MSNBC was founded in 1996 as a partnership between Microsoft and NBC television group. The company operates a cable news service and is a subsidiary of NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast.
As of 2015, more than 9.5 million households in the US alone had access to this popular news and opinion channel. Also in 2015, the company fell to third place, behind CNN. Because of this, the channel made programming changes to add at least 8 hours a day of “hard news” programming, such as adding Greta Van Susteren, former Fox News anchor, to a 1 hour in depth news program at 6PM, and The 11th Hour with Brian Williams at 11PM, with Rachael Maddow and Chris Hayes filling the prime time hours.
MSNBC is also viewed internationally, as well as online and on XM and Sirius Satellite radio. The channel has been accused of “liberal bias” by several newspaper reporters and even former President Bill Clinton.