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MSNBC Promotes Two to Managing Editor, Hires EP for ‘Reid Report’

MSNBCLogo304x200As two new MSNBC hosts take to the air today, there are some changes behind the scenes too.

“Jansing & Co.” EP Rashida Jones—who joined MSNBC six months ago— and “News Nation with Tamron Hall” EP Ilyas Kirmani have both been promoted to the new positions of Managing Editor, reporting to MSNBC VP and executive editor Yvette Miley.

MSNBC tells us new EPs for the 10am (Jansing) and 11am (Hall) will be named in the coming weeks.

And TVNewser has learned MSNBC has hired Larry Epstein, the senior producer of Fox Business Networks’ “Cavuto,” as EP of “The Reid Report” with Joy Reid which debuts today at 2pmET. Epstein also previously worked as a producer for Neil Cavuto‘s Fox News show  “Your World.”

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Rashida Jones Named EP of MSNBC’s ‘Jansing & Co.’

Rashida Jones is joining MSNBC as the executive producer of “Jansing & Company,” Chris Jansing‘s 10amET show.

Jones comes from WIS, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C., where she has been the news director since 2011. She replaces Fedrico Quadrani, who left MSNBC for CNN earlier this year.

“Rashida, a highly-sought after newsroom leader, has always been someone I wanted on our team,” MSNBC VP and executive editor Yvette Miley wrote in an email to MSNBC staffers today. “She is a visionary who understands strategy and how to lead a team to accomplish a goal.”

TVSpy has more on the hire.

The P.M. Ticker: TVGuide, Stockwell, Mintz

  • CBS has acquired the 50% of TV Guide Digital it didn’t already own. TVGuide.com and TV Guide Mobile will become part of CBS Interactive. CBS and Lionsgate’s 50/50 deal for the TVGN cable network continues. TV Guide the magazine is owned by OpenGate Capital.

  • Rich Stockwell, most recently EP of “The Ed Show,” has been promoted to Senior Executive Producer reporting to MSNBC VP Yvette Miley. Stockwell has been with MSNBC since 1996.

  • Yoni Mintz, who oversees the digital media center for “Good Morning America,” has expanded his duties and will now with all of ABC News Special Events for live events and breaking news across the network.

MSNBC Assumes Control Of TheGrio

MSNBC is taking over control of TheGrio, NBC’s news site targeting African Americans. MSNBC senior VP and executive editor Yvette Miley will add executive editor of TheGrio to her title.

TheGrio co-founders David Wilson and Dan Woosley–who helped launch it in 2009 with NBC–are departing the site, though they will stay on in an advisory role. Joy-Ann Reid will stay on as managing editor. While the site will fall under MSNBC, NBC News digital will provide operational and technological support.

“Under MSNBC, theGrio will be able to further build on its existing position of strength as a community for smart and engaging dialogue, opinions and perspectives, and continue to be an incubator for great stories and ideas for the entire NBCUniversal News Group,” write MSNBC president Phil Griffin and NBC News chief digital officer Vivian Schiller in a note to staff today.

That full memo, after the jump.
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MSNBC Ups Miley and Finan To Senior VP

MSNBC has promoted two of its executives to senior VP level. Deb Finan has been named senior VP of programming, and Yvette Miley has been upped to senior VP and executive editor.

“Deb is indispensable. She’s been with MSNBC since the beginning and is a trusted advisor to me. Deb is key to getting all our programming on the air and her dedication has played a crucial role in our success,” wrote MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a memo to employees today. “Yvette has done a fantastic job leading our dayside team to unprecedented growth, including our largest daytime ratings advantage ever over CNN in October. Her editorial judgment is spot on and she’s inspired us to tell the stories no other cable news network will cover.”

Finan has been with NBC for 20 years, and first joined MSNBC in 1996 when it launched. She was most recently VP of programming and production, a title she has held since 2009. Miley has been with NBC for 21 years, and served as VP of news at NBC’s owned and operated stations before joining MSNBC as executive editor.

Griffin’s memo is after the jump.

