NEW YORK — Jonathan Wald, a 16-year NBC vet, will ankle his post as senior VP at CNBC in March.

The cable net’s brass emphasized that the parting was not related to NBC Universal’s cost-cutting program but rather the inability to come to terms with Wald on a new contract. His role as the cabler’s head of daytime programming will be filled.

After starting as an assistant, Wald rose through the Peacock news division to become exec producer of “Nightly News” and “Today.” He’s considered a good bet to land at a competing cable net and was considered in the past for the top job at CNBC.

After joining CNBC in 2004, he spearheaded Jim Cramer’s popular “Mad Money” show as well as daily market panel skein “Fast Money.”