By Victor Omondi – Rashida Jones has been named the next president of MSNBC. He succeeds Phil Griffin, who will be stepping down after having served as the president of the Cable News Network for 25 years.
Jones has been leading the breaking news and major events coverage in her current role as the Senior Vice President of NBC News and MSNBC. She oversaw presidential debates and major live programming while managing the reportage of news, including the COVID 19 and the impeachment attempt against President Donald Trump.
In an email to NBC News employees, Conde wrote, “Rashida knows and understands MSNBC, in part because it’s where she started when she first joined NBCU seven years ago. She knows that it is the people who work here that make it great, and she understands its culture. She also appreciates the impact and potential of the brand.”
MSNBC’s ranking shot up in the course of President Donald Trump’s term of leadership and in the runup to the presidential elections.
Conde had stated that his aim this year was to have the team of NBC News consist of 50 percent women and 50 percent people of color. Jones’ promotion to president becomes Conde’s first major executive appointment which sees her become the most distinguished Black woman in the cable-news industry.
Griffin, who became President of MSNBC in 2008, began as a producer on the “TODAY” show with NBC News 35 years ago. During his presidency, he oversaw the network during the Obama and Trump governments.
In an email to the NBC News and MSNBC teams, Griffin thanked his colleagues as he contemplated on his tenure at the network. He noted that the commitment and pure love and care at MSNBC were to be admired and that is what he would miss the most.
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