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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.

Jim McGlinchy Serving as Interim Executive Producer of ‘CBS Evening News’

CBS JimLongtime CBS producer Jim McGlinchy is serving as interim executive producer of “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” TVNewser has learned.

The move follows the departure last week of executive producer Pat Shevlin who leaves “Evening News” for “60 Minutes.”

McGlinchy, who has been with CBS News for 41 years, has been senior broadcast producer for the show. He’s worked on the evening news broadcast for two separate stints; the first from 1993-2007, and then again starting in 2012. He started at CBS in 1973 as a desk assistant.

It isn’t clear whether McGlinchy is being considered for the permanent EP job, or when a permanent replacement will be named.

Michael Strahan Joins ‘Good Morning America’

Michael Strahan is joining “Good Morning America” as a contributor. Just like in his NFL days, Strahan emerged from a GMA tunnel, giving high fives from fans, ending at the anchor desk, where Robin Roberts announced Strahan would join the show “a couple days a week.” He’ll mostly appear in the 7am hour, so he can get back uptown to his other day job, co-hosting “Live” which airs at 9am. Just so he wouldn’t miss a hit, George Stephanopoulos gave Strahan an alarm clock. “It’s a pleasure to get up early, because you guys have been so good to us, and Kelly and I appreciate it. It’s family,” Strahan said.

Strahan’s role wasn’t defined beyond that he’ll be weighing in on certain stories. “I watch every mooring and I sit there going, ‘that’s a good point.’ Now instead of talking to the TV, I can talk with you.” The addition of Strahan comes a few days after the show added ESPN host Tony Reali to the show’s “Social Square.” WATCH:


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Michael Isikoff Out at NBC News

IsikoffFirst on TVNewser: This is Michael Isikoff‘s last day at NBC News, TVNewser has learned.

Isikoff joined NBC News in 2010 as a Washington, DC-based investigative correspondent, after 16 years with Newsweek.  The news comes three months after fellow NBC News investigative reporter Lisa Myers left the network, and just two weeks after NBC hired Cynthia McFadden away from ABC, naming her senior legal and investigative correspondent.

“Michael has done terrific work for NBC News on stories ranging from revealing which government official leaked the US Stuxnet virus attack on Iran’s nuclear program to a groundbreaking examination of the Obama Administration drone strike program,” Richard Esposito, senior EP for NBC News’ Investigative Unit, tells TVNewser. “We’re grateful for all he’s done and wish him the very best.”

Zain Verjee Leaving CNN

zain verjeeAfter 14 years at CNN, Zain Verjee is leaving the network to start her own production company. Verjee anchors “World One” on CNN International.

“It’s been 14 years of friendship, growth, excitement and the greatest privilege anyone could ask for. From Nairobi to Atlanta, to Washington and New York to London and every major capital around the world in between,” Verjee wrote in a note sent to CNN staff this morning. “The assignments have been incredible.  I would like to thank each and every one of you for making it so special and so genuine for me.”

Verjee says she will be “creating and writing which I find personally fulfilling.” Read her full note after the jump. Read more

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