Al Sharpton Moves to Sundays…
The New York Daily News’ David Hinckley writes that Al Sharpton is losing his weekday slot…for Sunday only.
The Rev. Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show is moving from prime time to church time.
As part of an ongoing shakeup at the cable news channel, Sharpton’s “Politics Nation” will shift from 6 p.m. weeknights to 8 a.m. Sundays.
His last weeknight show will be Sept. 4 and his first Sunday show Oct. 4.
Sharpton deflected a suggestion that he had been demoted.
“I’m very happy,” he said Wednesday. “First, I can reach a wider audience of people who don’t get home by 6 at night. Second, I can now get the A-list guests and newsmakers I want. And third, a Sunday morning host is what I always wanted to be.
“I never wanted to be a weeknight pundit. I wanted to be a Sunday morning newsmaker. I wanted to be Dr. Martin Luther King, not Larry King.”
Uh-huh. If that’s what he wanted he could have stipulated as much and MSNBC would have accomodated him just to get him. He could have said no to a weekday gig if his heart was truly set on Sundays.
Related: Politico’s Alex Weprin writes that Sharpton’s slot will revert to the boilerplate “MSNBC Live” until something else can be named to take its place.
Also Related: CNN’s Brian Stelter hears that the 6pm slot may eventually become a political roundtable program.