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Mia Farrow's son Ronan gets a TV gig

Ronan Farrow attends the Esquire 80th anniversary and Esquire Network launch celebration at Highline Stages on Sept. 17, 2013, in New York.
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The reports are true: MSNBC has hired Mia Farrow's 25-year-old son Ronan to host a weekday program at the network starting next year.

Network chief executive Phil Griffin said Wednesday that Ronan Farrow would be a game changer for MSNBC, representing a fresh approach to how it delivers news.

Farrow is a former Rhodes scholar who founded the State Department's Office of Global Youth Issues in President Barack Obama's administration. He has written about human rights and foreign policy and has been a commentator on television networks.

Farrow says he wants to shake up people's expectations for cable news. He told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, "I think what people crave is more involvement in the story. There has been a democratization of information. But what they still crave, and what I crave as a TV viewer, is a guide on how people can have agency in the story. And this show is all about empowering people to do that. People want a return to real democracy. "

Farrow made headlines recently when his mother suggested in an interview with Vanity Fair that he was the son of Frank Sinatra, not Woody Allen, as was long assumed. Allen has called the claim absurd, and Sinatra's widow, Barbara Sinatra, called the claims "phony."