After months of hosting the 6pm slot on MSNBC, Al Sharpton, the civil rights activist and minister, got the nod from MSNBC ‘s management to be the host of a new show, premiering August 29th at 6PM. The show will be called PoliticsNation.
The announcement was made by Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC.
PoliticsNation will debut on August 29. In his new role, Sharpton will lead a lively and informed discussion of the top headlines, bringing viewers his take on events in his signature style. “I’ve known Rev. Sharpton for over a decade and have tremendous respect for him. He has always been one of our most thoughtful and entertaining guests,” said Griffin. “I’m thrilled that he’s now reached a point in his career where he’s able to devote himself to hosting a nightly show. ‘PoliticsNation’ is going to be an incredibly strong kick-off to our evening schedule.”
In addition to being a frequent guest on MSNBC throughout the network’s history, Rev. Sharpton has also served as an occasional guest host on several programs, most recently on “MSNBC Live at 6PM” and “The Ed Show.” He joins the network at a time where MSNBC has experienced tremendous ratings growth, consistently topping CNN in primetime programming.
“I am very happy and honored to join the MSNBC team as we collectively try to get America to ’Lean Forward’ Sharpton said. It’s is a natural extension of my life work and growth. We all learn from our pain and stand up from our stumbling and one must either learn to lean forward or fall backwards. I’m glad they have given me the opportunity to continue my forward lean.”