MSNBC (search) announced Wednesday it has hired the bow-tied conservative commentator Tucker Carlson (search) to be host of his own prime-time show, starting sometime this spring.

Carlson's hiring will fill a slot left vacant when Deborah Norville (search) decided to stop doing her 9 p.m. EST program. The move was widely expected since CNN decided a month ago not to offer Carlson another contract and to discontinue the political debate show "Crossfire." (search)

"Tucker Carlson Unfiltered." search MSNBC President Rick Kaplan search

Kaplan and Carlson worked together at CNN during the late 1990s.

MSNBC offered no details about Carlson's new show, or even a title.