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Former CNBC VP of news dies at 84

May 27, 2009

Jack Reilly, the former vice president of news at CNBC, died Wednesday at the age of 84, reports Chris Ariens of TVNewser.

Reilly was vice president and managing editor of the business news network from 1994 to 1998. He created “Squawk Box” and “Power Lunch” for CNBC. It was Reilly who came up with the idea that CNBC should cover the market day like a sporting event, with a pre-game show, a halftime show, and a post-game wrap-up.

In 1997, he launched “Business Center” featuring Maria Bartiromo and was the show’s executive producer. But the show struggled, and Reilly retired from the network at the end of the year.

After leaving CNBC, the Emmy Award-winning Reilly went to work for JagNotes.com, helping it get a financial Webcast network called Jagfn off the ground.

A professionally trained actor who once worked with Sir Laurence Olivier, Reilly spent his early professional years touring with theater companies and acting on Broadway and television.

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