Ronan Farrow Signs 3-Year Deal With HBO

By Chris Ariens 

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Former MSNBC host and NBC News correspondent Ronan Farrow has signed a 3-year deal with HBO.

After leaving MSNBC in 2015, Farrow had been working as a non-exclusive contributor to NBC News. For much of last year, he’d been working on an investigation into sexual harassment complaints against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. When NBC passed on airing the story in July, Farrow took it to the New Yorker, which published the story in October.

Even as NBC News came under heavy criticism for passing on the story the network was still negotiating with Farrow to keep him on.

Farrow’s work for the New Yorker sealed his HBO deal.

“Ronan Farrow’s extraordinary, revelatory reporting for the New Yorker has helped to propel a string of other investigations, breakthroughs and overdue conversations,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys. “His work has contributed to this watershed moment in our culture, and we are excited to provide a platform for this dogged reporter to pursue projects that continue to speak truth to power.”

“Over the course of my television and print investigations in recent years, it’s become clear to me that there’s a new generation of viewers seeking out serious, substantive reporting that takes on powerful interests and attacks systemic unfairness that too often is swept under the rug,” said Farrow. “There’s an extraordinary team at HBO committed to that kind of journalism, I know HBO is the right home for this work, and I can’t wait to get started.”