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Mary Alice Williams Named Anchor of NJTV

MaryAliceWilliamsNBC News and CNN alum Mary Alice Williams has been named anchor of NJTV News, a nightly news broadcast on New Jersey’s public television network. Current anchor and managing editor Mike Schneider will remain with the show as a Senior Correspondent

“The broadcast has grown exponentially during Mike’s tenure. He has further established his legacy as a trusted source of vital news and as being one of the best interviewers in the business,” said NJTV News Executive Producer Phil Alongi. “Mary Alice is a consummate professional who has blazed trails in this business,”

With CNN, Williams oversaw the construction of CNN’s New York Bureau prior to the launch of the network in 1980. She served as New York Bureau Chief and in 1982 was appointed Vice president, becoming one of the highest ranking female executives in TV news. She reported on politics for CNN and co-hosted the first iteration of “Inside Politcs” with Bernard Shaw. Williams moved to NBC News in 1989 where she co-hosted news magazine specials and later co-anchored Sunday “Today.”

(Photo: Michael Stahl Portraits)

Mary Noonan Joins ABC News

NOONANMary Noonan has joined ABC News as VP of Talent and Development, reporting to SVP Barbara Fedida. Noonan joins from CNBC where she produced documentaries, helping the long form unit win a Murrow award in 2012. Noonan joined CNBC in 2011 from CBS News where she’d spent 23 years in a variety of roles. Noonan started out in 1988 as an assistant at newsmagazine “West 57th,” then moved on to “60 Minutes” and later “48 Hours” before being named Director of Talent Development for CBS News.

John Muller, Diana Perez Leaving ABC News

John MullerJohn Muller is leaving ABC News to re-join his former station, WPIX in New York City. In his three years with ABC, Muller has been the anchor of “World News Now” and “America This Morning” and a correspondent across all the network’s platforms.

TVSpy has more on the move.

>Update: It turns out “World News Now” will also need to replace Diana Perez, who announced on the show last week that she is leaving ABC News to devote more time to her family. “I’m going home to be a mommy,” Perez said. “This is one of those decisions that is always difficult. I intend to come back eventually, but this is kind of primetime for my kids. They are so small.” [h/t Inquisitr]

Cristina Alesci Jumps From Bloomberg to CNN

cristina alesciAfter five years at Bloomberg TV, Cristina Alesci is joining CNN and CNNMoney as a correspondent. She begins in her new role next month.

“At CNN she’ll join our talented roster of business news reporters and anchors as we reshape and relaunch CNNMoney across all platforms to deliver the money news that matters most to you,” CNN director of U.S. business news Caleb Silver wrote in a note to staff this morning. “Cristina was responsible for breaking news on some of the biggest and most competitive takeover battles, private equity deals and bankruptcies of the last five years, including the struggle for Dell, the buyout of Neiman Marcus and the collapse of MF Global.”

Before joining Bloomberg in 2009,  Alesci worked at Pfizer and law firm Sidley Austin LLP.

Read Silver’s note after the jump. Read more

Ed O’Keefe Named VP of CNNMoney & Politics

cnnmoneyAs CNN prepares to take control of CNNMoney, the network is bringing on Ed O’Keefe to the new position of VP of CNNMoney and Politics for CNN Digital.

As Time Inc. prepares to be spun off from Time Warner, CNNMoney stays in the Time Warner fold and, as of June 1, becomes a part of CNN. (Money magazine and Money.com remain with Time Inc. Money made its own internal moves yesterday). O’Keefe will be tasked with growing the CNNMoney brand as well as expanding political coverage on CNN Digital. He’ll work alongside DC bureau chief Sam Feist in that capacity.

O’Keefe joins from NowThisNews where he was editor-in-cheif. Before that, he spent 12 years at ABC News, lastly as executive producer at ABCNews.com.

In addition, CNN Digital is promoting Lex Haris to Executive Editor of CNNMoney. Haris has been with CNNMoney since 2001, and has been the site’s managing editor since 2007.

Steve Baker Named Senior Broadcast Producer for ‘Nightline’

nightline logoBeginning May 27, “Nightline” will have a new senior broadcast producer: Steve Baker, who rejoins ABC News after two years working for “Entertainment Tonight” on the West Coast.

“I am confident that Steve’s knack for finding compelling narratives and buzz-worthy angles — along with his energy and leadership — will help guide our show far into the future,” Almin Karamehmedovic, the executive producer of “Nightline,” wrote in a note to staff this afternoon.

Before he left for “Entertainment Tonight” in 2012, Baker was a coordinating producer on “Nightline,” contributing to the show’s re-launch in 2005. He has previously worked on “20/20″ and began his career interning for ABC chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross.

