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Revolving Door Newsletter: 02.08.11

AOL Buys HuffPo; Keith Olbermann Joins Current TV

February 8, 2011
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In a surprise move, AOL buys the Huffington Post for $315 million. The sale came together in less than a month. Arianna Huffington will take over as editor-in-chief across AOL's sites and nets somewhere between $18 and $100 million. HuffPo CEO Eric Hippeau steps down to join Lerer Ventures, while the company's ad sales boss Greg Coleman departs as well. There will be some firings, but AOL will be able to grow its local journalism initiatives, and the startup -- founded in 2005 for a mere $1 million -- will expand to a massive scale. You know what this isn't? AOL-Time Warner (at least hopefully not). Next Media Animation puts it all in context while Paul Carr of Techcrunch, the site AOL acquired for $25 million, jokingly approves this message. The Awl, maybe not, and Dan Lyons writes, "It's a slow-motion train wreck and will end in disaster." So, jury still out?...

Keith Olbermann moves to Current TV, a story first reported by The New York Times. The former MSNBC host will anchor a newscast five nights a week. He also gets a chief news officer title and a stake in the network founded by Al Gore. PaidContent likens the deal to the one Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications put together... While CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus leaves the news chief position, Jeff Fager gets bumped up to chairman of the news division, and David Rhodes becomes president. Andy Gray and Richard Keys land radio gigs at TalkSport just weeks after departing Sky Sports under duress...

Stephen Adler replaces David Schlesinger as editor-in-chief of Thomson Reuters. Adler, previously at BusinessWeek, had been head of editorial content for professional clients at TR since 2010, while the man whose job he takes moves to chairman of the company's China offerings... There are some changes over at Vanity Fair. Michael Hogan has been upped to executive digital editor, Christopher Tennant joins as online editor, and Michael Carl assumes the fashion market director post. W's market director Treena Lombardo replaces Carl as Allure's fashion director. And Talya Cousins departs W as senior accessories/jewelry editor for a position as director of merchandising at Open Sky...

Crain's Chicago Business names Jim Kirk chief of editorial operations... Conde Nast digital head Sarah Chubb departs after 20 years... PR people from big media continue switching jobs left and right... And there are changes at Widemeyer Communications, Harman International and more...

February 8, 2011: Rebecca Fox is resigning from her position as director of editorial development and operations at The Daily Beast. She will be a consultant for various editorial operations. (mb)

February 8, 2011: Mark Pearlstein has been named VP, business development at DoubleVerify. He had been SVP of business development and sales at Ringleader Digital. (mb)

February 8, 2011: Yoav Millet has been named chief financial officer at DoubleVerify. He had been COO and CFO at On-Net Surveillance Systems. (mb)

February 8, 2011: Matt Lewis has been named writer at The Daily Caller. He had been writer at Politics Daily. (FBDC)

February 8, 2011: Carol Lee has been named White House correspondent at The Wall Street Journal. She had been White House correspondent at Politico. (FBDC)

February 8, 2011: Javier Morgado has been named VP of business development and communications at Latina. He had been director of public relations and brand development there. (FBNY)

February 8, 2011: Wendell Potter has been named senior analyst and columnist at the Center for Public Integrity. He will remain senior fellow on health care at Center for Media and Democracy. (Webnewser)

February 8, 2011: Ariel Kaminer has been named columnist of "The Ethicist" at The New York Times Magazine. She will continue to write the "City Critic" column. (FBNY)

February 8, 2011: Talya Cousins has been named director of merchandising at Open Sky. She had been senior accessories/jewelry editor at W. (FBNY)

February 8, 2011: Treena Lombardo has been named fashion director at Allure. She had been market director at W. (FBNY)

February 8, 2011: Michael Carl has been named fashion market director at Vanity Fair. He had been fashion director at Allure. (FBNY)

February 8, 2011: Mark Elliott has been named president/director of programming at He had been morning radio host at KBBY-FM 95.1. (FBLA)

February 8, 2011: Stephen J. Adler has been named editor-in-chief and executive vice president of Reuters News at Thomson Reuters. He had been SVP and editorial director for the professional division there. (release)

February 8, 2011: Lisa Torres has been named president at ZenithOptimedia's multicultural unit. She had been EVP, group account director at MPG's diversity unit. (mb)

February 7, 2011: Daniel Greenberg has been named general manager, WNET interactive at Thirteen/WNET. He had been senior director, interactive there. (mb)

February 7, 2011: Steve McCartney has been named CTO at VisualDNA. He had been CTO at Specific Media. (mb)

February 7, 2011: Sara Kabakoff has been named senior marketing manager at Widmeyer Communications. She was marketing manager there. (release)

February 7, 2011: Amy Leahing has been named senior associate in the health and wellness practice at Widmeyer Communications. She was senior account manager there. (release)

February 7, 2011: Katie Reardon has been named assistant vice president on the PreK-12 Education team at Widmeyer Communications. She was senior associate there. (release)

February 7, 2011: Jim Luetkemeyer has been named vice president of public affairs at Widmeyer Communications. He was assistant vice president there. (release)

February 7, 2011: Kristofer Eisenla has been named vice president at Widmeyer Communications. He was assistant vice president there. (release)

February 7, 2011: Teresa Valerio Parrot has been named senior vice president at Widmeyer Communications. She was vice president there. (release)

February 7, 2011: Tiffany Warble has been named audience development manager at Interweave. She had been email marketing assistant there. (mb)

February 6, 2011: Jodie Gould has been named event coordinator at WSHU Radio. She is an author of seven books and a freelance writer at Woman's Day, Family Circle, and Elle. (mb)

February 4, 2011: Katie Rosen has been named editor at FabFitFun. She had been a freelance writer. (mb)

February 4, 2011: Aaron Simon has been named head of licensed product at Harman International. He had been head of strategic marketing & promotions at Disney Music Group. (mb)

February 4, 2011: Susanna Schrobsdorff has been named assistant managing editor at She had been editorial director, Newsweek Digital at Newsweek. (mb)

February 4, 2011: Danielle Werbick has been named online marketing director at Interweave. She had been audience development director there. (mb)

February 4, 2011: Jessica Moore has been named managing director at Harvard University's Health and Human Rights Journal. She had been editor and publisher at Teen Voices. (mb)

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