Rachel Maddow, MSNBC’s top host, is renewing her contract


Rachel Maddow, the top-rated presenter at MSNBC, has renewed her contract with the cable news broadcaster and extended her 13-year tenure by several years, according to one person who was briefed on the deal and had no authority to speak publicly about it.

In addition to hosting her show, Ms. Maddow, 48, will develop new projects with the network’s parent company, NBCUniversal, the person said. Financial terms of the deal could not be found out.

Ms. Maddow’s contract was due to expire next year, and The Daily Beast reported this month that she had expressed an interest in leaving the network to pursue podcast and streaming projects. The news that Ms. Maddow has extended her contract with the network was first reported by Insider.

The Rachel Maddow Show, which airs at 9pm on weekdays, is MSNBC’s No. 1 rating draw and offers a mix of news, opinion and entertainment. Ms. Maddow, a former Rhodes Fellow, was one of the hosts who helped MSNBC become a popular hub for liberals, especially during the Donald J. Trump presidency.

Her standing on the network and in the cable news world grew with Mr. Trump in office as her show helped regain ratings for MSNBC, whose prime-time viewership in the top 25- to 54-year-old age group has increased to a. more than doubled year. (Fox News has once again established itself as the # 1 cable news channel.)

Phil Griffin, the former president of MSNBC, gave Ms. Maddow her prime-time break in 2008. He resigned in February, shortly after the station hit its highest viewership in a quarter of a century. He turned the reins and the task of holding those viewers over to Rashida Jones.


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