A veteran of 19 years at MSNBC is leaving the cable news channel after playing a big role behind the cameras. Variety reports that executive and producer Izzy Povich is headed out.
Povich has been VP of talent and development since 2013.
“Povich, a former senior producer on both Lawrence O’Donnell’s prime-time program as well as Keith Olbermann’s now-defunct ‘Countdown,’ had been assigned to help change MSNBC’s daytime lineup and help it focus more on breaking news,” Variety reports. “In March, Janelle Rodriguez, an NBC News senior vice president who once held a senior role at CNN, was given an assignment that focused on coordinating resources between NBC News and MSNBC, which are sharing more resources during daytime hours.”
In a memo sent to staffers today, MSNBC President Phil Griffin said: “Izzy has MSNBC running through her veins. She’s dealt with historic news stories, historic egos, colorful personalities — and done it all with her trademark humor. She’s been at the heart of so much that has happened here, and has touched virtually everyone who has come through our doors, both as a leader and a mentor. She’s a brilliant and creative producer, a skillful manager, a fearless fighter and a great friend.”