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Revolving Door Newsletter: 11.30.10

The Early Show Cleans House; Branson Takes on Murdoch

November 30, 2010
Google prepares to buy GroupOn for $6 billion. Well, $5.3 billion plus a $700 million earnout, according to Kara Swisher. That's a remarkable amount of money, but (possibly) not unreasonable. Then again, it's hard to discern if the move actually makes sense for the big Goog or if the company feels the need to do something with its $33 billion cash pile. Techcrunch weighs in with one explanation that's terrifying, accurate, or terrifyingly accurate: "I think the way Google will evolve is they will want to control everything significant on the Internet."...

Time for tablet talk: Richard Branson debuts his iPad magazine, Project, featuring Jeff Bridges on the cover. In a post introducing the publication, editor Chris Bell takes a shot at Rupert Murdoch's The Daily. "As Project went on sale, reports emerged that Rupert Murdoch will soon launch an iPad-only newspaper called The Daily, after it came to him in a dream or something. Which, like all Murdoch products, shall doubtless enrich humankind with its impartial political analysis and rolling coverage of shit exploding," he wrote. Speaking of Rupert's favorite pet project. Foster Kramer puts together a nice list of media people who may or may not join the $30 million venture...

Tina Brown makes her first hire as editor of NewsBeast. (Really? Is this what we're calling it?) Dirk Barnett joins as creative director, leaving Lucky after two days... The Atlantic recruits Garance Franke-Ruta from the Washington Post. She'll be online politics editor. Reuters Simon Denyer also joins the WaPo, leaving the newservice's staffers worried about the future... Kat Stoeffel moves from intern to online staff writer at the New York Observer... Maggie Rodriguez, Harry Smith, and David Price depart The Early Show, replaced by Erica Hill, Chris Wragge, and Marysol Castro... Dr. Laura takes her soapbox to Sirius...

Ronald Agrella rejoins the Boston Globe as editor of Boston.com. He left the paper to work as director of Web communications at his alma mater, UMass Amherst... Twitter goes Hollywood, grabbing former Creative Artists Agency agent Omid Ashtari. He's the company's "L.A. person," responsible for recruiting celebrities to use the service... Techcrunch hires Elin Blesener as community manager to handle the site's ever-increasing mass of commentors... AOL taps Mike DeLuca as head of sales for local. He joins from Yodle... Mashable hires Brandweek's Todd Wasserman as business and marketing editor and Stacy Green as director of communications... And there are changes at Orbit Books, RAPP, and more...

November 30, 2010: Jeff Glor has been named news anchor at The Early Show. He had been correspondent and anchor for the Saturday edition of The CBS Evening News. (TVNewser)

November 30, 2010: Marysol Castro has been named weather anchor at The Early Show. She had been weather anchor and feature correspondent at Good Morning America. (TVNewser)

November 30, 2010: Matthew Benjamin has been named senior editor at Touchstone Publishing. He had been senior editor at William Morrow. (Publishers Lunch)

November 30, 2010: Janet Bennett Kelly has been named fashion editor at The Washington Post Magazine. She had been online fashion editor at The Washington Post. (FishbowlDC)

November 30, 2010: Simon Denyer has been named India bureau chief at The Washington Post. He had been D.C. bureau chief at Reuters. (FishbowlDC)

November 30, 2010: Katherine Stirling has been named articles editor at Vanity Fair. She had been assistant to the editor-in-chief at Wall Street Journal. (FishbowlNY)

November 30, 2010: Mickey OConnor has been named managing editor at TVGuide.com. He had been senior editor there. (FishbowlNY)

November 30, 2010: Jessica Branch has been named senior editor at Prevention. She had been a freelance writer. (FishbowlNY)

November 30, 2010: Siobhan OConnor has been named senior editor at Prevention. She had been features editor at Good. (FishbowlNY)

November 30, 2010: Alexa Wilson has been named executive director of marketing at Veranda. She had been executive director of marketing at Marie Claire. (FishbowlNY)

November 30, 2010: Heidi Sinclair has been named president of global technology at Weber Shandwick. She had been founder at Heidi Sinclair & Co. (PRNewser)

November 30, 2010: Sarah Gormley has been named SVP of communications and marketing at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She had been VP of corporate communications at IMAX Corporation. (PRNewser)

November 30, 2010: Robert Grammatica has been named managing director at RAPP. He had been global chief client officer there. (AgencySpy)

November 30, 2010: Allison Lorentzen has been named editor at Penguin Books. She had been associate editor at HarperCollins. (GalleyCat)

November 30, 2010: Tim Carman has been named staff writer at The Washington Post. He had been food editor at Washington City Paper. (MediaJobsDaily)

November 30, 2010: Kat Stoeffel has been named online staff writer at The New York Observer. She had been an intern there. (WebNewser)

November 30, 2010: Elin Blesener has been named community manager at TechCrunch. She had been community manager at Slide. (WebNewser)

November 30, 2010: Stacy Green has been named director of communications at Mashable. She had been manager of digital partnerships and social-media marketing at The New York Times. (WebNewser)

November 30, 2010: Chris Wragge has been named co-anchor at The Early Show. He had been co-anchor for the Saturday edition there. (TVNewser)

November 30, 2010: Erica Hill has been named co-anchor at The Early Show. She had been news anchor there. (TVNewser)

November 30, 2010: James Long has been named editorial assistant at Orbit Books. He had been founder and blogger at Speculative Horizons. (Publishers Lunch)

November 30, 2010: Anne Clarke has been named UK editorial director at Orbit Books. She had been commissioning editor at Hodder & Stoughton. (Publishers Lunch)

November 29, 2010: Melissa Schorr has been named assistant editor at The Boston Globe Magazine. She had been a freelance writer. (mb)

November 29, 2010: Kate Coyne has been named assistant managing editor at People. She had been senior editor at People. (mb)

November 24, 2010: Garance Franke-Ruta has been named online politics editor at The Atlantic. She had been national web politics editor at The Washington Post. (FishbowlDC)

November 24, 2010: Dirk Barnett has been named creative director at Newsweek Daily Beast Company. He had been design director at Lucky. (FishbowlNY)

November 24, 2010: Todd Wasserman has been named business & marketing editor at Mashable. He had been editor-in-chief at Brandweek. (Mashable)

November 24, 2010: Ronald Agrella has been named editor at Boston.com. He had been director of Web communications for the president's office at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. (WebNewser)

November 24, 2010: Tony Judge has been named creative director at Life and Style. He had been art director at Zoo UK and Zoo Australia. (mb)

November 23, 2010: William Buckley has been named online director at Antenna Magazine. He had been style editor at Maxim. (mb)



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