updated 2/2/2005 4:24:15 PM ET 2005-02-02T21:24:15

Tucker Carlson will join MSNBC, it was announced today by Rick Kaplan, President of MSNBC.  Carlson will start with the network next week and will host a primetime program at 9:00 p.m. ET.  The program is in development and will debut in second quarter.

Most recently, Carlson served as co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" debate program and has made a name for himself as a quick-witted political analyst.  Carlson also has a weekly program on PBS, "Tucker Carlson Unfiltered," which he will continue to host.

"Tucker and I have a long history together and I'm extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with him at MSNBC," said Kaplan.  "He is without a doubt one of the sharpest minds and best writers in this business. His passion and enthusiasm are both energizing and remarkable. He is truly a pleasure to work with." 

"This is a tremendous opportunity to do something creative and original in cable television," said Carlson. "MSNBC is on the move and I'm thrilled to join the team."

An accomplished journalist and author, Carlson has contributed to several magazines and daily newspapers including the New York Times, the Weekly Standard, the Wall Street Journal and Esquire.  His first book, "Politicians, Partisans and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News," was published in 2003.  Carlson began his journalism career as a staff writer at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. 

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