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Pat Fili-Krushel Named Chairman of NBCUniversal News Group

Changes in the executive suite at NBCUniversal today.

Pat Fili-Krushel who joined NBC when Comcast took over, will now oversee a new unit called the NBCUniversal News group comprised of NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC, The Weather Channel and all their digital properties.

The presidents of those divisions, including NBC News president Steve Capus and CNBC president Mark Hoffman will now report to Fili-Krushel. MSNBC president Phil Griffin continues to report to Capus.

Fili-Krushel (left) joined NBCU from Time Warner where she was executive vice president of administration. At NBCUniversal she had overseen human resources, operations and business strategy but those responsibilities will be reassigned to other members of the senior executive team.

Before Time Warner, Fili-Krushel was with ABC where she ran the ABC TV network, including ABC News. This was during the same time NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke was at the company. At ABC, insiders say, Fili-Krushel was Burke’s “fixer” and he may be closer to her than any executive at NBCU.

Hoffman and Capus will continue to serve on Burke’s executive committee.

In an email to employees, obtained by TVNewser, Burke writes, “This new division is designed to enhance collaboration among our news brands,” adding, “I am confident that placing all of these assets into one group will accelerate their growth, individually and collectively.”

Burke’s note after the jump…

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CNBC, Yahoo! Partner Up On Financial News

Yahoo! has struck its second deal with a major U.S. TV news organization in less than a year. This time, the company is partnering with CNBC on a “content, programming and distribution alliance” related to business and financial news.

As with the Yahoo!/ABC News deal back in October, no money will be exchanged, but content will be. As with ABC, the two companies will develop original web series featuring CNBC talent, and will share printed financial news, information and analysis on their sites.

Why make the deal? For Yahoo! it means getting a major “in” with Wall Street insiders and wealthy traders. For CNBC, it means expanding the channel’s online reach dramatically.

“This collaboration is about two leaders in their respective spaces coming together,” said Mark Hoffman, president and CEO of CNBC in a statement. “With CNBC taking a central role on the biggest business news site in the world, we now have the ability to provide real-time news, analysis and information to a larger audience and offer unmatched advertising solutions for marketers looking for access across multiple platforms.”

Back in October Yahoo! struck a similar deal with ABC News, leading to original web shows hosted by Katie Couric and Jake Tapper, among others. Since then, ABC has boasted of record-breaking online readership, though given the voodoo required to measure multiple websites on multiple platforms, the actual benefits aren’t entirely clear.

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The Afternoon Ticker: 45 for 60, Gasparino, Ahuja

  • CBS announced its Fall primetime lineup to advertisers in New York this morning and two CBS News magazines are on it. “60 Minutes” returns for its 45th season in its comfortable Sunday night timeslot, and “48 Hours Mystery” returns to Saturday nights.
  • FBN’s Charlie Gasparino will be honored with the Yorktown Circolo da Vinci Person of the Year Award tomorrow night – at the same place where his dad was once a bartender and where Gasparino had his first job washing dishes.
  • TVNewser was at the book party last night for CNBC’s Maneet Ahuja, author of “The Alpha Masters: Unlocking the Genius of the World’s Top Hedge Funds.” CNBC president Mark Hoffman and SVP Nik Deogun chatted up guests including former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan. Ahuja is a hedge fund specialist and producer of “Squawk Box.”

CNBC Taps Bloomberg’s Krim to Oversee Digital

CNBC has tapped Kevin Krim as its new GM of digital, reporting directly to CNBC president Mark Hoffman. Krim joins CNBC from Bloomberg, where he had been global head of digital, overseeing and, among other sites.

In a note to staff, Hoffman notes that CNBC has been expanding its digital offering in recent years, adding mobile apps and new products, like the subscription CNBC Pro.

“Our digital businesses have matured to a point where we need a Digital General Manager to develop and execute a cohesive digital strategy that will take CNBC to the next level,” Hoffman wrote.

The addition of Krim will result in a management realignment. Details on that in Hoffman’s note, after the jump.

