Al Sharpton Considered for Cable Show

Jul 19, 2011  •  Post A Comment

New York politician and former presidential candidate Al Sharpton is under consideration for his own MSNBC show, reports the New York Post.

He would replace Cenk Uygur at 6 p.m., with the plan surfacing as Sharpton is in his third week of filling in for Uygur. Sharpton’s ratings last week demonstrated an improvement in the time slot’s ratings among older viewers, the piece adds.

Uygur has been hosting MSNBC’s 6 p.m. show on an interim basis, and has averaged between 500,000 and 700,000 viewers each night, the story says.

Sharpton might draw attention because of his outspoken nature, although that tactic backfired for CNN when it hired disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Spitzer’s program was recently canceled after failing to draw a steady following. Neither Spitzer nor Sharpton has a professional background in TV, the piece adds.

MSNBC has not commented on the story.

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