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updated 3/13/2013 9:49:37 PM ET 2013-03-14T01:49:37

"I want to get out with the people and tell their stories," said Ed Schultz. "This show has been a show that has been a voice for the voiceless. That was my mission when I came here and it remains."

MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” hosted by Ed Schultz, will move to weekend evenings next month. The announcement was made by Ed Schultz on his broadcast this evening. “The Ed Show” will air live on MSNBC from 5-7 pm on Saturdays and Sundays beginning in April. More details of Ed’s new weekend program will be announced in the coming weeks.

Closing out his show on Wednesday, Ed Schultz said: “And in the big finish tonight, a big personal and professional announcement. MSNBC will be expanding its weekend programming and this opens a big opportunity for “The Ed Show” and my brand. I will be leaving this time slot at 8 pm ET and moving to Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 7 pm.

“I raised my hand for this assignment for a number of personal and professional reasons. My fight on “The Ed Show” has been for the workers and the middle class. This new time slot will give me the opportunity to produce and focus on stories that I care about and are important to American families and American workers.

“I’m very proud of the work our team has done here at 8 pm, but sitting behind this desk five nights a week doesn’t cut it for me. I want to get out with the people and tell their stories. This show has been a show that has been a voice for the voiceless. That really was my mission when I came here and it remains.

“I’m going to be here at MSNBC for a long time – I’m not going anywhere – and I invite all of you to join me on Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 7 pm. The show will start in April.

“I will continue to do my radio show, and I’ll be back here tomorrow night for my final show.”

In a statement, Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC, said: “I’m thrilled for Ed and happy to be expanding our weekend programming. It’s an exciting time for MSNBC and I’m looking forward to having Ed’s powerful voice on our network for a long time.”

Video: The Ed Show moves to weekends this spring

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