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Scott Matthews jumps from CNN to CNBC

Nik Deogun, who took over as CNBC SVP on the departure of Jeremy Pink earlier this month, has announced his new senior leadership team. Among them, Scott Matthews who is leaving his post at CNN Atlanta and joining CNBC as Vice President of News Specials. Matthews will oversee special programming for Business Day and manage the new investigative unit, newsroom documentaries and live specials

Matthews joined CNN in January 2008 as director of programming. Since 2009 he’s overseen CNN Productions and the investigations unit.

Other moves: Nick Dunn is upped to Managing Editor, Lacy O’Toole is named Director of News Coverage and Tyler Mathisen becomes Standards Editor.

Full memo after the jump…

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Changes at CNN: Janelle Rodriguez to Atlanta; Kathy O’Hearn to EP ‘Campbell Brown’

Continuing CNN’s recent trend of announcing moves via tweet, CNN/US President Jon Klein announces today that “Campbell Brown” EP Janelle Rodriguez becomes CNN’s new Director of Programming in Atlanta. Kathy O’Hearn takes her spot in New York.

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O’Hearn was once executive producer of ABC’s “This Week,” and left ABC News in 2009 to take over CNNI’s “Amanpour.” In an odd twist, Christiane Amanpour will be leaving that CNN program to become anchor of “This Week.” Rodriguez took over EP duties at “Campbell Brown” in May of 2009, when she moved from EP of “American Morning.”

According to Klein, Rodriguez will “arrive just in time to work with all of our show teams in launching our new set and continuing the ambitious development of our dayside and weekend programming.” She’ll continue to report to Bart Feder, SVP or Programming.

The director of programming position has been open for a bit, as Scott Matthews moved over to head up the CNN Productions and Investigations unit in November.

Klein’s note to staff after the jump.

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Major Changes at CNN. Nelson Leaving, Matthews Moving, ‘More Than a Dozen’ Jobs Created

Feder_11.4.jpgFirst on TVNewser: A shake-up announced today at CNN. Mark Nelson, who has overseen CNN Productions since 2005, is leaving the network while Atlanta-based head of live programming Scott Matthews leaves that position to head up a combined CNN Productions and Investigative unit. Matthews will remain in Atlanta, while the search is on for his replacement.

Additionally, CNN/U.S. President Jon Klein announced that Soledad O’Brien‘s “In America” franchise, which Nelson had overseen, will be expanded in 2010. The unit, will add “more than a dozen positions” writes Klein in an email to staff, obtained by TVNewser. That unit will be headed up by CNN’s SVP of current programming Bart Feder (pictured). Current CNN Productions staffers will have the first opportunity to apply for the positions.

Feder and Matthews joined CNN in January 2008.

A longtime-ABC News “Nightline” staffer, Nelson joined CNN in 2004 as the senior executive producer of “Paula Zahn Now.” In addition to his departure, Jody Gottlieb, CNN Productions’ Executive Director, is also leaving as a result of the restructuring.

CNN Shuffle: Rodriguez to 8pm, Another New “A.M” EP Needed

rodriguez_5-15.jpgFirst on TVNewser: CNN’s American Morning EP Janelle Rodriguez (pictured) is moving to prime time and will become the EP of Campbell Brown‘s 8pmET hour. Jamie Kraft, currently senior broadcast producer of “American Morning”, takes over as interim EP June 1, when Brown returns from maternity leave.

Rodriguez took over the “A.M.” job in May 2008, after Ed Litvak had left a few months earlier. With Rodriguez at the helm, American Morning has grown by 35% in the A25-54 demo.

The move means David Doss, EP of Anderson Cooper 360 who also had been overseeing Brown’s hour, goes back to just AC360, as well as heading up long-form specials including the Planet in Peril franchise. With Doss heading the 8pmET hour, Brown’s demo ratings improved by 51% (March ’08-March ’09 vs. the prior year).

Scott Matthews, brought in to oversee Roland Martin‘s fill-in hosting at 8pmET, will return to Atlanta and his role as director of programming.

CNN Atlanta Chief To Temporarily Oversee 8pm Hour

martin_4-1.jpgRoland Martin began guest hosting at 8pmET on Monday, while Campbell Brown takes maternity leave. Martin said on the air it would be for eight weeks.

As a tipster noted yesterday, there appears to be some temporary changes behind the scenes as well. A CNN spokesperson confirms this to TVNewser: “David Doss continues to be the senior executive producer for Anderson Cooper and Campbell Brown. But as you know, Campbell is on maternity leave and Scott Matthews is working with Roland Martin while he fills in for her.”

The spokesperson says Matthews will continue working with Martin on his upcoming weekend show once Brown returns.

Matthews joined CNN as director of programming in January 2008. He previously was VP of news at WNYW in New York. Matthews had been based in Atlanta, but is producing Martin’s show from New York.

THIS is CNN

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CNN.com Live‘s Melissa Long anchors the Web-only show from a studio adjacent to the CNN.com newsroom.

No trip to Atlanta would be complete without a stop at CNN. So this TVNewser, taking a couple days away from the blog, dropped in at the CNN Center for the grand tour. We were taken through the newsroom/studios for CNN en Espanol and the newsroom and control room of CNN International, where World Sport was airing.

In the CNN domestic newsroom/studio Tony Harris was in the middle of anchoring his two hour show. We spotted Richard Quest, in Atlanta anchoring segments related to the financial crisis; anchor Kyra Phillips was talking with her producers about an upcoming segment on her show; Rick Sanchez was taking a break from Twittering and grabbing some lunch before his 3pmET hour; and we met CNN’s director of programming, Scott Matthews, now 10 months into his new job.

We stopped in to the live control room and finally, down several floors to the CNN.com newsroom, which is much larger than we expected it to be. And insiders tell us they are always looking for new ways to expand so it could soon grow even larger.

Many more pictures after the jump…

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Changes to CNN Newsroom

sanchez_8-7.JPGThe Monday after the GOP convention (September 8) will bring a new daytime line-up for CNN Newsroom.

TVNewser has obtained an email from Scott Matthews to the CNN Newsroom Staff. Matthews was named director of programming in January.

Heidi Collins continues from 9-11amET, followed by Tony Harris 11am-1pmET. Kyra Phillips anchors from 1-3pmET and Rick Sanchez moves into the 3-4pmET role.

Don Lemon essentially swaps roles with Sanchez, and moves to anchor the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom.

Click continued to see the email…

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