Griffin gives MSNBC 'full-time attention'


NBC News said Wednesday that it has promoted Phil Griffin to president of MSNBC, a move designed to let him focus on the news channel full time.

Griffin, who was a senior vp at NBC News in charge of both MSNBC and "Today," will be in charge of the day-to-day operations of the news channel that has made waves on and off the air in recent months. Griffin will drop his oversight responsibilities for "Today"; an announcement about who will take over exec duties at the morning show has not been made.

"This is a recognition that MSNBC as a business has matured to the point where this kind of full-time management was essential," NBC News president Steve Capus said Wednesday. "Phil was doing a great job juggling a lot of balls, but I want him to really focus on the management of MSNBC."

Griffin will continue to report to Capus. Griffin also will be responsible for network specials; Phil Alongi, executive producer of NBC News specials, will report to him.

Griffin said that the past six months at MSNBC have seen growth in ratings and revenue.

"This is more an acknowledgment that MSNBC is a bigger and bigger part of NBC News in terms of revenue, image and the place for news," Griffin said. "It needs full-time attention." (partialdiff)