Gary Kanofsky joined the company is September of 2014, and immediately undertook a total makeover of RFD-TV’s news and promotion – including the hiring of new on-air talent, editorial and production staff; design and deployment of a state-of-the-art set and supporting technology; creation of an entirely new graphics package; migration to live technology allowing reports from across the country, and a major upgrade to real-time market data. Gary’s achievements were so substantial and rapid that in 2015 RFD-TV received the coveted CableFax award for Best News or Series program, triumphing over competition from CNN Headline News, CNBC, Al Jazeera America and Oxygen.
Kanofsky is a 35-year veteran of the television industry, having worked for several of the largest broadcast organizations in the world. During his 21 years with NBC, Kanofsky was the Entertainment Producer at KNBC Los Angeles and Senior Producer at CNBC in Englewood Cliffs. He subsequently oversaw advanced broadcast technology development for the business network, where he pioneered multi-camera virtual real-time production and created the company’s ground-breaking HD product, CNBC HD+, the first of its kind in the country.
He then moved on to WCBS New York, where in a scant 24 months he lifted the station to the #1 slot in the highly competitive late news time period – something that hadn’t happened at Channel 2 in over 20 years.
Kanofsky relocated to London, England to oversee the daily news production at Bloomberg Television. Gary fondly recalls the highlight of his time there – traveling to Davos, Switzerland to produce live coverage from the World Economic Forum.
In May 2013, he was hired by Al Jazeera America as a senior member of the launch team for the new network. In short order, Kanofsky conceived and launched a three-hour morning news program. He personally oversaw the design of the format, graphics and production styling of the program, recruited his own staff and developed a core team of contributors. Although Al Jazeera America was short-lived, the morning news program was most especially well-received.
A native of Montreal, Canada, Kanofsky holds an undergraduate degree in Canadian Studies and Organizational Management from McGill University, and a Master of Science in Communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
Gary is an avid technology enthusiast, photographer, tennis fan, and hockey fanatic, hopelessly devoted to his hometown Montreal Canadiens. But he most especially cherishes his roles as husband to his wife of 21 years, Sabrina, and as father to his two children, Joshua and Chayna.