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Rachel Maddow

Kate Snow appointment continues MSNBC transformation

MSNBC on Thursday appointed Kate Snow to anchor an afternoon news broadcast, nearly completing a daytime refocus of the struggling network back to news that will be fully on display next week when Brian Williams returns to the air for coverage of Pope Francis' visit to the United States.

Since Andy Lack returned this spring to take over the NBC News operation, he's spent much of his time plotting a reconfiguration of MSNBC into something similar to what was envisioned at its start two decades ago — a fully integrated arm of NBC News.

"This is a page turn for MSNBC and all of NBC News," Lack said on Thursday.

Gone are opinion-based programs with...