CBS News has hired Chris Licht, co-creator of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” for a newly created post as programming veep, effective June 6.
“Chris is one of the most talented producers in this business, and it is great for CBS News that he is joining us,” CBS News chairman and “60 Minutes” exec producer Jeff Fager said. “He will be a significant partner in improving our existing broadcasts and developing new ones.”
To that end, Licht will oversee programming and development for CBS News broadcasts and platforms.
“Chris is an innovator and we’re thrilled to have his talents here at CBS News,” said CBS News prexy David Rhodes. “He’ll bring a fresh perspective to the news division which will excite colleagues and audiences — just as he did in cable news and local broadcasting.”
Said Licht: “It would take something extraordinary to pull me away from the great ‘Morning Joe’ team. I’m excited about the opportunity to become a part of the rich history at CBS News.”
Previously, Licht was an exec producer on MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country.” He began his career at KNBC and made his mark on the Los Angeles channel’s O.J. Simpson trial coverage.
He has also written a book, “What I Learned When I Almost Died,” about his experiences surviving a brain hemorrhage.