It’s official: Al Sharpton will be hosting the 6 p.m. hour on MSNBC. Network executives confirmed Sharpton would be hosting an hour long show tentatively titled “PoliticsNation.”
While Sharpton has not had his own show on the cable network, he is not a new face to MSNBC viewers. In the past months, he has hosted the 6 p.m. slot rather regularly, also appearing as a guest on “The Ed Show” as well.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
Speculation had increased in some media circles over the last several weeks that Sharpton would be rewarded with a show on MSNBC for his support of the merger between MSNBC parent company NBC and cable giant Comcast. The merger was approved by the Federal Communications Commission in January after being opposed by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) and others who contended that NBC did not put enough African Americans in front of and behind the camera.
MSNBC execs say that Sharpton’s placement is not a reward but rather a decision based on the impressive ratings when he appeared as guest host on other shows. When asked if Sharpton’s placement was a reward for his support during the Comcast merger, MSNBC President Phil Griffin said those claims were “baseless.”
Speaking on his new gig, Sharpton said:
“I am very happy and honored to join the MSNBC team as we collectively try to get America to ‘lean forward.’ It is a natural extension of my life and work. We all learn from our pain and stand up from our stumbling and one must either lean to lean forward or fall backwards. I’m glad they have given me the opportunity to continue my forward lean.”
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