MSNBC's Ali Velshi to move to weekends, host two-hour program

MSNBC's Ali Velshi to move to weekends, host two-hour program
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MSNBC unveiled a new weekend lineup on Friday that includes "Velshi & Ruhle" co-anchor Ali Velshi moving to Saturday and Sunday where he will host a two-hour program.

The network announced that Velshi, a one-time CNN anchor, will move to 8 a.m. ET starting in January, where he will helm a show that leads into Joy Reid's “A.M. Joy.”

NBC News correspondent David Gura will also join the weekend team and will anchor “MSNBC Live” on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. He was previously host of the weekend morning program "Up" on Sundays.

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Alicia Menendez, a former host on Fusion, will host two weekend shows, with one airing at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and another at 6 p.m. on Sundays. Both programs run for one hour.

“Going into 2020, there won’t be any slow news days. Our investment in weekends continues to be a priority for us,” Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, said in the announcement.

Menendez, the daughter of Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezGovernment watchdog: 'No evidence' Pompeo violated Hatch Act with Kansas trips No time to be selling arms to the Philippines Senate panel approves Trump nominee under investigation MORE (D-N.J.), was signed by the network in October and is the latest sign of MSNBC's push to beef up its weekend programming, following similar moves by Fox News and CNN during Trump's presidency.

“Alicia has a smart and unique voice,” Griffin said in a statement on Oct. 1. “I’ve watched her for years. We’re thrilled to add her to our lineup at such an exciting time.”

Stephanie Ruhle will continue to anchor “Velshi & Ruhle” weekday afternoons with a rotating co-anchor until a permanent replacement is decided on.