Ronan Farrow, son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, is closing a deal with MSNBC to become a news correspondent and a future Anderson Cooper-style “face of the network” anchor. Farrow has been in talks with network execs for months, and is set to become MSNBC’s next new face after Alec Baldwin, who premieres his “Up Late” show on Friday.
His deal is part of a move to inject new energy into the network.
While MSNBC reps declined to comment, a network source tells The NY Post: “They’re just finalizing the contract. Ronan is not going to get his own show off the bat, but they are going to develop him, have him work on stories and build his TV news credentials. He’ll work across the whole lineup. He’s 25, everybody knows he’s very bright, but he’s not getting his own show — yet.”
While his TV experience is limited, Farrow is a graduate of Yale Law and a Rhodes Scholar, he has served in the Obama administration’s foreign policy department, and has previously appeared on MSNBC and CNN. He’s been a UNICEF spokesman and became a special adviser to Hillary Clinton for global youth issues.
Another TV source told the paper, “This looks very much like an attention-grabbing move. Just as when Anderson Cooper joined CNN, and everybody was talking about him being Gloria Vanderbilt’s son, Ronan may be very smart, but he is also a genetic prodigy.”
Farrow has been in the news after his mother, Mia Farrow, told Vanity Fair in a well-timed interview that her son, thought to be her biological child with Allen, was “possibly” Sinatra’s son.