is, what's happening to Chris Hayes' weekend slot?

H/t: Mediaite

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