CNN senior reporter Dylan Byers is departing the network, and will join NBC News/MSNBC as a senior media reporter next month.
At NBC News/MSNBC, the Los Angeles-based Byers will be covering media, Silicon Valley and Hollywood and their broad influence, with a special focus on Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Netflix and other important and emerging players.
Byers was CNN’s senior reporter of media and politics, and more recently focused on media and tech in Silicon Valley and Hollywood through his daily newsletter, PACIFIC. He joined CNN in September 2015 a stint covering media and politics for Politico.
Byers previously covered media for TVNewser’s parent publication, Adweek.
Here’s a joint statement from NBC News president Noah Oppenheim and MSNBC president Phil Griffin:
We are pleased to announce that Dylan Byers is joining NBC News & MSNBC as Senior Media Reporter.
In this new role, Dylan will cover the meeting point of media, entertainment and technology – from his perch in Los Angeles – and bring insight and context to this transformative moment. The impact of big tech is far-reaching – changing our culture, politics, commerce and much more. Naturally, Dylan will focus on Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Netflix, but he’ll also keep a sharp eye on emerging players. His work will appear across all our television and digital platforms, including the newly redesigned Tech & Media vertical on NBCNews.com, and he will of course continue his essential newsletter.
Dylan comes to us from CNN, where he covered media and technology and authored PACIFIC, a daily newsletter about Silicon Valley and Hollywood.
He will be joining us during an exciting time for our tech and business teams, who have amassed dozens of exclusives this year and are adding to that tally every day. Recent wins include stories on whistleblowers from Facebook and Google by Jo Ling Kent, the uncovering of more than 200,000 deleted Russian troll tweets by Ben Popken, the recent exclusive reporting on the origins of “QAnon” by Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins, and Claire Atkinson’s regular scoops. The team has also secured interviews with Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and just this week, with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Please join us in welcoming Dylan to the team and wishing them continued success as this beat keeps growing.
Noah & Phil