A day after Ed Schultz announced his MSNBC program would move to weekends next month, the network confirmed that Chris Hayes will be the new host of its 8 p.m. hour starting April 1.
Hayes, 34, has been the host of MSNBC's weekend morning program Up with Chris Hayes since 2011 and contributed to the network's coverage of all the major political events during the 2012 election. He often served as a guest host for The Rachel Maddow Show and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.
"Chris has done an amazing job creating a franchise on weekend morning," said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a statement. "He's an extraordinary talent and has made a strong connection with our audience. This is an exciting time for MSNBC."
The news of Hayes' move to primetime comes in advance of NBC News Group's upfront presentation to advertisers being held in New York on Thursday afternoon.