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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 […]

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 10.2.14

3 months agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlDC

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro. FishbowlNY NY Times to Cut 100 Newsroom Jobs TVSpy Orlando Station Admits it Was Wrong PRNewser How to Fight False Rumors Online TVNewser Phil Griffin Talks...Show More Summary

MSNBC Sinks to 7 Year Lows; Maddow, Hayes Post Worst Ever Demo

MSNBC is in trouble. Big trouble. Despite the network achieving quarterly ratings lows unseen since 2007, MSNBC President Phil Griffin is determined to double down on failure with offerings such as illegal alien-advocate Jose-Diaz Balart and leftwing Millennial bait Ronan Farrow. Show More Summary

Phil Griffin on MSNBC Daytime: ‘Tough Stretch’ but ‘In This for the Long-term’

On the same day ratings showed a 7-year low for MSNBC, TVNewser spoke to network president Phil Griffin at a luncheon for new morning anchor Jose Díaz-Balart. “I think we’ve done a lot of good stuff,” Griffin told us regarding the changes...Show More Summary

Demi Lovato, Hilary Duff, & More Take On the Ice Bucket Challenge - Watch Here!

Check out Demi Lovato rocking a bikini while accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED Robert Griffin III!!! I nominate John Taylor, Christina Perri, Madison De La Garza, Wilmer Valderrama, and Phil McIntyre,” the 21-year-old entertainer captioned along with the Facebook video. Demi isn’t the only one who is taking an ice bucket to [...]

MSNBC President Claims Cinco De Mayo Contrition Makes Him Upset Walking by Mexican Restaurants or Seeing Sombreros

Okay, I can understand that MSNBC President Phil Griffin would feel terribly embarrassed by a dopey Cinco De Mayo studio stunt in which a pale yanqui dressed in a sombrero staggered across the set while taking swigs of tequila (video after the jump). Show More Summary

MSNBC Chief Pledges Change for Latinos

Griffin Pledges That Show Hosts Will Meet With Hispanics A contrite Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, apologized again Friday for a May Cinco de Mayo skit on his network that Hispanics found offensive, and he agreed with a wide-ranging...Show More Summary

MSNBC President Phil Griffin Apologizes In Person To NAHJ For Cinco de Mayo Segment

MSNBC chief Phil Griffin spoke to a convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists to personally apologize for his network’s Cinco de Mayo segment, which he called an embarrassment to him and the network. “I apologize...Show More Summary

MSNBC Prez Apologizes for Cinco de Mayo Incident, Swipes at Media ‘Foxification’

4 months agoNews : Mediaite

MSNBC president Phil Griffin spoke at a convention today help by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, for a discussion mostly focused around diversity in the newsroom. Griffin faced questions about a lack of diversity on MSNBC.

Does a Former MSNBC EP Need Phil Griffin’s Permission to Enter 30 Rock?

Page Six reports former “Morning Joe” EP Chris Licht, who left MSNBC for CBS News three years ago, is apparently not automatically welcome within the walls of 30 Rock. The security personnel at 30 Rockefeller Plaza have a special list of former NBC employees who are barred from the building, as Chris Licht learned last week. Show More Summary

Does MSNBC Have a ‘Watch List’ for Ex-Employees Who Can’t Enter 30 Rock?

6 months agoNews : Mediaite

Former Morning Joe executive producer Chris Licht said he was barred from entering 30 Rock last week, apparently because MSNBC president Phil Griffin had created blacklist of old employees who weren't allowed in the building without Griffin's prior approval.

‘Go Learn!’: TV Boss Interrupts Broadcast to Scold Anchor, Yank Her Off the Air

8 months agoNews : Mediaite

Imagine someone like Roger Ailes or Phil Griffin getting on the phone and calling into a show on their respective networks to scold an anchor and yank her off the air. Even for America's cutthroat media environment, that would seem a little far-fetched. But that scenario was a reality in Egypt this week.

DNC rips MSNBC decision on Scarborough speech

(CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is challenging MSNBC's decision to allow one of its hosts, Joe Scarborough, speak at a New Hampshire state GOP event. In a letter to MSNBC president Phil Griffin on Thursday, the committee's communications director, Mo Elleithee, accused the liberal-leaning cable news channel of having a "pretty big double standard" […]

Report: Phil Jackson May Target Cavs Interim GM David Griffin for NY Knicks Gig

Phil Jackson may be seen as a savior for the New York Knicks, but even he knows he’ll need a lot of help if he’s to turn around the perpetually moribund franchise. The latest rumor—as yet unsubstantiated—concerns the possibility Jackson...Show More Summary

Debut Ratings For Bartiromo, Farrow, and Reid

MSNBC’s two new shows didn’t provide the spike in viewers MSNBC president Phil Griffin was hoping for. “Ronan Farrow Daily” at 1pmET drew 216,000 total viewers and 46,000 A25-54 demo viewers, shedding 7,000 total viewers and 25,000 demo viewers from lead-in “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” which had NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker filling in. Show More Summary

Ronan Farrow’s Debut Reveals Phil Griffin Doesn’t Know What He’s Doing

“Ronan has established himself as a provocative, independent journalist capable of challenging people’s assumptions and empowering audiences,” Griffin said. “His […] The post Ronan Farrow’s Debut Reveals Phil Griffin Doesn’t Know What He’s Doing appeared first on Taylor Marsh.

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