Karamehmedovic’s full note is after the jump. Read more

Jamie Horowitz Named SVP/General Manager of ‘Today’ Show

JamieHorowitzESPN executive Jamie Horowitz is joining NBC News as SVP and GM of the “Today” show. But his ESPN contract won’t allow him to take the job until later this year.

Horowitz, who will report to NBC News president Deborah Turness, will lead the four hours of “Today” on all platforms. Executive producer Don Nash, “Weekend Today” EP Dee Dee Thomas, and Jen Brown the GM of Today.com, will report to Horowitz.

At ESPN, Horowitz is Vice President of Original Programming and Production. He has overseen the launch of Keith Olbermann‘s ESPN2 show as well as “First Take,” “Numbers Never Lie,” and “SportsNation.” Before joining ESPN in 2006, Horowitz worked at NBC Sports. He began his career as an NBC Olympics Researcher for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

“I am honored to join Deborah’s team and help guide ‘Today’ into the future,” said Horowitz in a news release. “This is an exciting and invigorating opportunity, and I am humbled to work with one of the most indelible brands in television. I am also grateful to John Skipper and ESPN for the opportunities and support they have given me over the past eight years.”

Horowitz is another in a line of “Today” show leaders who got their start with NBC Olympics. Former EP Jim Bell, now the EP of NBC Olympics, got his start as a producer for NBC’s coverage of the 1992 Barcelona Games. Now CNN Worldwide president, one-time “Today” show EP Jeff Zucker‘s first job at NBC was as a researcher at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

Deadspin first reported back in January that NBC was talking with Horowitz about the job.

See Turness’ internal note to staff, after the jump…

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Steve Capus Named Executive Producer of ‘CBS Evening News’

CapusSteve11Former NBC News president Steve Capus is joining CBS News as the executive producer of “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and executive editor of the news division. He will begin in his new role in July.

Capus was president of NBC News for eight years, from 2005 to 2013. Before that he was executive producer of “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” and later Brian Williams from May 2001 to June 2005.  At CBS, he replaces Patrica Shevlin who is joining “60 Minutes.”

“The Evening News is an excellent broadcast, and we believe under Steve’s leadership it will get even better,” Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman said in a statement. “He is a real pro with an extraordinary record, and we are fortunate to have him joining us at CBS News.”

Capus will be the third “Evening News” EP in three years. Shevlin oversaw the show when Pelley joined as anchor in 2011. Before that, Rick Kaplan was EP of the show for four years, when it was the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.” A few years earlier, Kaplan worked for Capus at NBC News when Kaplan was president of MSNBC. And in a further show of how small the TV news world really is, Kaplan replaced Rome Hartman as EP of “Evening News.” Hartman was later hired by Capus at NBC News to launch “Rock Center.”

Capus will now be competing head-to-head against his friend and former NBC colleague Brian Williams. Capus also produced Williams’ MSNBC show in the late 1990s before moving up the ranks at NBC News.

As Executive Editor Capus joins the CBS News management team “as a resource for colleagues around the Broadcast Center and a strategist on coverage of ongoing stories,” says David Rhodes, CBS News president.

The release and Rhodes’ note are after the jump. Read more

Chris Jansing Named Senior White House Correspondent for NBC News

Jansing 304Changes are coming to NBC’s Washington Bureau.

NBC News President Deborah Turness has named Chris Jansing as the new Senior White House Correspondent and Peter Alexander as National Correspondent.

Jansing has been with NBC since joining as an MSNBC anchor in 1998. For the last several years she has split her time between anchoring a morning show on MSNBC, and reporting for “NBC Nightly News,” covering domestic news, foreign Olympics, and, most recently, the elevation to Sainthood of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

From the White House, Jansing will report primarily for “Nightly News,” providing day-to-day coverage of the Obama administration and White House politics. Alexander will continue to report on the White House as well as national affairs beyond Washington DC. Kristen Welker also continues as White House correspondent.

“Chris will bring her editorial tenacity and passion for the story to this new role,” said Turness. “Her wealth of experience and her ability to connect the political story to the American people make her a valued addition to our White House team.”

“Chris Jansing has played an invaluable role at MSNBC for the better part of the past 15 years,” writes MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a note to staff. “She’s one of the hardest working journalists in the business and has always been there for us – no matter what time of day or night, or how big the story. Our heartfelt congratulations to Chris on this exciting new role. We look forward to seeing her reporting from Washington on MSNBC. We’ll have more to say about Chris’ replacement at 10 am in the coming weeks.”

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Zoraida Sambolin Returns to Former Station

Zoraida_SambolinZoraida Sambolin, who signed off from CNN in December, is re-joining her former station, WMAQ in Chicago. Sambolin will begin at the NBC-owned station in May.

Sambolin joined CNN in 2011 as the anchor of the early morning newscast. During her time at the network, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. In announcing her CNN exit, she said “life is beckoning me back to Chicago.”

Sambolin will anchor the morning newscast at WMAQ. TVSpy has more details.

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