Bloomberg News reshuffled its political coverage on Tuesday, ending the Bloomberg Politics vertical while shifting coverage back to Washington. With All Due Respect, the political debate show hosted by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, was also cancelled.
WADR, as it is frequently abbreviated, also airs on MSNBC an hour after it airs on Bloomberg. There was no response from MSNBC on the change.
Bloomberg Politics was launched as a separate vertical from Bloomberg’s Washington coverage and managed from New York. There was tension between the new New York reporters and the Washington reporters who bristled at political coverage coming from somewhere other than the District of Columbia. Heilemann and Halperin were paid $1 million salaries to join Bloomberg and lead the group.
Halperin and Heilemann are in talks to remain with Bloomberg, according to an internal memo from editor-in-chief John Micklethwait and Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith.
The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone first broke the story.
WADR will air until December 2 at which point the team will work on four hourlong specials about Trump’s Presidency until the Inauguruation. Bloomberg Politics will cover the Inauguration as its swan song.
The network will launch a new political show in WADR’s timeslot that “focus[es] on global politics and the impact of the new administration’s policies on business and finance worldwide.”