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Revolving Door Newsletter: 02.06.09

Cuts Come To News Corp. and Conde Shuffles Top Staffers

February 6, 2009
Could under-fire Details be the next Conde Nast magazine to fold? Well, it's moving into the office space vacated by recently-shuttered Domino, which can't be the best of karmic signs. Meanwhile, Page Six hears Allure might be in trouble at the House That Si Built. In other company news, The New Yorker publisher Drew Schutte jumps to senior vice president and chief revenue officer of Conde Nast Digital. He'll be replaced by Lisa Hughes, currently vice president and publisher at Conde Nast Traveler. It's an interesting move, considering The New Yorker's well-documented troubles with ad pages...

Bob Costas joins the new MLB Network as host and commentator. The network will be his exclusive home on cable, ending his relationship with HBO, though the sportscaster will remain with NBC. Costas, who's long been rumored to covet the job of baseball commissioner, could see this move as another step toward achieving that goal. HBO immediately shot back, hiring Joe Buck to host a new show... Jonathan Wald leaves CNBC: After going through "months of conversations" to try to reach an agreement, the station's SVP departed without another job lined up... Wendy Wilkinson, NBC's Washington, D.C. deputy bureau chief, steps down after 30 years in the Peacock's news department... Time Warner posted huge fourth-quarter losses, although more than half came from its struggling cable division, which will soon be spun off to company shareholders... Bloomberg eliminated 100 jobs from its radio and TV division, including anchor Mike Schneider...

News Corp., which lost $6.4 billion last quarter, will cut newspaper jobs in the U.S. and the U.K. It's started already, with 14 let go from The Wall Street Journal... The Washington Post dropped its freelance payments for staffers who do extra work such as create blogs and video content... The New York Times Co. said goodbye to almost 10 percent of its About.com staff. When even the perpetual cash cow can't make money, you know the industry's in serious trouble... Tom Kennedy leaves his position as managing editor of WashingtonPost.com... Getting let go from the Tribune Co. just got a little bit worse, as the company will lower its severance payments... The Financial Times kills its sports section... Not everyone is abandoning the newspaper business: Entrepreneur Brian Conley wants to buy the six papers in the bankrupt Creative Loafing chain for $13.3 million...

The New York Center for Independent Publishing parted ways with its executive director, Karin Taylor, a 20-year vet of the organization... Luke Dempsey is the new editorial director, nonfiction at Ballantine Books, jumping from his editor-in-chief position at Hudson Street Press... Borders.com recruits Richard Fahle as its vice president... Katie McHugh takes over as executive editor at Da Capo Press...

Chris Bangle is no longer the head of design at BMW... Nine board members left the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art... Crispin Porter + Bogusky laid off 60 staffers... Ninan Chacko replaces Charles Gregson as CEO of PRNewswire... Jossip's owner wants to unload it... Air America hired and promoted a host of sales staff... And there are changes at Nielsen, The Washington Times, Traditional Home, Karma Media, and more...

February 6, 2009: Ninan Chacko has been named chief executive officer at PRNewswire. He had been chief commercial officer at Worldspan. (PRNewser)
February 6, 2009: Amanda Carpenter has been named chief correspondent of conservative news/analysis at The Washington Times. (FBDC)
February 6, 2009: Manish Bhatia has been named president of advanced digital services at Nielsen. He had been president of global services and U.S. sales at Nielsen Online. (WebNewser)
February 5, 2009: Wendi Laski has been named director, publicity and media relations at Karma Media Labs. She had been unit publicist at Happy Madison. (mb)
February 5, 2009: Lisa Hughes has been named vice president and publisher at The New Yorker. She had been vice president and publisher at Conde Nast Traveler. (FBNY)
February 5, 2009: Drew Schutte has been named senior vice president and chief revenue officer at Conde Nast Digital. He had been vice president and publisher at The New Yorker. (FBNY)
February 5, 2009: Luke Dempsey has been named editorial director, nonfiction at Ballantine Books. He had been editor-in-chief at Hudson Street Press. (Publishers Lunch)
February 5, 2009: Cathy Christino has been named associate publisher/marketing at Traditional Home and Midwest Living. She had been associate publisher/marketing at Home. (release)
February 5, 2009: Leslie Simmons has been named national communications manager at American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. She had been film, labor, and legal reporter at The Hollywood Reporter. (release)
February 5, 2009: Terry Howard has been named account manager at Air America Media. (release)
February 5, 2009: Lory George has been named director of digital sales at Air America Media. She had been vice president of sales at National Ad Force. (release)
February 5, 2009: Scott Elberg has been named chief revenue officer at Air America Media. He had been chief operating officer there. (release)
February 5, 2009: Jennifer Goldstein has been named beauty and fashion news editor at Health. (mb)
February 5, 2009: Adrian van Hooydonk has been named head of design at BMW. (UnBeige)
February 5, 2009: Duff McKagan has been named financial columnist at Playboy. (NYP)
February 4, 2009: Frank Radice has been named president and chief marketing officer at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He had been executive vice president and general manager at The NBC Agency. (TVNewser)
February 4, 2009: Meg Doperak has been named director of integrated marketing at Time Inc. Corporate Sales and Marketing. She had been senior director of integrated sales and marketing at Rodale Inc. (mb)
February 4, 2009: Robert Julavits has been named head of media and content services at Nyhus Communications. (release)
February 4, 2009: Michelle Craig has been named director of public relations at Nyhus Communications. She had been managing director at Lewis PR, Seattle office. (release)
February 4, 2009: Megan Kahn has been named vice president of public relations at Nyhus Communications. (release)
February 4, 2009: Megan Re has been named deputy photo editor at Gourmet. She had been associate photo editor there. (mb)
February 4, 2009: Richard Fahle has been named vice president at Borders.com. (Publishers Lunch)
February 4, 2009: Katie McHugh has been named executive editor at Da Capo Press. (Publishers Lunch)
February 4, 2009: Laura Barber has been named editorial director at Portobello Books. (Publishers Lunch)
February 4, 2009: Jay Schaefer has been named editor-at-large at Workman and Algonquin Books. He had been editorial director at Chronicle Books. (Publishers Lunch)
February 4, 2009: Jennifer Mattson has been named associate agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She had been book review editor at Booklist. (Publishers Lunch)
February 4, 2009: Jennifer Rofe has been named agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Publishers Lunch)
February 4, 2009: Mary Connelly has been named account director, entertainment and spirits at Vanity Fair. She had been American fashion director at Vogue. (mb)
February 4, 2009: Bob Costas has been named host and commentator at MLB Network. He had been commentator at HBO Sports. (HuffPo)
February 3, 2009: Steve Lambert has been named editor and general manager at San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group. (FBLA)
February 3, 2009: Stewart Roberts has been named director of corporate sponsorship at WNET.org. He had been associate media director at Mullen Advertising. (mb)
February 3, 2009: Marcia Renert has been named director of corporate sponsorship at WNET.org. She had been director of marketing partnerships at Lifetime. (mb)
February 3, 2009: Rob Edney has been named director of corporate sponsorship at WNET.org. He had been vice president of ad sales at A&E. (mb)
February 3, 2009: Matthew Carnicelli has been named agent at Trident Media Group. He had been founder at Carnicelli Literary Management. (Publishers Lunch)
February 3, 2009: Les Francis has been named principal at Washington Media Group. He had been executive vice president at Goddard Claussen. (mb)
February 3, 2009: John Leary has been named executive vice president at Washington Media Group. He had been vice president at Goddard Claussen. (mb)
February 2, 2009: Mike Mills has been named editorial director at Roll Call. He had been editor at Washington Business Journal. (FBDC)


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