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CNBC Getting into Reality Programming, Hires Jim Ackerman as SVP

Jim Ackerman, a one-time “Dateline NBC” and “Today” show producer who’s been developing series at VH1 for the past several years, is returning to NBC as Senior Vice President of primetime alternative programming at CNBC.

This is a new role at CNBC, which appears to want to break out of the traditional long-form business programming which makes up primetime — corporate portraits, fraud and stories of business tycoons — and add what has become a staple of cable and broadcast TV: reality shows. Ackerman will report directly to CNBC president Mark Hoffman.

“Jim will be responsible for CNBC’s strategy, development and production of new formats, including reality for our networks,” writes Hoffman in a note to staff.

While at VH1 Ackerman oversaw development of shows including “Best Week Ever,” “Celebrity Fit Club,” and “Race-o-Rama.”

In his career, Ackerman has developed projects for Buena Vista, Telepictures, Fox News and HBO and was EP of Lifetime’s “The Jane Pratt Show.” In the 1990s, he worked at CBS News as senior broadcast producer of “CBS This Morning.”

Hoffman’s note after the jump…

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A Party Tonight, Before the Today Celebration

The party’s still going at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square as the “Today” show celebrates its 60th anniversary. The morning milestone began with a welcome from “Today” frontman Matt Lauer before singer Pit Bull took the stage.

Fourth hour hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford were early arrivals, with Kotb (below) front and center during Pit Bull’s set. We spotted NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” EP Jim Bell working the room, as longtime EP and, later NBCU president Jeff Zucker was deep in conversation with former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira.

“Today” senior broadcast producer Don Nash, who’s been with the show more than a third of its life — 23 years — tells TVNewser tomorrow’s anniversary program is not to be missed. All former living on air talent — save for Joe Garagiola and Gene Shalit who aren’t able to make it — will be a part of the show. And we spotted many of them at the party tonight, including Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, (above) Barbara Walters, John Palmer and Hugh Downs.

NBC spared no expense flying in correspondents from other NBC bureaus including Andrea Mitchell, Kerry Sanders, Kevin Tibbles, Janet Shamlian and Luke Russert.

Brian Williams stopped in after “Nightly News.” And we chatted with “Today” anchors Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Wolfe and Amy Robach, here with husband Andrew Shue, and said hello to Willard Scott on our way out. Other “Today” regulars celebrating  included Jill Rappaport, Martha Stewart, the Scotto family and Bobby Flay. We chatted with Andy Cohen (mostly about NeNe Leakes) who later tonight will be interviewing Rosie O’Donnell on his Bravo show, “Watch What Happens Live.”

Rounding out the crowd: Willie Geist, Jeff Rossen, Martin Bashir, Carl Quintanilla, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Tyler Mathisen, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and CNBC president Mark Hoffman and many more I may have missed. Because, as I said, the party is still going. Then, tomorrow at 7am, “Today” takes the party nationwide.

Andrea Mitchell and Jeff Zucker

Kerry Sanders and Jenna Wolfe

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia Merge to Create CNBC International

TVNewser has learned CNBC president Mark Hoffman sent out a memo this morning announcing that CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia have merged to form CNBC International.

Mick Buckley, who headed CNBC Europe, is leaving the company after eight years. Satpal Brainch, President and Managing Director, CNBC Asia Pacific, will run CNBC International.

Last month the New York Post reported CNBC Europe was prepared to make cuts after not making budget. “Wide-ranging consequences,” would result an insider told the Post.

Additionally, British newspaper The Independent reported last month that CNBC Europe allowed production company FBC to produce its “World Business” show for more than six years. That was until this summer when the paper revealed that FBC “was being paid millions of pounds a year by Malaysia to promote its national interest.”

> Update: Memo after the jump. “We will achieve better overall coordination with a single P&L focused on one set of common goals and objectives,” writes Hoffman.

