The New York Times is reporting that the Reverend Al Sharpton will likely beat out Cenk Uygur for the 6 p.m. news anchor slot on MSNBC. While a contract isn’t officially in place, it is projected that Sharpton will be offered the slot. For the past few weeks, he has been appearing as a guest host. The news comes on the heels of sharp criticism from the NAACP and other outlets that the network has consistently failed to hire minority talk show hosts.
The slot has been in transition for six months since Keith Olbermann’s untimely departure from “Countdown with Keith Olbermann”. Uygur had been the guest host during that time until, according to Uygur, MSNBC’s management decided that they did not care for his aggressive style. As for Sharpton and his trial run in the 6 p.m. slot and once last month at 10 p.m., his ratings have been favorable.
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