NBCU Announces Expansion Of NBC News Now – Deadline

NBC News Now announced fall debuts for new weeknight shows with Tom Llamas, Hallie Jackson and Joshua Johnson, as NBCU News Group adding 200 new positions to boost streaming and digital.

NBC News Now also will add original programming to its weekend lineup in the first quarter next year, and will begin international distribution later this year.

The expansion follows 70 recent hires. The majority of the 200 new positions will be dedicated to NBC News Now.

“This investment and these new hires will also help support our journalism efforts by adding significant staffing resources across our digital brands, including doubling the Today newsroom, growing NBC News’ successful breaking news and beat reporting, expanding the MSNBC digital footprint, and continuing the momentum of our commerce efforts and CNBC Pro,” Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCU News Group, said in memo to staffers.

Llamas, senior national correspondent, will anchor a primetime news program, and Jackson, senior Washington correspondent and anchor, will headline an evening show and weekly special newsmagazine series. Johnson will host an evening news analysis series.

NBCU News Group also debuted Today All Day and The Choice from MSNBC last year.

“Our core focus is to consistently innovate in how our brands deliver distinctive, high-quality journalism,” Conde said in a statement. “This substantial investment in streaming and digital allows us to meet the needs of news consumers in a rapidly-changing digital media industry.”

Source: Deadline

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