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Activist and State Dept. alum will front hourlong program aimed at 'engaged' viewers

Ronan Farrow, an activist in liberal politics and human rights issues, will host an hourlong program for MSNBC starting early next year. He’ll also be a contributor to various NBC News platforms.

“Ronan has established himself as a provocative, independent journalist capable of challenging people’s assumptions and empowering audiences,” said MSNBC prexy Phil Griffin. “His show will be a game changer for MSNBC, representing a fresh approach to how we deliver news.”

Farrow, the son of actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen, previously worked in the first Obama administration’s State Department and for UNICEF. Details on the show in development for MSNBC were sketchy in Wednesday’s announcement.

“This is a new generation of news show for a new, more engaged generation of viewers. It’s a show about why the news matters to you – and what you can do to be a part of the story,” said Farrow. “I’m excited to shake up people’s expectations for cable news. And to get a ton of Twitter followers.”

Farrow (@ronanfarrow) is a lawyer by training who has written about human rights and foreign policy for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and other publications. His bio for the MSNBC announcement also noted that he’s “two seasons behind on ‘Breaking Bad.’ “

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