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MSNBC AIMING TO ATTRACT YOUNGER VIEWERS WITH NEW HOST

October 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In an apparent move to attract younger viewers, MSNBC has signed 25-year-old Ronan Farrow to host a one-hour talk show to debut in early 2014. In a statement, MSNBC President Phil Griffin described the show as “a game changer for MSNBC, representing a fresh approach to how we deliver news,” but he provided no further details. The statement further quoted Farrow as saying that the show would be be aimed at a “more engaged generation of viewers. … I’m excited to shake up people’s expectations for cable news.” Farrow formerly served in the Obama administration as the State Department’s first Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues. He has also written articles about foreign-policy issues for such newspapers as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. His striking good looks were inherited in part from his mother, actress Mia Farrow. Until recently it was generally assumed that his father was Woody Allen, but Mia Farrow raised questions about his paternity in a recent interview with Vanity Fair when she implied that former husband Frank Sinatra may “possibly” have been the father. (Sinatra was 73 when Ronan was born; Allen, 52.) Asked about his mother’s remark, Ronan tweeted: “Listen, we’re all *possibly* Frank Sinatra’s son.”