Mehdi Hasan Is Heading for MSNBC on Sunday Nights

By A.J. Katz 

Progressive host Mehdi Hasan announced on his Twitter feed Thursday morning that he is bringing his nightly streaming news program to MSNBC on Sunday nights.

In addition to continuing to air on NBC’s streaming platform Peacock, The Mehdi Hasan Show will now air Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET on the linear cable news network.

Hasan, a former Al Jazeera host-turned MSNBC contributor, debuted his show on Peacock last October.  Before earning his own streaming program, Hasan had been a frequent guest host on All In With Chris Hayes.

MSNBC consistently finishes a distant third on Saturday and Sunday evenings behind Fox News and CNN. The network gave Alicia Menendez and Joshua Johnson their own MSNBC weekend evening shows last September, but that hasn’t seemed to move the needle all that much. Perhaps Hasan’s presence can give the network a jumpstart in the hour.

Johnson had been anchoring 8-10 p.m. ET time period on Saturdays and Sundays. He will continue to anchor two hours on Saturdays, and just one hour on Sundays.

Adding Hasan to Sunday nights continues the “Fifty Percent Challenge Initiative” that NBC News Group chairman Cesar Conde announced last July, which endeavors to feature more minority voices in front of and behind the camera across the NBC News Group portfolio.