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CNBC to Co-Host Economy-Focused Republican Presidential Primary Debate November 9

The Republican Presidential primary debates keep piling up. The latest one is being hosted by CNBC and the Michigan Republican Party, and will be held November 9th at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

The debate will be televised on CNBC from 8-10 PM ET, and will focus on issues that will likely resonate with CNBC viewers: the economy, taxes, jobs and the deficit.

“It is clear that, in large part, the outcome of this election will turn substantially on the state of the American economy. CNBC’s team of financial journalists are best positioned to challenge the candidates on the critical business, economic and financial issues of our time,” said CNBC president Mark Hoffman in a statement. “By partnering with the Michigan GOP and Oakland University, we have the unique opportunity to host the debate in a crucial battle ground state with an unemployment rate over ten percent, making it the perfect place for the candidates to present their plans to revive the nation.”

More information, after the jump.

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Maria Bartiromo becomes first female journalist inducted into Cable Hall of Fame

CNBC's Maria Bartiromo presented the Cable Hall of Fame award by Larry Satkowiak, CEO of The Cable Center. (Photo: Oscar Einzig)

The Cable Show, the trade show for the National Cable Television Association, is underway this week in Chicago. And last night at the gala event of the week, the Cable Hall of Fame, CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo became the first female journalist inducted into the Hall. (CNN’s Bernard Shaw and trade publisher Paul Maxwell are also members.)

We talked with the Money Honey this morning between panels she’s moderating at the trade show. She’ll also be anchoring “Closing Bell” from Wrigley Field this afternoon, because tonight the Brooklyn native and Yankees fan is throwing out the first pitch as the Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers. “I’ve been going to Central Park to practice,” Bartiromo tells TVNewser. “It’s 60 feet! I just want to get it over the plate.”

TVNewser: Congratulations. I know it’s a busy day for you. What an honor. The Hall of Fame is mostly made up of cable innovators and executives. How did a journalist get on that list?

Maria Bartiromo: Thanks Chris. They tell me I’m the first female journalist on the list and I’m in awe of that. When they asked me to join this illustrious group that includes John Malone, Ted Turner, and Jeff Bewkes, I started to think about my career. Where has the time gone? I started my career as an intern at CNN covering live events, producing under Lou Dobbs. That was 20 years ago and now it’s been 19 years at CNBC covering the financial ups and downs. I feel incredibly proud — proud to be part of this industry.

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CNBC Anchor Mark Haines Passes Away

CNBC’s Mark Haines died last night. His death was announced at 9:53amET during the show that he would normally be anchoring, “Squawk on the Street,” by anchor Carl Quintanilla who read a statement from CNBC president Mark Hoffman.

At this hour, most of CNBC’s coverage is being devoted to Haines’ death, which has come as a shock to colleagues. Haines was 65. A cause of death has not been announced.

Haines joined CNBC in 1989 and was the founding anchor of the network’s signature morning show, “Squawk Box” before moving to “Squawk on the Street.”

Haines, who had a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and was a member of the New Jersey State Bar, had been a news anchor for KYW-TV in Philadelphia, WABC-TV in New York, and WPRI-TV in Providence.

It was Haines who delivered an emotional goodbye to his longtime co-anchor Erin Burnett less than three weeks ago as Burnett departed for CNN.

> More: Burnett phoned in to CNBC’s coverage at 10:50am to share her thoughts: “One of the most important things I learned was just that generosity and graciousness he showed that first day.” And about her final day on CNBC: “It was an unforgettable moment in my life and I’m glad we had it. I’m glad we had it.”

> More: Bob Pisani reads a statement from the NYSE: “Mark was an outstanding colleague and will be missed.”

> More: FBN achor Liz Claman who co-anchored with Haines on CNBC’s “Morning Call” from 2003-2007, and who was given the nickname “La Liz” by Haines, writes, “The day I left, he called me and said, ‘I’ll miss you, kid.’ I cried that day, as I do today. I miss you too, Mark. You remain unmatched in your unfailing ability to see through the noise and nonsense so many people spew out today. You were the benchmark of honesty. Thank you for that.”

CNBC will produce a special on Mark Haines tonight at 7pmET.

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