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As the revamp at MSNBC continues, longtime producer Izzy Povich will leave the network after nearly 20 years. Povich had recently been among the team shepherding the network’s daytime shift from opinion and analysis to breaking news, a change instituted last year by NBC News chairman Andrew Lack. In March, Janelle Rodriguez, senior vp editorial at NBC News, was given oversight of MSNBC’s dayside programming, in addition to her duties at the broadcast unit.
MSNBC president Phil Griffin announced Povich’s departure Tuesday afternoon in an email to MSNBC staffers. Characterizing her as a “leader and a mentor,” Griffin noted that Povich “has MSNBC running through her veins. She’s dealt with historic news stories, historic egos, colorful personalities — and done it all with her trademark humor.”
MSNBC’s ratings have begun to improve; in April, MSNBC’s 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. block was up 135 percent in the 25-54 demographic compared to the same period last year. (Fox News and CNN saw gains of 21 percent and 16 percent, respectively, in the same time period.)
Povich’s long history at MSNBC includes stints as executive producer of primetime programs hosted by Keith Olbermann and Lawrence O’Donnell.
Read Griffin’s full email.
I’m writing today with bittersweet news. Izzy Povich has decided to leave MSNBC after 19 outstanding years (from Homepage to Countdown to the revamp of MSNBC dayside this past year).
Izzy has MSNBC running through her veins. She’s dealt with historic news stories, historic egos, colorful personalities — and done it all with her trademark humor. She’s been at the heart of so much that has happened here, and has touched virtually everyone who has come through our doors, both as a leader and a mentor. She’s a brilliant and creative producer, a skillful manager, a fearless fighter and a great friend.
Izzy now has her sights set on new horizons and new adventures. I for one hope it first includes a pit-stop on a beautiful beach, drink in hand, surrounded by Molly, Ben and Andrew.
In the coming days I’ll have more news to share about our dayside leadership team. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating Izzy and wishing her well. We will certainly raise a glass (or more) to her before we let her leave the building.
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