NBC continues to staff up at the Brian Williams-led primetime newsmagazine. The latest addition is Jay Kernis, the former managing editor of CNN/U.S., who most recently served as senior producer on CNN’s “In the Arena.” Kernis will be a producer on the new program.
Kernis was a veteran of NPR, where he was senior VP of programming before leaving for CNN. He also spent 14 years as a producer at CBS News, where he produced segments for “60 Minutes,” which has long been the gold standard of primetime network newsmagazines.
In 2008 he joined CNN/U.S. as managing editor, telling TVNewser at the time that while he is a radio veteran, he is no stranger to the TV format:
“There are different ways of packaging or telling those stories. I’m a radio person, but I consider myself a visual person,” he said. “It’s what today’s media requires. The audience wants all kinds of great content, on whatever device they happen to have.”