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Revolving Door Newsletter: 04.12.11

60 Minutes Reporter to Replace Couric; Last of the 'Newsweek Six' Departs

April 12, 2011
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Scott Pelley could end up sitting in Katie Couric's anchor chair as long as he doesn't screw up the transition. But is it a job he really wants? According to The New York Times, "some of Mr. Pelley's colleagues privately worry that the Evening News could be construed as a demotion for him." That seems like a bit of a stretch, honestly, even though there is some truth to the statement. The arrangement could come down to how much Pelley can appear on 60 Minutes, his first television love and the only job he ever really wanted. Although Dan Rather cautioned the host against spreading himself too thin, it might have to happen if CBS wants to get out of the third-place slot...

Jonathan Alter is gone from Tina Brown's plaything. The last of the "Newsweek Six" says goodbye after almost 30 years at the publication. He has been contributing to Bloomberg News and The Huffington Post. Howard Fineman (Huffington Post), Michael Isikoff (NBC News), Fareed Zakaria (Time), Jon Meacham (Random House), and Evan Thomas (Princeton) preceded him out the door... American Media Inc. poaches Ron Minutella as vice president of financial planning and analysis... The New York Times kicks up the "Nocturnalist" column to cover six to eight events twice a week. Sarah Maslin Nir will continue helming the beat while a series of stringers will join her... John Lippman leaves the Los Angeles Times entertainment staff where he had been editor of Company Town...

Free Darko, one of the smartest blogs on the planet, is no more. Bethlehem Shoals and the gang move on to bigger and, we presume, better things, but it won't ever be the same... Dan Abrams grabs Peter Lauria as consulting editor at his new Mogulite vertical. The former New York Post journo didn't last long at The Daily Beast before finding himself a persona non grata...

Frontline snags Phil Bennett as managing editor. He had been at Duke University's DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy after leaving The Washington Post in 2009... Jennifer London joins HDNet World Report as a full-time correspondent... Jan Crawford gets bumped up to political correspondent at CBS News. She joined in 2009 as chief legal correspondent before taking over the politics beat days after Jeff Greenfield left... Jeff Zucker's ultimate revenge against NBC could be bringing Couric and Matt Lauer together (or, ironically, not even so long as the Peacock has to pony up millions to keep the Today host)... Rori DuBoff leaves Ogilvy & Mather for Huge, where she'll be vice president, strategy... And there are more changes at ABC News, Glamour and more...

April 12, 2011: Ron Minutella has been named vice president of financial planning and analysis at American Media Inc. He had been VP and finance director at Hachette Filipacchi Media. (AdWeek)

April 12, 2011: Gary Belsky has been named editor-at-large at ESPN The Magazine. He had been editor-in-chief there. (SportsNewser)

April 12, 2011: Chad Millman has been named editor-in-chief at ESPN The Magazine. He had been senior deputy editor there. (SportsNewser)

April 12, 2011: Allison Braley has been named public relations director at ZocDoc. She had been director of media strategy at The OutCast Agency. (mb)

April 12, 2011: Seth Porges has been named senior editor at Maxim. He had been associate editor at Popular Mechanics. (mb)

April 12, 2011: Natalie Hope McDonald has been named editor at G Philly. She had been a freelancer. (mb)

April 12, 2011: Audrey Lincoff has been named senior vice president at Publicis Consultants USA. She had been freelance account director there. (mb)

April 12, 2011: Alex Baxter has been named chief digital officer at Competitor Group, Inc. He had been general manager of digital media at PARADE Publications. (release)

April 12, 2011: Nathan Coyle has been named general manager at AOL's Cambio.com. He had been business development agent at Creative Artists Agency. (release)

April 12, 2011: Adam Levine has been named EVP, global brand marketing director at Deutsch NY. He had been chief growth officer at Draftfcb NY. (AgencySpy)

April 12, 2011: Peter Lauria has been named consulting editor at Mogulite. He had been writer at The Daily Beast. (FBNY)

April 12, 2011: Michelle Levi has been named publicist for digital platforms at ABC News Digital. She had been media manager at Politico. (TVNewser)

April 12, 2011: John Shehata has been named executive director of search and social media at ABC News Digital. He had been director of SEO and social media at Advance Internet. (TVNewser)

April 12, 2011: Jennifer London has been named full-time correspondent at HDNet World Report. She had been a freelance contributor there. (TVNewser)

April 11, 2011: Sarah Lynch has been named director of marketing and events at Ken Fulk, Inc. She had been editor-in-chief at California Home+Design. (mb)

April 11, 2011: Lauren Iannotti has been named deputy editor, articles at Glamour. She had been articles editor at Marie Claire. (mb)

April 11, 2011: Alena Bubniak has been named senior editor at Microsoft's Bing. She had been front page editor and producer at Yahoo! (mb)

April 10, 2011: Rori DuBoff has been named VP, strategy at HUGE. She had been director, digital strategy at Ogilvy & Mather. (mb)



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