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Premieres September 21 (Check local listings for times)

Set to premiere the weekend of September 21 & 22, 2002, “The Chris Matthews Show” is a half-hour weekend news program that will examine the week’s most compelling topics in news. The show will be based in Washington D.C. and will be produced by NBC News and distributed in national syndication by NBC Enterprises.

From the upcoming midterm elections to politics to general interest topics, “The Chris Matthews Show” will bring viewers up close and behind the scenes of the top stories of the day. The show will provide viewers with information that they won’t get elsewhere and the opportunity to take away a different perspective on the latest news stories.

Each week, Matthews will lead a roundtable of four to five panelists consisting of editors, reporters and politicians. “The Chris Matthews Show” will examine the vast world of political opinion and policy and will feature a variety of topics of interest ranging from domestic and foreign policy and the war on terrorism to hot topics of the day including movies, events and pop culture.

At the helm of “The Chris Matthews Show” is Executive Producer Nancy Nathan. Nathan had been Executive Producer of “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” since 1998 and continues as the Director of NBC News’ Polling Unit. Prior to being Executive Producer of “Meet the Press,” Nathan served as chief Washington producer for “Today” from 1989-1997 where she headed the broadcast’s Washington office and oversaw editorial coverage, public policy and politics.

As an author, international journalist and no-nonsense political commentator, Matthews’ expertise in politics and government is widely recognized. In addition to hosting MSNBC’s “Hardball”, he is a nationally syndicated columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of best-selling books such as “Now Let Me Tell You What I Really Think” (2001), “Hardball” (1988), and “Kennedy and Nixon” (1996). Prior to entering journalism, he served as White House aide and speechwriter to former president Jimmy Carter as well as senior aide to Speaker of the House, Thomas O’Neill, Jr. Matthews covered the opening of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races election in South Africa and the historic peace referendum in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

NBC Enterprises Domestic Syndication’s current first-run syndicated programming includes “Access Hollywood,” “The John Walsh Show,” The Other Half,” “Weakest Link,” “The Chris Matthews Show,” “The George Michael Sports Machine,” “The Wall Street Journal Report,” “Rebecca’s Garden,” “Wild Moments,” and the off-network syndication sales of NBC’s “Providence.” NBC Enterprises Domestic Syndication also distributes the firs-run specials “The Remarkable Journey” and the “Good Housekeeping Reports” inserts.

NBC Enterprises is responsible for the global distribution and exploitation of NBC owned product, which includes foreign and domestic program syndication, strategic marketing and ancillary exploitation of owned product in home video, merchandising, licensing, music and publishing as well as strategic production and co-production alliances and co-ventures. NBC Enterprises oversees the distribution of all NBC-owned programming worldwide. This programming includes all shows produced by NBC Studios, NBC News, CNBC and MSNBC output.


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