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MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Weds

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts was married to longtime partner Patrick Abner in New York over the weekend. The ceremony and reception was held at the Gansevoort Park Avenue rooftop, with California Lt. Governor (and Current TV host) Gavin Newsom officiating.

Not surprisingly, there were a lot of boldface names in attendance. MSNBC president Phil Griffin, executive editor Yvette Miley, VP Elena Nachmanoff  and anchors Tamron Hall and Chris Jansing were there, as were CNNers Don Lemon, Sara Sidner, Holly Firfer and Asieh Namdar. Other guests included “Good Morning America”‘s Sam Champion, former talk show host Nate Berkus, reality host Carson Kressley, former MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer and Roberts’ agent, Rick Ramage.

You can check out a slideshow of photos from the wedding here.

MSNBC Toasts Chris Hayes at a Book Party for ‘Twilight of the Elites’

TVNewser stopped in to the Kimberly Hotel last night for a book party thrown by MSNBC president Phil Griffin in honor of Chris Hayes, who is the first-time author of “Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy.”

Yvette Miley and Alex Wagner were also on hand to toast the “Up” host, who told us the writing process was “like exercise — it feels painful while doing it, but there’s a sort of endorphin rush from the process of it mentally.”

“Writing the book and doing the show are my two favorite things I’ve ever done,” Hayes said.

But writing a book and hosting a live television show are extremely different, which Hayes recently learned the hard way after he was sharply criticized for saying on “Up” that he was uncomfortable calling soldiers heroes. So which medium does he prefer?

“I love them both,” Hayes said. “I wouldn’t want to give up either one. What I love about the show is those two hours require total, 1,000 percent concentration. You can’t be distracted on live TV. You have to be attentive.”

The book, which will be released on Tuesday, also required Hayes’ full attention for the better part of two years, which is how long it took him to research and write it. Despite several ideas for future books (“those I’m keeping to myself,” he joked), Hayes said that in the immediate future his plans are “doing my show and being a dad.”

“That will be what I do,” he said. “I’m sort of looking forward to that for a little bit.”

T.J. Holmes, Melissa Harris-Perry Named to ‘TheGrio’s 100′ List

TheGrio’s 100” list was unveiled on “Today” this morning. The list, organized by NBC’s TheGrio.com, honors Black History Month, which begins tomorrow, by spotlighting 100 individuals from various fields that are “the next generation of African-American history makers and industry leaders.”

There are two MSNBCers featured: Melissa Harris-Perry, who will host a weekend show on MSNBC beginning next month, Yvette Miley, the vice president and executive editor of the network. T.J. Holmes, who left CNN for BET in December, also made the list.

People on “TheGrio’s 100″ will be profiled across all NBC News platforms this month, including “Nightly News,” “Today” and all MSNBC programming.

Subrata De Named EP of ‘Andrea Mitchell Reports’

Subrata De, a senior producer on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” has been named EP of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

De (right, with Williams) has been with NBC News since 1998 and for the last several years as been Williams’ lead producer, traveling with him across the country and around the world. In a note to staff, MSNBC executive editor Yvette Miley writes, “It is truly an amazing time for MSNBC to have a tremendous journalist with such an outstanding background join our team.”

De takes over for Jennifer Suozzo who, as we reported Friday, has been named senior broadcast producer of “NBC Nightly News” weekend editions.

In her note, after the jump, Miley points out “Andrea Mitchell Reports” is MSNBC dayside’s longest running show. De starts her new role tomorrow.

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Political Analyst Alex Wagner to Host New NoonET Show on MSNBC

MSNBC political analyst Alex Wagner is getting her own show, TVNewser has learned.

At some point in the next few months, the channel will debut a new NoonET program hosted by Wagner, who was most recently with the Huffington Post, and before that worked for Politics Daily. Dana Haller, who has been working on special events for the channel, will serve as executive producer.

According to a memo sent to staff by VP and executive editor Yvette Miley obtained by TVNewser, the new program will “feature regular contributors who will explore what’s driving the day’s political stories.” It will replace MSNBC Live, which typically airs in the time period. The channel has had a number of anchors filling in during that time period in recent months, following the daily anchoring departure of Contessa Brewer.

Miley’s full memo to staff, after the jump.

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