Disrupt with Karen Finney

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Disrupt with Karen Finney
Disrupt with Karen Finney cover photo.jpg
Genre Current affairs, political commentary
Presented by Karen Finney
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel MSNBC
Picture format 480i (16:9 letterbox SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run June 8, 2013 (2013-06-08) – June 1, 2014 (2014-06-01)
Chronology
Preceded by MSNBC Live
External links
Website

Disrupt with Karen Finney was a political news and commentary television program that aired weekends at 4:00 p.m. ET on MSNBC. It was hosted by Karen Finney, a political commentator at MSNBC since 2009. The show debuted on June 8, 2013 and had its final broadcast June 1, 2014.

Format[edit]

The show ran from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on MSNBC weekends.[1] It used to lead in to The Ed Show.[1][2]

History[edit]

Finney has been a political commentator and guest host on MSNBC programs since 2009.[1] Prior to that, she worked on four campaigns and served as deputy press secretary to Hillary Clinton during the Clinton presidency.[1] She began her career in politics by volunteering at the 1992 Democratic National Convention,[3] and later worked on Hillary Clinton's first Senate race.[4] Finney became the first African-American spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee.[4] She has cited her maternal grandfather's struggle to accept her mixed-race background as a broadening experience.[3] Finney has said she would stop her consultant work upon starting the show.[4] She has also worked for Scholastic Corporation and the New York City Board of Education.[5] Her show is the second weekend MSNBC program to feature a Black American host, after Melissa Harris-Perry.[6]

Finney's show was announced without a title on April 2, 2013.[1] The promotion came amidst a series of programming changes at MSNBC,[1] including an effort to improve weekend programming.[4] Disrupt was originally scheduled to premiere on May 11, 2013,[2] but was later rescheduled for June 8, 2013.[7] The premiere opened with a discussion on "the conservative War on Women", and her first guest was U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer.[8]

The show was cancelled after its June 1, 2014 showing.[9]

Preceded by
MSNBC Live
MSNBC Weekend Lineup
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Succeeded by
The Ed Show

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Karen Finney Named MSNBC Weekend Host". The Huffington Post. April 2, 2013. Archived from the original on June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Ed Schultz, Karen Finney Weekend Shows Get Premiere Date". The Huffington Post. April 25, 2013. Archived from the original on June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Hoecker, Johanna (June 9, 2013). "Karen Finney: Defending Jay Carney". MSNBC. NBCUniversal. Archived from the original on June 11, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Byers, Dylan (April 2, 2013). "Democratic strategist Karen Finney to host MSNBC weekend show". Politico. Archived from the original on June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Karen Finney". The Huffington Post. AOL Tech. Archived from the original on June 11, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ NNPA News Service (May 8, 2013). "Finney to host MSNBC Show; Network’s 2nd Black woman to air on weekends". New Pittsburgh Courier. Real Times Media. Archived from the original on June 12, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ Ariens, Chris (May 8, 2013). "The Ticker: Wallace, Pitts, Schultz". TV Newser. WebMediaBrands. Archived from the original on June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ Shapiro, Rebecca (June 9, 2013). "Karen Finney Debuts New MSNBC Show 'Disrupt' (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/msnbc-cancels-disrupt-karen-finney-709526". The Hollywood Reporter. June 5, 2014. Archived from the original on June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013.