The New York Times reported today that sources at MSNBC say that civil rights activist and Syndication One syndicated radio talker the Rev. Al Sharpton is close to being named the permanent 6 pm anchor on the network. Sharpton has been filling in for Cenk Uygur, the radio talk show host behind “The Young Turks” who has hosted the program for the last six months. Uygur reportedly has now left MSNBC after not being promised the 6pm slot. The hiring of Sharpton would be a major move for MSNBC, which has been criticized along with CNN, for not having enough people of color in roles in front of and behind the camera.
Sharpton has been driving his listeners of his daily syndicated radio show “Keepin’ It Real,” to tune into MSNBC, which they are apparently doing in numbers large enough to impress the brass at MSNBC. The network says in a statement, “We have decided to make a change at 6:00 pm. It’s unfortunate that Cenk has declined our offer to have him develop and host a program for another time slot.”