*After several weeks in try-out mode, and being dissed by “real” journalists, Rev. Al Sharpton has been tapped to be a permanent host/newscaster on MSNBC weeknights. His program is called “PoliticsNation” and will air 6 p.m. Eastern time and it premieres next Monday.

For years, the civil rights activist has shared his opinion in politics along with leading coalitions against injustices. He calls it “a natural extension of my life work and growth.”

On the show, he’ll be leading discussions on the day’s top headlines, something like what he does on his nationally syndicated radio sow.

His new spot on television is actually a very significant step as it is one of the network’s prime hours that leads into other heavily watched shows. And this is nothing new for him.

In the past he has served as a guest host on different MSNBC programs.

“I’ve known Rev. Sharpton for over a decade and have tremendous respect for him,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin. “I’m thrilled that he’s now reached a point in his career where he’s able to devote himself to hosting a nightly show.”

The AP points out, and it’s worth nothing, that last year Sharpton weighed in on behalf of the Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. as the government scrutinized the company’s ultimately successful takeover of NBCUniversal. Sharpton, the head of the National Action Network civil rights group, was among minority representatives approached by Comcast executives for support. MSNBC is part of NBCUniversal.