NEW YORK – "Apprentice" runner-up Kwame Jackson (search) could be headed for a cable news gig.
Jackson met last Friday with officials at MSNBC and CNBC, spokespeople from both networks confirmed yesterday.
"He was here on Friday and we are talking to him," an MSNBC spokesman said yesterday after a story appeared on the industry Web site newsblues.com.
It's expected that, if he was hired by MSNBC and/or CNBC, Jackson would provide some sort of financial reporting, perhaps something along the lines of a personal-finance segment.
He's not expected to get his own show.
Jackson could also appear on both networks, co-owned by broadcast parent NBC, which aired "The Apprentice." (search) Many NBC reporters appear on both MSNBC and CNBC.
Jackson, a Wall Street analyst with a Harvard MBA (search), finished second in "The Apprentice" to Chicago Internet entrepreneur Bill Rancic (search) in the show's April 15 finale, which grabbed 28 million viewers. Since then, Jackson has received a job offer from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, but has yet to accept.
He was also offered a job with Kentucky Fried Chicken to shill the product for $25,000 for one week - but hasn't made any commitments.
He wouldn't be the first reality-show contestant to land a TV gig.
Charlie Maher, a runner-up to Ryan Sutter in "The Bachelorette," is now a special correspondent for "Extra" - and former "Survivor" contestant Elisabeth Hasselbeck (search) is now co-hosting ABC's "The View."