MSNBC announced a big change in its executive ranks on Tuesday: Rashida Jones is taking on another role, leading MSNBC’s daytime programming while retaining her role as SVP Specials for NBC News and MSNBC.
NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack and MSNBC President Phil Griffin made the announcement in a memo to employees Wednesday.
“Rashida is well known at MSNBC in her current role, and as the former Managing Editor of dayside,” they wrote. “She now brings a whole new level of expertise from the network, in terms of breaking news — as she has done by managing special reports; by producing live events on a massive scale — as she did with our most recent political debates; and by driving major cross-network initiatives, as she did with last year’s Justice for All series.”
Dan Arnall will have oversight of the dayside shows and will report to Jones and Betsy Korona, executive director of news. Primetime executive producers will report to Griffin. Jonathan Wald now serve as senior executive producer of The 11th Hour with Brian Williams.
In June, MSNBC appointed Wald, SVP Programming and Development, and Arnall, MSNBC executive editor, to run daytime.
The latest moves, Lack and Griffin wrote, are part of a strategy to draw more greatly on NBC News for MSNBC content.
“The steps we have taken over the last few years—by infusing the great work of MSNBC with the enormous resources and journalistic heft of NBC News—have prepared us for this moment,” Lack and Griffin wrote. “And now, reporting on a crisis unlike any of us has ever seen, we are more committed than ever to the mission of breaking more news throughout the day.”
NBC News’ Rashida Jones is not to be confused with Angie Tribeca and Parks and Recreation actress.