MSNBC anchor Kendis Gibson is leaving the left-leaning network because he no longer wants to be part of a “hyper-partisan” news environment 24/7.
Gibson told Variety that he is jumping to a new role at CBS’ Miami station, WFOR, a local news station in Florida.
“I wanted to get away from working in the hyper-partisan 24/7 political news space,” Gibson said. “This is a good chance to anchor a newscast that covers the full gamut of the news cycle which I love, including world news, entertainment news, human interest stories, and stories important to local communities — and in an awesome city with a big commitment to local news from the top down.”
“The move shows ViacomCBS bringing in new local staffers under Wendy McMahon, co-president of the company’s news and stations unit, and Gibson says he welcomed the chance to take on a wider range of reporting than he was able to do at MSNBC, where he was anchoring early mornings on weekends,” Variety reported.
Gibson joined MSNBC as a weekend anchor in 2019, part of a bid by the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news outlet to feature more live programming on weekends.
This comes as MSNBC has been struggling in cable news ratings and losing heavily to Fox News.
Fox News aired 72 of the 100 most-watched cable news telecasts last week.