Update: The site is live.
“For the first time in 17 years we have our own digital home,” MSNBC boss Phil Griffin tells his employees, “and starting this afternoon you can type in msnbc.com into your browser to see what all the excitement has been about.”
NBC chief digital officer Vivan Schiller’s memo:
From: “Schiller, Vivian (NBCUniversal)”
Date: October 29, 2013, 10:09:25 AM EDT
To: “@NBC UNI News Digital”
Subject: Fwd: Note from Phil
Remind to all digital staff that MSNBC.com formally launches today. That means the url MSNBC.com will now direct to it’s rightful home. It’s been a long time coming — congrats again to the whole MSNBC team.
Except some traffic fluctuations to NBCnews.com as a result. It’ll even out as user find where they intended to go.
Senior VP & Chief Digital Officer, NBC News
MSNBC president Phil Griffin’s memo:
From: “MSNBC Communications (NBCUniversal)”
Date: October 29, 2013 at 10:01:42 AM EDT
To: “@MSNBC Everyone”
Subject: Note from Phil
Some of you have been hearing about it for months – others for years – but I’m delighted to say the day has finally arrived. For the first time in 17 years we have our own digital home, and starting this afternoon you can type in “msnbc.com” into your browser to see what all the excitement has been about.
We’ve had several internal events over the last few weeks that I hope you’ve enjoyed. Today we have a couple of final treats, including an iPad raffle. All MSNBC employees who’ve signed up for a profile on msnbc.com are eligible, so you’re going to want to swing by the third floor newsroom at 3:15pm where I’ll be drawing the three lucky winners. And we’ll also have Starbucks coffee available throughout the day to celebrate:
12:00-1:00pm in the 3E Kitchen
3:30-4:30pm in the 4W Kitchen
Thank you for your help growing and contributing to the MSNBC digital community. This is a big day for us.