Soledad O’Brien Will Host New Sunday Morning Political Show This Fall

Hearst TV Announced "Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien" to launch in select local markets

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After her stint with now defunct, Al Jazeera America, Soledad O’Brien will return to TV this fall with her political show, Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien this fall via Hearst TV.  A re-launch of Hearst’s one-season-old Sunday show marks O’Brien’s next chapter since leaving CNN in 2013. O’Brien’s production company, Starfish Media, also will be producing specials for Hearst.

 

The half-hour show will air from Washington D.C., at the Newseum and will not be your typical run-of-the-mill Sunday morning show with pundits. “I’m guessing that a 20-year-old in Baltimore has a lot to say about education in America that’s probably more relevant than … the owner of a charter-school conglomerate,” she says.

 

O’Brien insists in an interview; she will look beyond the go-to list of political analysts and surrogates (the ones who are “on bookers’ speed dial”) to find guests whose perspectives aren’t typically sought.

 

The show, which premieres Sept. 10, is being distributed across Heart’s local stations and in a new syndication arrangement that Hearst says will reach 75 percent of the country (in Washington, it will be carried by WDCW, Tribune Broadcasting’s CW affiliate).

 

Let’s hope O’Brien’s show can make a much-needed difference in the media landscape severely lacking diversity.


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