He was already credited with turning around the #3 cable news channel, now Phil Griffin has been named President of MSNBC. He’s a 25 year veteran of NBC News and has had executive oversight of MSNBC since 2006.
"I’ve been there from the beginning, so I couldn’t be happier to get this position. It’s a really exciting time at MSNBC and everyone – on the air and behind the scenes — has pulled together to help create the success we’ve had this year. We’ve really found our voice as ‘The Place for Politics.’ I really believe this is our time," said Griffin.
Phil Alongi will remain as executive producer of NBC News Specials, reporting to Griffin. In that capacity, Alongi also oversees all of NBC News’ political coverage.
Griffin was named Senior Vice President at NBC News with oversight responsibility for "Today," in April 2005. A year later oversight for MSNBC was added to his responsibilities. Prior to that, he was vice president of primetime programming for MSNBC, and had produced programming for MSNBC since its launch in 1996.
Prior to becoming an executive producer at MSNBC, Griffin was the senior broadcast producer of NBC News’ "Nightly News with Tom Brokaw."