Ronan Farrow — the son of Mia Farrow who previously worked as an Obama administration foreign policy official — will host a weekday program on MSNBC beginning early next year. The announcement came Wednesday from MSNBC president Phil Griffin. The show, which is likely to launch in mid-January, will be closely aligned with Farrow’s activism. And he told THR on Wednesday that his desire to join a television network was born of conversations he has had with young people who are frustrated with the vituperative immobility in Washington as well as the current state of TV news.
“I think what people crave is more involvement in the story,” he said. “There has been a democratization of information. But what they still crave, and what I crave as a TV viewer, is a guide on how people can have agency in the story. And this show is all about empowering people to do that. People want a return to real democracy. They want to respond to these events [in Washington] that there is so much frustration about.”
Like his mother, Farrow is a human rights activist with AIDS in Africa and the genocide in Darfur among his areas of focus. A graduate of Yale Law School and member of the New York Bar, Farrow worked closely with the late Richard Holbrooke as a special adviser for humanitarian and NGO affairs in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
But he was recently in the headlines for his mother’s equivocation about her son’s paternity. The admission came during an interview with Vanity Fair about her and her family’s continued antipathy toward Woody Allen, who is allegedly Ronan’s father. When asked by writer Maureen Orth if Frank Sinatra could be Ronan’s father, Mia Farrow coyly answered “possibly.” Ronan attempted to diffuse the tabloid onslaught by wryly tweeting: “Listen, we’re all *possibly* Frank Sinatra’s son.”