It’s Official: David Shuster Named Anchor of 6 P.M. Hour on MSNBC

MSNBC confirmed in a  release today that David Shuster will be taking over as anchor of the 6 p.m. hour, a slot vacated by newly minted Meet the Press moderator David Gregory.

Mr. Shuster had been filing in for Mr. Gregory in recent weeks and on Sunday Brian Stelter of The New York Times reported that the cable news channel was on the verge of naming Mr. Shuster the anchor of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

"After six years working with MSNBC primetime, I’m humbled by the opportunity to host my own show, and honored to join a line-up that includes Chris, Keith, and Rachel," said Mr. Shuster in a statement today. "As I transition into my own show, I’m particularly grateful to Chris for his support and encouragement during my years at ‘Hardball’ and now. I’m thrilled to get to work."

In August, Media Mob ran into Mr. Shuster and his wife, Julianna Goldman, a political reporter for Bloomberg News, at the Bloomberg after party for the White House Correspondents Association dinner, the 

Ms. Goldman told us that she had invited the celebrity blogger Perez Hilton to the dinner as her guest. The conversation turned to Washington and the media at the tail end of President George W. Bush’s second term in office.

"It’s not just a swan song for Bush," said Mr. Shuster at the time. "Because of the cutbacks and because of all the investment in politics, after the election time, it’s going to be a bad hangover. The media is going to have to take a cold shower. So I think everybody is enjoying the party and enjoying the fact that you have a job now while it lasts. Because starting with the new administration, lord knows what the news business is going to look like."

More from the release:

In addition to anchoring "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," Shuster will continue to anchor breaking news coverage and report during the day on MSNBC.

Shuster is an Emmy award-winning journalist with more than 16 years experience covering the nation’s capital. He joined MSNBC in 2002.

In 2008, Shuster anchored MSNBC’s 4pm ET broadcast and served as regular back-up host for "Hardball with Chris Matthews," "Countdown with Keith Olbermann," and "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue." Shuster has anchored the network’s breaking news coverage, including reports on the Mumbai terror attacks and nine straight hours of live coverage of Hurricane Ike as the storm came ashore and threatened Houston.

It’s Official: David Shuster Named Anchor of 6 P.M. Hour on MSNBC