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Phil Griffin Bio, Wife, Age, Net Worth, Cnn, Msnbc and The Today Show

Phil Griffin (Full name – Philip T. Griffin) is a television executive who was born on November 27, 1956, USA. He became the president of MSNBC, a United States cable news channel, in 2008. Griffin came from a family that was Democrat and politically-minded. His mother took him to rallies for the hungry as a child, and his brother was a conscientious objector.

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Phil Griffin Biography

Phil Griffin (Full name – Philip T. Griffin) is a television executive who was born on November 27, 1956, USA. He became the president of MSNBC, a United States cable news channel, in 2008. Griffin came from a family that was Democrat and politically-minded. His mother took him to rallies for the hungry as a child, and his brother was a conscientious objector.

Phil Griffin Wife

Griffin married his wife Kory Kim Apton in 1997. Their union took place in a civil ceremony in New York. They have two children, daughter Riley, and son Jackson Griffin.

Phil Griffin Age

Griffin was born on November 27, 1956, to his father, who was an executive at Macy’s, as the youngest of his four children. He grew up in Chappaqua, New York. Griffin is 63 years old in 2019.

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Griffin moved to Atlanta to take a minimum wage job at the budding CNN soon after his graduation. When CNN aired for the first time, on June 1, 1980, Griffin was working a camera.

While working at CNN, Griffin befriended future MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, who worked there as a sportscaster. After working at CNN for several years primarily as a writer-producer-editor in their sports department, he began work at NBC in 1983, working as a relief producer for vacationing producers at The Today Show. Griffin convinced The Today Show’s executive producer to hire him on staff six months later.

Phil Griffin The Today Show

In 1983, Griffin began work at NBC as a relief producer for vacationing producers at The Today Show. He was hired as a member of staff six months later after convincing The Today Show’s executive producer.

He became a producer at USA Today: The Television Show, in 1987. Griffin returned to The Today Show after the former show was canceled. At NBC, Griffin had several jobs, including as a senior broadcast producer for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. He led the NBC News coverage of the O. J. Simpson trial.

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Griffin joined MSNBC from its start in 1996. He has been the executive producer for shows such as Hardball with Chris Matthews and MSNBC’s The Big Show with Keith Olbermann. Griffin was the head of prime-time programming for the network. He approved the launch of many shows, including The Rachel Maddow Show and Morning Joe. He was also the one who hired Lawrence O’Donnell, Ed Schultz, and Chris Hayes.

NBC CEO Jeff Zucker appointed Griffin senior vice president of NBC News in 2005, and in 2008, president of MSNBC.

Is Phil Griffin A Democrat?

Phil Griffin said he wanted MSNBC to be more of a lifestyle brand than a political hub in 2013. In 2014, he said that the network would take steps to widen its demographic to include a more ethnically diverse audience, to increase its coverage outside of the Washington, D.C. beltway and to appeal to younger viewers, including online initiatives. Griffin has asserted that MSNBC is an independent voice that does not favor Democrats. He has rejected claims that partisanship is equivalent to MSNBC and Fox News.

After MSNBC started covering more hard news during the day in 2016, Griffin likened its evening shows to an op-ed page in a newspaper. In 2016, The network had its highest-ever ratings and in the first quarter of 2017 averaged 1.46 million views in prime time, beating CNN. Griffin said that he thought the surge in the audience was attributable to scoops and new information, rather than partisan leanings.

Phil Griffin Net Worth | Salary | Contract

Griffin signed a multi-year renewal contract in May 2017, to remain as president of MSNBC in the midst of a ratings surge during and following the 2016 presidential election. Although the contract guaranteed Griffin millions of dollars in salary and other emoluments, its terms were not made public. As such, his net worth is difficult to establish as very little information is in the public domain. However, we shall update once it is available.

In June 2017, he said that the network was making an effort to include diverse political voices. Earlier in the year, Griffin signed former George W. Bush communications director Nicolle Wallace to host an afternoon program for the network.