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Revolving Door Newsletter: 11.02.10

American Media To File for Ch. 11; Citysearch Shuts Down Editorial Ops

November 2, 2010
Piers Morgan's new show has an executive producer: Jonathan Wald will fill the role when the show replaces Larry King Live in January 2011. Most recently, he's served as an advisor to AOL on cross-platform programming, but cut his teeth at 30 Rock where he was executive producer of Today and Nightly News before serving as senior vice president of CNBC. The EP understands the task ahead of him: defeat Fox News in the 9 p.m. time slot. Good luck, Mr. Wald...

American Media is running out of money. The publisher of National Enquirer plans to restructure its debt by filing for Chapter 11 within the next two weeks. The company's head David Pecker tried desperately to secure a deal, but creditors didn't approve of his plans... Former Washington Times senior White House correspondent Joseph Curl surfaces as editor of Drudge Report... Three longtime associates of persona non grata Randy Michaels resign from Tribune Co.: Tribune interactive president Marc Chase, SVP and chief operating officer Jeff Kapugi, and EVP Carolyn Gilbert... Rodale folds Mountain Bike into Bicycling. The book had been published as a bimonthly supplement to the magazine it's now a part of. Editor Lou Mazzante will handle mountain bike content for Bicycling... Michalene Busico moves to deputy editor at Robb Report...

Leo Wolinsky is out as editor of Daily Variety after less than a year in the top spot. The print publication simply cannot compete in the days of the Internet... The Globe and Mail recruits Craig Saila as its director of digital media. He moves over from Audrey Thompson joins Federated Media as project manager. She had been project manager at AKQA...

Despite the recent success of his company, Christopher Slowe leaves Reddit for Hipmunk. He'll rejoin Reddit co-founder Steve Hufftman at the "highly touted Y-Combinator startup." The surprising move, which comes at a time when Reddit has enjoyed record traffic while competitor Digg flounders, is another sign that the relationship between Reddit and Condé Nast isn't as rosy as they would have you believe. The general perception is that the publishing giant won't provide the startup with the resources it needs... Citysearch shuts down existing editorial operations across the country. According to an internal memo, parent company CityGrid Media "will be evolving Citysearch in-market editorial operations to a local freelance network model."...

Greg Anthony joins the merry cast of characters on NBA Gametime. He'll continue as a college basketball analyst at CBS... Icaro Doria departs Goodby Silverstein & Partners... And there are changes at Seven Footer Press, Motor Trend Radio, and more...

November 2, 2010: Glen Tomaszewski has been named vice president, chief accounting officer and controller at Borders. He had been interim chief financial officer there. (Publishers Lunch)

November 2, 2010: Rachel Syme has been named books editor at NPR. She had been culture editor at The Daily Beast. (Publishers Lunch)

November 2, 2010: Katherine Harrison has been named assistant editor at Knopf Children's. She had been editorial assistant there. (Publishers Lunch)

November 2, 2010: Erin Clark has been named executive editor at Knopf Children's. She had been editor there. (Publishers Lunch)

November 2, 2010: Nancy Siscoe has been named senior executive editor at Knopf Children's. She had been executive editor and associate publishing director there. (Publishers Lunch)

November 2, 2010: Alexis Washam has been named senior editor at Crown Trade Paperbacks. She had been editor at Penguin. (Publishers Lunch)

November 1, 2010: Craig Saila has been named director of digital media at The Globe and Mail. He had been foundry director at (mb)

November 1, 2010: Susan Kaplow has been named executive editor, syndication and Web development, at Condé Nast. She had been director of syndication and Web development there. (mb)

November 1, 2010: Jack Goldenberg has been named senior vice president and chief technology officer at Meredith Corporation. He had been chief technology officer, Enterprise Media Group, at Dow Jones and Company. (release)

November 1, 2010: Robert Kempe has been named associate publisher at Seven Footer Press. He had been director of sales and marketing there. (Publishers Lunch)

November 1, 2010: Tom Hall has been named group business development manager at Pearson. He had been head of digital content licensing at DK. (mb)

November 1, 2010: Alan Taylor has been named host at Motor Trend Radio. (release)

November 1, 2010: Jonathan Wald has been named executive producer at Piers Morgan Tonight. He had been former senior vice president at CNBC. (TVNewser)

November 1, 2010: Pete Snyder has been named president, Emerging Markets Group, at Meredith Corporation. He remains CEO of New Media Strategies there. (release)

October 29, 2010: Renee DeGross Valdes has been named local editor, Decatur, Ga., at She had been PR specialist/writer at Georgia State University. (mb)

October 29, 2010: Audrey Thompson has been named project manager at Federated Media. She had been project manager at AKQA. (mb)

October 29, 2010: Krista Thomas has been named vice president of marketing at She had been vice president of marketing and communications, OpenCalais Initiative, at Thomson Reuters. (mb)

October 29, 2010: Michalene Busico has been named deputy editor at Robb Report. She had been executive editor at Entrepreneur. (release)

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