MSNBC named Rashida Jones because the community’s president, folks aware of the matter mentioned, a significant shake-up at a information channel that has raised its profile with political protection however struggled to maintain tempo with rivals this yr.
Ms. Jones, who’s at present serving as senior vp for MSNBC Information, is succeeding longtime community president Phil Griffin, catapulting her to one of many highest echelons in tv information and making her the primary Black feminine govt to run a significant cable information community.
Ms. Jones will formally take over for Mr. Griffin in February, NBC Information Group Chairman Cesar Conde mentioned in a word to staff Monday.
The elevation of Ms. Jones, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is the primary main govt change made by Mr. Conde, who took over the NBCUniversal unit in Might. NBCUniversal is a unit of Comcast Corp.
Ms. Jones has been in NBCUniversal’s information group for seven years, serving as an govt producer and managing editor earlier than being promoted to her present place. In her most up-to-date position, she helped oversee protection of the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 presidential election.