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MSNBC says Al Sharpton's daily show will end, shift to Sunday

FILE - In this May 2, 2015 file photo, a portrait of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hangs on the wall behind the Rev. Al Sharpton as he speaks during a rally at the National Action Network, in New York. Sharpton is losing his daily show on MSNBC, with the network saying Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, that he’ll be downshifted to the weekend. Sharpton’s “Politics Nation” aired on weeknights at 6 p.m. EDT for the past four years at the ratings-challenged news network  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

FILE - In this May 2, 2015 file photo, a portrait of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hangs on the wall behind the Rev. Al Sharpton as he speaks during a rally at the National Action Network, in New York. Sharpton is losing his daily show on MSNBC, with the network saying Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, that he’ll be downshifted to the weekend. Sharpton’s “Politics Nation” aired on weeknights at 6 p.m. EDT for the past four years at the ratings-challenged news network (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)  (The Associated Press)

Al Sharpton is losing his daily show on MSNBC, with the network saying he'll be downshifted to the weekend.

Sharpton's "Politics Nation" has aired at 6 p.m. EDT on weeknights for the past four years at the ratings-challenged news network. MSNBC is in the midst of wholesale changes under NBC News boss Andrew Lack, deemphasizing its left-leaning programming during the daytime hours in favor of more straight news shows.

Sharpton's show occasionally put MSNBC in awkward positions, since he continued his political activism while doing some stories where there was racial controversy while remaining host of a news program.

MSNBC said Wednesday that starting Oct. 4, Sharpton's "Politics Nation" will air at 8 a.m. Sundays. His daily show ends Sept. 4.