MSNBC, Peacock to add weekend show from Symone Sanders
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“I’m all about reaching the ‘nonpolitical group chats.’ They exist. I have lots of friends that the only thing they know about politics is what I put on my Instagram every day,” Sanders said during the panel at SXSW where the show was announced. “When the news reaches those folks — the nonpolitical group chats – that’s when we’ve broken through.”
In addition, Sanders announced that veteran news leader Catherine Snyder will serve as executive producer of the program. Based in Washington, D.C., Snyder is currently the managing editor of NBC Owned & Operated Station WRC in Washington. Snyder’s career spans both local and cable news and her work has been recognized with five Emmy Awards.
“I am beyond thrilled to be joining Symone Sanders and MSNBC as we prepare to launch this new show. Symone’s knowledge, insight, experience and, above all, authenticity will offer viewers a fresh perspective not just on politics but on the cultural issues affecting all of us at a pivotal time in our history,” said Snyder. “For me personally, it’s an opportunity to go home again to MSNBC and work with an amazing team on both the cable channel and on Peacock.”
“Symone” will span cable and streaming and will leverage Sanders’ political expertise and Snyder’s trusted news leadership to bring audiences an inside look at Washington politics as Americans begin to look ahead for the 2022 midterm elections. Sanders, an Omaha native, will bring her unique perspectives and real life experience to MSNBC elevating voices from the beltway to the Midwest.
“Symone” will explore issues at the intersection of politics, culture and race and feature interviews with the nation’s top government officials, scholars, and thought leaders.
The news was shared during SXSW’s Featured Session: “The Future of News is Now” where Sanders was joined onstage by MSNBC President Rashida Jones, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim, NBC News Now Anchor Hallie Jackson, and Today All Day Host Al Roker as the group discussed how NBCU News Group’s three distinct streaming offerings have been introduced into the growing digital space, while continuing to provide compelling content for traditional television services.
Sanders’ announcement comes as MSNBC continues to bolster its multi-channel platforms with new original programming both on cable and streaming. Sanders’ show will be featured alongside exclusive streaming programs hosted by Zerlina Maxwell, Mehdi Hasan, Ayman Mohyeldin and soon Katie Phang, on Peacock. On MSNBC weekends, Sanders joins and expanding lineup of live breaking news and analysis including perspective hosts Ali Velshi, Tiffany Cross, Rev. Al Sharpton, Alicia Menendez, Ayman Mohyeldin and Jonathan Capehart.