American news channel MSNBC to launch in Australia

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 4 November 2019
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Fetch TV and NBCUniversal International Networks Australia (NBCUIN) have revealed the Australian launch of MSNBC, the network's destination for breaking news and in-depth analysis.

In an Australian first, MSNBC, the second most-watched cable network in the United States, will launch as a Fetch channel on 1 November, 2019.

MSNBC will provide viewers with an suite of breaking news and in-depth analysis – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The programming schedule will include “Morning Joe,” “Deadline: White House” with Nicolle Wallace,” “MTP Daily” with Chuck Todd, “The Beat” with Ari Melber, “Hardball” with Chris Matthews, “All In” with Chris Hayes, “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell,” and “The 11th Hour” with Brian Williams.

MSNBC will join a slate of other NBCUIN channels on the Fetch platform. Presented ad-free, MSNBC will be available in the Fetch Knowledge Pack of 19 channels for $6 per month and in the Ultimate Pack of 49 channels for $20 per month. 

Fetch TV CEO Scott Lorson says taking the MSNBC feed direct from the US enables the platfrom to deliver Fetch subscribers breaking news, straight from the source in real time.

The addition of MSNBC extends Fetch's relationship with NBCUI to include nine different content brands across three formats including linear channels, SVOD and its Australian-first virtual playlist channels.

"We know Australia is a nation powered by independent thinkers and information seekers and through the introduction of MSNBC, we’ll bridge the need for candid, insightful and considered programming delivered by journalists who are esteemed globally," NBCUIN managing director Chris Taylor says.

"MSNBC has seen remarkable success in the US delivering thought-provoking news content and we’re confident we will see the same appreciation for the channel here in Australia” 

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