Ari Melber tries to improve a troubled time slot at MSNBC

By DAVID BAUDER Markets Associated Press

Ari Melber has been one of MSNBC's most valuable utility players. Now he gets his own show, and the assignment of shoring up a weak spot in the cable network's weekday lineup.

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The 37-year-old chief legal correspondent launches "The Beat" Monday at 6 p.m. ET. He's promising a show that makes its points by reporting more than pontificating.

"The Beat" will be the fourth different show in the time slot for MSNBC in less than two years. As the network's evening lineup has soared during the Trump administration, this has been a trouble spot. Predecessor Greta Van Susteren lasted barely six months at that time.

Melber is a lawyer who practiced in New York and also worked in the presidential campaigns of John Kerry and Barack Obama.