When asked about MSNBC's low ratings two years ago, Phil Griffin, the network's president, said they weren't even trying to compete with CNN's breaking news coverage because "We’re not the place for that." But earlier this year, MSNBC decided that it probably should be the place for breaking news, not... More »
Late last year, as MSNBC bled primetime viewers, network chief Phil Griffin openly sought to "broaden" the channel's coverage, away from progressive commentary-heavy talk shows and back to human interest stories and hard news. Since then, multiple shows have been cancelled and jobs have been called into question.
In honor of Earth Day and tonight’s premiere of Just Eat It, MSNBC president Phil Griffin has started his very own Instagram account. Griffin launched the account with a video encouraging people to join MSNBC in taking the #NoFoodWasted challenge. Show More Summary
This ten minute Canadian epic is awesome. Johnny Jumper features Phil McKnight - Scott Varney - Corey Lof - Chris Wardle - Rob Mentov - Tom Berry - Erik Tarlowski - Sam Beaulieu - Tyler Pearson-Mallin - Griffin Kirby - Nolan Waller -...Show More Summary
Per Charlie’s excellent take on MSNBC’s decline, there’s a sweet ha-ha about Phil Griffin’s lefty business model. Despite all the mandated ideology over at Rockefeller Center, the fact is is that Morning Joe – hosted by a conservative (go ahead, scream) – is arguably the cable channel’s most-important show, on all fronts. Show More Summary
The troubles continue at MSNBC. Per Dylan Byers at Politico: In a memo to staff in December, MSNBC President Phil Griffin conceded that the network is suffering: “It’s no secret that 2014 was a difficult year for the entire cable news industry and especially for MSNBC,” he wrote. Show More Summary
In December, MSNBC President Phil Griffin signaled that the network would be expanding its programming beyond DC and Beltway politics. To kick this off, two weeks ago, ahead of ‘7 Days of Genius: Venture into the Extraordinary Festival’...Show More Summary
And when the losses mounted and morale continued to tumble, the guy in charge fired the punter and field goal kicker. The NFL season may be over, but the analogies never go out of style...particularly as they apply to the Washington Redskins of cable news in the form of MSNBC. Show More Summary
MSNBC president Phil Griffin apparently thought that taking the flagging Morning Joe program and plopping it into the prime time schedule was going to help solve the network’s ratings woes, but instead it turned into a ratings disaster for the liberal cable news network. Last Friday, MSNBC aired a two-hour version of Morning Joe at […]
Dana Haller, who worked her way up from executive assistant to MSNBC president Phil Griffin to executive producer, is taking on a new role at the network. An MSNBC source reveals exclusively to TVNewser that Haller has been moved off “NOW with Alex Wagner” to the newly-created role of Senior EP of Strategic Content. Show More Summary
Following on the heels of upbeat year-end messages from MSNBC president Phil Griffin and CNN president Jeff Zucker, Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes emailed his staff a similarly upbeat message this week, thanking them for their hard work, and reminding them that just because they are the runaway number one cable news network, […]
MSNBC's President Phil Griffin had to achieve the seemingly impossible this week: make the network's end of year ratings seem well, not quite so bad.
MSNBC president Phil Griffin, who The New York Times’ David Carr identified as being on the hot seat in 2015, sent his annual year-end memo to staffers this week, calling 2014 a “difficult year for the entire cable news industry and especially for MSNBC.” While admitting that MSNBC has faced some tough challenges this year, […]
MSNBC president Phil Griffin, whose cable news network lost primetime viewers this season, told staffers he would turn things around by continuing a push for younger viewers in 2015. "It's no secret that 2014 was a difficult year for the entire cable news industry and especially for MSNBC," Griffin wrote in a memo sent Monday. Show More Summary
MSNBC president Phil Griffin, in a letter to the network’s staff, conceded 2014 was a rough year, for cable news in general, and “especially for MSNBC.” MSNBC held on to second place over CNN among total viewers in prime, but lost in...Show More Summary
MSNBC played a deft round of Hide the Weenie the day before 2014 cable news ratings came out, when it leaked to the LA Times a memo from its president Phil Griffin to staff, in which he navel lint gazed about how "technology is continuing...Show More Summary
According to the LA Times, MSNBC president Phil Griffin voiced his desire to expand the channel’s programming and news coverage beyond Washington. In an end of the year internal staff memo, Griffin admits 2014 was a difficult year for...Show More Summary
In a memo to staff this week, MSNBC chief Phil Griffin conceded the ratings challenges ahead but boasted of the network's progress in developing a diverse audience that has a larger black audience than its two rivals.
MSNBC president Phil Griffin sent his annual year-end memo to staffers this morning, calling 2014 “difficult year for the entire cable news industry and especially for MSNBC.” Griffin goes on to discuss how technology is continuing to force changes across the media landscape and challenges his staff to evolve with it. Show More Summary
In a column in USA Today, Michael Wolff has described MSNBC boss Phil Griffin as, a man without a clear strategy at a failing network. Describing MSNBC as dated and difficult to watch, Wolff wonders if Griffin can survive. “MSNBC now...Show More Summary