We're not really ones for CNBC. We interned there a few summers ago on the wildly successful "McEnroe Show" and caught a glimpse of Maria up close without her make-up on one time and kind of got turned off to the whole thing entirely. Later, after the trauma counseling, we tried to force ourselves into a little Mad Money every now and then, but it just didn't take. Nonetheless, some important changes are happening over in Englewood Cliffs and it would be grossly negligent on our parts if we didn't keep you in the loop. You've got to have your fingers on the pulse of this red hot network, we know, we know.
+Glen Rochkind: CANNED
+Patti Domm: New supervisor of markets and economics coverage
+Steve Lewis: Desk's chief planning officer
+Tom Busby: Principal assignment manager
+Jim Connor: "The quarterback on the Desk between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m."
We've also got the memo Senior VP Jonathan Wald sent to staffers, per changes. It's less about trust falls and hand holding and more about "I raised you to be a winner, so dammit boy, win!" The "anniversary of 9/11" is, of course, cited as an obstacle the team should pat itself on the back for successfully overcoming.
Changes on the CNBC Biz News Desk [TV Newser]
Full pump-up speech after the jump.
We announced some changes on the Desk this week and I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone involved for stepping up and taking on added responsibility. As Tyler (Mathisen) pointed out, Tom Busby will run the desk and the daily assignments, Steve Lewis will handle futures and planning, and Patti Domm will oversee our core business: the markets and what's moving them.
I also want to take a moment and thank everyone for an incredibly busy and successful summer for CNBC. The old Wall Street adage "sell in May and go away" doesn't apply here. From violence in the middle east sending oil prices to new records, to terror arrests, the anniversaries of hurricane Katrina and 9/11, and just this week to the plunge in oil prices and HP's boardroom antics -- viewers are turning to us for what it means to them.
Our ratings are proof: Even though the majority of our audience is not measured, CNBC is up 79% during business day in A25-54 this quarter compared to last year, and we are up a stunning 100% in the younger half of the demo (25-34) compared to last year. CNBC is the only cable news network up in ratings this quarter.
I appreciate all of your hard work as we keep building on this momentum.
We're only getting started.