MSNBC names Rashida Jones President, Suicide Phil Griffin

MSNBC named Rashida Jones as the network’s president, a source said, adding that a major upheaval was caused by a news channel that has raised its profile with political coverage, but has struggled to keep up with rivals this year.

Ms. Jones, who is currently serving as senior vice president for MSNBC News, replaces longtime network president Phil Griffin, who ranked her one of the most talked about in television news and the first black female executive to run a major cable news network. . .

Mr Jones will officially take over the post for Mr Griffin in February, Cesar Conde, chairman of NBC News Group, said in a note to staff on Monday.

Ms. Jones’ elevation, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, is the first major business change made by Mr. Conde, who took over the NBC Universal unit in May. NBC Universal is a unit of Comcast Corp.

Mr. Jones has been with NBC Universal’s newsgroup for seven years, serving as executive producer and managing editor before her current position. In his most recent role, he helped oversee coronavirus epidemics and coverage of the 2020 presidential election.