Difference between NBC and MSNBC

Key Difference: NBC is a broadcast channel, which means that is plays TV shows, day time shows, children programming, talk shows, and even news shows. In contrast, MSNBC is a news channel.

NBC and MSNBC are two different broadcast channels. They are owned by the same company, NBCUniversal. NBC stands for National Broadcasting Company. However, MSNBC was originally started by NBC in collaboration with Microsoft. Hence, the MS for Microsoft, while NBC for National Broadcasting Company.

NBC is a broadcast channel, which means that is plays TV shows, day time shows, children programming, talk shows, and even news shows. In contrast, MSNBC is a news channel. It plays ‘a full schedule of live news coverage, political opinions and award-winning documentary programming – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.’

NBC is the older of the two. NBC was started in 1939. It was preceded by a radio channel, also called NBC, which first started broadcast in 1926. NBC is currently the oldest major broadcast network in the United States. MSNBC, on the other hand, was started in 1996, which makes it practically a fledgling as compared to NBC.

NBC has eleven owned-and-operated stations and nearly 200 affiliates in the United States and Canada. In addition, it also has NBC-branded international channels in South Korea and Germany. MSNBC is broadcasted in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Kenya, parts of Latin America, and parts of Northern Africa.

Comparison between NBC and MSNBC:

 

NBC

MSNBC

Type

American commercial broadcast television and radio network.

American liberal basic cable and satellite channel that provides news coverage and political opinion on current events.

Owned by

NBCUniversal

NBCUniversal News Group, a unit of the NBCUniversal Television Group division of NBCUniversal.

Year launched

November 15, 1926 (radio)

April 30, 1939 (television)

July 15, 1996

Country of air

United States or America

United States

Canada

Europe

South Africa

Middle East

Primary programming

Shows, programs, cartoons, talk shows and some news.

News and Politics

Image Courtesy: en.wikipedia.org, now.msnbc.com

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