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Revolving Door Newsletter: 01.18.11

Regis Retires; The Onion Scores TV Vet

January 18, 2011
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Piers Morgan debuts in Larry King's old timeslot to decidedly mixed reviews (and that assessment might be generous). In general, the collective of media-watchers thought the host was likable but wondered why he went so soft on first guest Oprah Winfrey. The good news is that asking tougher questions is a relatively simple fix, unlike say becoming more charismatic. But will Morgan grill his guests, a task that's easier when you're not sitting across from the Queen of All Media?...

Regis Philbin plans to retire later this year. He announces the news live on Live!. Kelly Ripa offered some lovely words about the departing icon: "I think I can only speak for America and all of us here when I say it has been a pleasure and a privilege and a dream come true. And I wish I could do something to change your mind." There's no word on who will replace him, but it probably won't be Piers Morgan... The NBC-Comcast deal is almost put to bed as FCC commissioners are expected to approve the plan... Isha Sesay joins the Anderson Cooper 360 team and will continue as anchor for CNN International... Former AOL chairman Randy Falco comes to Univision as executive vice president and chief operating officer. He's tasked with overseeing the revenue-driving aspects of the company... Elsewhere at AOL, Jason Cochran steps in as executive editor of the Travel section, one of the "Towns" not affected by last week's content shake-up...

The New York Post promotes crime reporter Jamie Schram to Police bureau chief. The position has been empty since Murray Weiss left in June... Roll Call shifts some staff around, moving associate editor Paul Singer to editor of the new lobbying, ethics and investigations reporting team and giving Kate Ackley back her lobbying reporter beat...The Onion nabs Mitch Semel as general manager. He was most recently the executive producer of OWN's live morning show...

Is this more indication of the coming LinkedIn IPO? The professional Facebook recruits Sequoia Capital partner Michael Moritz for its board. He replaces Mark Kvamme... Salesforce taps Matt Miszewski as senior vice president global public sector. The Microsoft veteran will help push the government towards the cloud... In light of the news that the real Steve Jobs is taking a leave of absence from Apple related to illness, Fake Steve Jobs writes that he'll stop blogging. Classy move from Dan Lyons... Cheezburger Network raises $30 million with Foundry Group leading the way. CEO Ben Huh can buy his own cheeseburgers now... And there are more changes at Nordstrom, Meredith and more...

January 18, 2011: Karen Rariden has been named assistant news director at WBBM in Chicago. She had been executive producer at KYW in Philadelphia. (TVSpy)

January 18, 2011: Mitch Semel has been named general manager at The Onion. He had been executive producer of the live morning show at OWN. (FBNY)

January 18, 2011: Kirsten Danis has been named deputy editor on the Greater New York desk at The Wall Street Journal. She had been deputy and managing editor at the New York Daily News. (FBNY)

January 18, 2011: Alan Taylor has been named photo blogger at He had been developer and editor of The Big Picture photo blog at (release)

January 18, 2011: Kevin Sutton has been named group creative director at Moroch Partners. He had been executive creative director at Commerce House. (release)

January 18, 2011: Tamara Crabtree has been named executive director, marketing at Abingdon Press of United Methodist Publishing House. She had been vice president, sales and marketing at Filedby. (mb)

January 18, 2011: Michael Kraabel has been named creative director at Olson. He had been creative director at Schematic. (AgencySpy)

January 18, 2011: John Bennett has been named defense reporter at The Hill. He had been senior reporter at Defense News. (FBDC)

January 18, 2011: Paul Singer has been named editor of the lobbying, ethics and investigations reporting team at Roll Call. He had been associate editor there. (FBDC)

January 18, 2011: Rick Straface has been named associate publisher of special interest media and home solutions at Meredith. He had been National sales director at This Old House Venture. (FBNY)

January 18, 2011: Isha Sesay has been named news anchor at CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. She'll continue anchoring the 10am ET edition of the CNNI program International Desk. (TVNewser)

January 18, 2011: Michael Crotty has been named vice president for Nordstrom brand marketing at Nordstrom. He had been senior vice president of advertising, marketing and public relations at Neiman Marcus Group. (WWD)

January 18, 2011: Jason Cochran has been named executive editor at AOL Travel. He had been editor-at-large at (mb)

January 15, 2011: Gordon Durich has been named freelance writer at He had been freelancer at CSQ LA Uptown. (mb)

January 15, 2011: Dr. Susan Flowers has been named radio host of Your Life is Waiting at WGIV in Charlotte. She had been radio host at Manifesting Success Radio. (mb)

January 14, 2011: Lynn Teo has been named creative director and head of user experience at AKQA. She had been creative director, director of experience design at SapienNitro. (mb)

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