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Ronan Farrow's MSNBC Show Set to Premiere Feb. 24

The cable news network also adds TheGrio.com editor Joy Reid to the afternoon lineup in February.

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Ronan Farrow's daytime program will launch Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. on MSNBC, the network said Monday.

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Additionally, Joy Reid, who as managing editor of the TheGrio.com has appeared frequently, also gets her own show at 2 p.m. Tamron Hall's News Nation will move to 11 a.m., while Andrea Mitchell Reports moves to noon.

“One of the highlights of this job is finding new talent,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a statement announcing the new afternoon lineup. “Ronan and Joy are two of the most thoughtful and impressive journalists out there and I’m excited for what they will bring to the afternoon."

MSNBC executives hope that Farrow's show will attract a younger audience that traditionally watches television news. Certainly, Farrow, 26, has maintained his provocative presence on Twitter (his estranged father Woody Allen is the target of Farrow's sharpest barbs) even while under contract with MSNBC. But he also has an impressive resume that includes stints at the State Department under former secretary Hillary Clinton and a wealth of experience as a human rights activist, a passion he shares with his mother, Mia Farrow.

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Farrow's show "is going to have a different feel," Griffin told The Hollywood Reporter during an interview last January. "Like every show here, it's going to take on the character of the host. And that's critical. He's got to find his voice. But it's going to be different, it's going to be relevant and you're going to feel his personality throughout the show."

Hall, whose News Nation has aired at 2 p.m., is in contract talks with NBCUniversal News Group executives. And sources say those negotiations include a bigger role on NBC's Today, where Hall is a frequent contributor and fill-in host. In his statement, Griffin noted that Hall "has established herself as one of the best news anchors in the business" adding that it "strengthens" the network's lineup to have Hall in the morning news block.

The 11 a.m. hour has not had a regular host since Thomas Roberts went to Way Too Early on Jan. 13.