Pat Burkey has been moved from MSNBC’s dayside team to a new position at the cable news network, days after the exit of Izzy Povich. Burkey, who had returned to MSNBC from NBC Nightly News in September, is being moved into a “pivotal new role on MSNBC’s executive team leading Breaking News and Special Event Programming” reporting to MSNBC chief Phil Griffin, who made the announcement.
In today’s exec shuffle, Griffin said Burkey “will now focus his talents in this realm full time and continue to work closely with Brian Williams as we look ahead to conventions, debates, election night, and beyond.”
The shuffle paves the way for Jamie Kraft to join MSNBC as Senior Executive Producer of Dayside Programming, reporting to Janelle Rodriguez. Kraft has spent the last four years as EP of Nightly News‘ weekend editions. In this new role, Kraft will direct the cable news network’s on-air weekday programming and oversee dayside executive producers. Kraft will partner with dayside Managing editor Rashida Jones, who now also will oversee MSNBC’s “unilateral reporters and field producers,” Griffin said, noting the “huge strides” in dayside ratings the network has enjoyed thanks in measure to Burkey and departed Povich.
The announcement may explain why, earlier this morning, MSNBC touted its total day ratings improvements in May, though the network’s percentage gain was larger in primetime, both in total viewers and in the news demo.
Rodriguez was named just last March to take over MSNBC’s dayside programming, reporting to Griffin and NBC News president Deborah Turness, and working “closely with our dayside management team, including Izzy Povich, Pat Burkey and Rashida Jones,” Griffin said.