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Johnny Jumper

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

Why Does Morning Joe Defy MSNBC's Disastrous Trend?

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

Of Course MSNBC Is Boring

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

MSNBC Partners With 92Y to Celebrate ‘7 Days of Genius’

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

MSNBC Axing Farrow, Reid Doesn’t Solve Anything — Only Replacing Phil Griffin Does

2 months agoNews : Mediaite

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

Morning Joe Flops in Primetime Experiment

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 Out as ‘Now with Alex Wagner’ EP

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

Fox News’ Roger Ailes Praises Staff—Urges Them to Maintain Commitment

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 Phil Griffin Blasted in New York Post Article: ‘He’s in a Lot of Trouble’

4 months agoNews : Mediaite

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 Admits 2014 Was a “Difficult Year” for the Network

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 Getting Younger as Viewers Decline

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

2014 Ratings: MSNBC Sees Big Declines, Finishes #2 Among Total Prime Viewers

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

Fox News Channel Is Most Watched Cable News Net For 13th Straight Year

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

MSNBC President Phil Griffin Seeks Expansion Outside The Beltway

4 months agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlDC

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

MSNBC Chief Boasts of Diversity, 7 Times Larger Black Audience than Fox

4 months agoNews : Mediaite

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 Boss Looks Ahead to ’15 in Staff Memo

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

Michael Wolff: MSNBC’s Phil Griffin ‘Has Painted Himself Into a Corner’

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

MSNBC President Phil Griffin Blames Washington Dysfunction for Low Ratings

Less than two years ago, MSNBC president Phil Griffin was feeling very confident that the network was on the right track and could be a legitimate challenger to long-time cable news champ, Fox News. Today, he must feel more like the captain of the Titanic, after the network hit a seven-year low in the recently […]

Changes Coming to MSNBC

Among the parts of Bill Carter‘s dissection of MSNBC’s ratings woes of late that jumped out at us is a quote from network chief Phil Griffin: “You can look at the dysfunction in Washington, the wariness about politics, the low approval ratings. Show More Summary

MSNBC President Phil Griffin Says Network Has Had a “Tough Stretch” as Ratings Sink to 7-Year Low

MSNBC president Phil Griffin, who predicted last year that the network would beat Fox News Channel by 2014, admitted this week that the network has had a “tough stretch.” He added that despite the fact that MSNBC’s ratings have sunk to a 7-year low, he is in this for the “long term.” Griffin made his […]

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