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MSNBC Chief Erik Sorenson '77 Pulls Plug on Jesse Ventura Show

December 25, 2003

December 25, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - "After a two-month run, former Gov. Jesse Ventura's cable show is off the air and there are no immediate plans for MSNBC to bring it back," notes a story in today's Chicago Sun-Times. "The news channel's president, Erik Sorenson [a member of DePauw's Class of 1977], sent a memo Tuesday to staff announcing he was extending a previously announced holiday break for the show," continues the article, which was distributed nationally by the Associated Press.

In his memo to MSNBC staffers, Sorenson wrote, "I've decided to focus the majority of our resources on Monday-Friday primetime in 2004. Consequently, the holiday hiatus for 'Jesse Ventura's America' will continue indefinitely." The story notes that "Sorenson said Ventura will continue to serve as a political commentator for MSNBC during the 2004 campaign season."

You can access the article online by clicking here. Erik Sorenson is a member of DePauw's Media Center board.