MSNBC Confirms Ronan Farrow As New Host

MSNBC has been in talks with the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen (or Frank Sinatra?) for months, and today network president Phil Griffin said Ronan Farrow will host a weekday one-hour program beginning in early 2014. It comes after the launch last week of another news program with Hollywood ties, the Alec Baldwin-hosted Up Late With Alec Baldwin. No other details were provided,  not even mentioning his folks, though that may have more to do with Mia Farrow having recently told Vanity Fair mag Sinatra, to whom she was married for 18 months and from whom, she said, she “never really split up” might “possibly” be Ronan’s father.  In response to which Ronan, 25, tweeted, like the diplomat he is, “Listen, we’re all *possibly* Frank Sinatra’s son.” Anyway,  the network thinks that the 25-year-old Farrow, a writer and human rights lawyer, will be able to stand on his own: A Rhodes Scholar, he most recently was a foreign policy official in the first Obama administration, founded the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues, and he served for two years as a U.S. diplomat focused on the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He also has written on human rights and foreign policy issues for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and others. “Ronan has established himself as a provocative, independent journalist capable of challenging people’s assumptions and empowering audiences,” Griffin said. “His show will be a game-changer for MSNBC, representing a fresh approach to how we deliver news.” Farrow will also contribute to and across other NBC News platforms.

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