officially names Rev. Al Sharpton to host 'PoliticsNation' in daily 6 p.m.
23, 2011) Reverend Al Sharpton, the civil rights activist and minister,
has been named host of "PoliticsNation," a nightly program airing
weeknights live at 6 p.m. ET on MSNBC. 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,'" said Sharpton. "It 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
With over 40 years of experience as a community leader, politician,
minister and advocate, the Rev. Al Sharpton is one of America's
most-renowned civil rights leaders. Sharpton's highly visible career began
at the tender age of four when he preached his first sermon. A successful
civil rights career soon followed, helping Sharpton hold such notable
positions as the Youth Director of New York's Operation Breadbasket,
Director of Ministers for National Rainbow Push coalition, and founder of
his own broad-based progressive civil rights organization, the National
Action Network (NAN), one of the leading civil rights organizations in the
Since its inception in 1991, NAN has expanded to encompass chapters
throughout the United States and maintain important regional offices in
Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, GA; Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Las
Vegas, NV; and Los Angeles, CA. Sharpton was a candidate for the
Democratic nomination for President in 2004. Rev. Sharpton also hosts a
nationally syndicated radio show that broadcasts in 40 markets, five days
a week. He resides in New York and has two daughters, Dominique and
"PoliticsNation" will air weeknights from 6:00-7:00PM ET on MSNBC. Matthew
Saal is Executive Producer.
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