Craig Bengtson Named VP of Business News Programming for CNBC

By A.J. Katz 

A longtime sports newser is now a business newser.

TVNewser has learned that ESPN vp and director of news Craig Bengtson is departing the network to become vp of business news programming at CNBC.

The longtime ESPN exec was most recently responsible for oversight of the network’s news, assignment and planning desks; domestic bureaus, and also oversaw E:60 and Outside the Lines.


Bengtson is no stranger to the television news industry, though this will be his first stop at a business news network.

Before arriving at ESPN in 2006, Bengtson had a 9-year run at ABC News. He was an ep for World News Tonight, Saturday/Sunday, and before that, a senior producer responsible for domestic news coverage on World News Tonight when it was anchored by the late Peter Jennings.

Bengtson has won multiple Emmys, as well as a Peabody Award for his work at ABC News on the network’s coverage of Sept. 11.

Other stops include CBS News, where he served as a producer on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.