CNBC Hires Two News Vets To Helm Power Lunch, Kudlow Report

CNBC–being strongly challenged by Fox Business and Bloomberg–has announced key management changes for two of the network’s top shows, Power Lunch and The Kudlow Report.

In a memo to CNBC staff from Jeremy Pink, CNBC’s senior vice president of business news, Chris Sheridan was introduced as the new Executive Producer of Power Lunch and Albert Lewitinn as EP of Kudlow.

As Pink notes in his lengthy memo, Sheridan and Lewitinn are hardly news newbies–both have extensive resumes, Sheridan most recently at ESPN, where he led video operations and oversaw SportsCenter; and Lewitinn, who launched HLN’s Showbiz Tonight and CNN’s Campbell Brown.

Here’s Pink’s memo:

Dear All,

I am delighted to announce the addition of two new senior members to CNBC’s newsroom. Beginning Wednesday, Chris Sheridan is joining us as Executive Producer of Power Lunch and Albert Lewitinn is joining us to oversee The Kudlow Report.

Chris is an award-winning multi-platform journalist and media executive joining us from ESPN, where he helped oversee the migration of the network’s key television brands into the digital space. During his career at ESPN, Chris led the day-to-day video operations for the network’s five regional websites. He also supervised production of the network’s signature broadcast SportsCenter and helped develop and launch a digital and social media strategy for the program.

Before ESPN, Chris was an Executive Producer at ABC News. In his three years with the network, Chris oversaw editorial teams for both broadcast and the web. As Executive Producer of, Chris led the site to record traffic. As Executive Producer of Weekend Content, Chris became the network’s first cross-platform executive overseeing both the broadcast editions of World News Saturday/Sunday and on weekends. As Executive Producer of Morning News, Chris oversaw World News Now, America This Morning and the news inserts for Good Morning America.

Prior to ABC News, Chris worked at NBC News as a Coordinating Producer on Today, where he oversaw assignments and hard news coverage for the program. Prior to Today, Chris worked at MSNBC as a Senior Producer on The News with Brian Williams.

Albert is an Emmy Award and three-time Peabody Award winning producer and executive of non-scripted television and digital programming. He’s also a familiar name to many at CNBC as Albert served as an Executive Producer for CNBC Europe in London, where he spearheaded the network’s successful overhaul and re-launch in 2003.

Most recently, Albert has been working with a number of international broadcasters in redesigning, launching and re-launching programming.

Previously, as Senior Broadcast Producer for CNN, Albert launched Showbiz Tonight for HLN and oversaw the editorial content and production management of the primetime program Campbell Brown.

Albert also was Executive Producer of CNN New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin in 2009. He was Executive Producer in charge of breaking news coverage of the Christmas night Detroit airline terror incident and also produced on the live CNN component of the Primetime Emmy nominated Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief superstar telethon that was seen by hundreds of millions worldwide.

Prior to his work at CNN, Albert served as Executive Producer of AOL Broadcast Studios, and had been a Supervising Senior Producer for Good Morning America at ABC.

Sandy Cannold will hand over the reins of Power Lunch so he can devote more of his time to special projects. We are asking him to lead our effort to build out a more robust specials unit. This year, he served as Executive Producer of a number of top-flight documentaries including: Beyond the Barrel, Liquid Assets, Behind the Counter and Price of Admission. He also was in charge of countless hours of live event programming. Next year, we want to increase that output significantly. Sandy will continue to oversee Squawk on the Street and Street Signs.

Please join me in welcoming Chris and Albert to CNBC, and in congratulating Sandy on his new expanded role.



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