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Revolving Door Newsletter: 10.04.11

Rock Center Angers CBS; The Times Fights Back

October 4, 2011
Brian Williams is making CBS mad. Why? Well, the NBC anchor keeps stealing talent for his new primetime news program. Rock Center With Brian Williams, helmed by former 60 Minutes EP Rome Hartman, has poached at least three associate producers from the show. And it's not about to stop soon. "CBS is not happy," one source told the Post's Claire Atkinson. "There was one person from CBS News who was offered a job and CBS kept him, but there are still some people in play." CBS News head Jeff Fager hopes to stem the tide...

Nick Bilton turns down $1.5 million from CNET. He will remain at The New York Times where he'll write a weekly column and blog occasionally. Meanwhile, The New York Times fights back in its war with the Huffington Post, grabbing William Alden for Dealbook. He had been at the website's business vertical for a year. Andrew Ross Sorkin is his new boss... The National Journal snags Kristin Roberts from Reuters where she was Washington news editor and deputy bureau chief. She will be managing editor for budget and the economy...

Michael Arrington grabs MG Siegler as a general partner for CrunchFund. The pair were last seen at TechCrunch. But you already knew that. Siegler will continue contributing as TC's Apple columnist but he will be a full-time VC at CF... Maria Eliason gets bumped up to global ad director of fashion and luxury at The Newsweek Daily Beast Co....

Cindy Galli joins ABC News' investigative team. She's been a producer on Insider Edition for the past 12 years... Elsewhere in the TV world, Clarissa Ward leaves ABC News for a gig with CBS. She'll report from Kabul, starting in December... Paulo Lemgruber departs Bookish before the launch of the site. The joint venture between Penguin, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster and AOL still has no launch date...

After six months of keeping its employees in the dark, NPR hires Gary Knell as CEO. The current president and CEO of Sesame Street plans to "depoliticize" the organization that has gone through significant upheaval during the past year... Bob Pittman will take over as CEO of Clear Channel. Mark Mays steps down but will remain chairman... And there are changes at Gilt Groupe, Inc. and more...

October 4, 2011: Diane Mallory has been named publisher at Ladies' Home Journal. She had been vice president of sales and associate publisher at Women's Health. (release)

October 4, 2011: Stephen Croncota has been named EVP and chief marketing officer at Game Show Network. He had been SVP of marketing at E! Entertainment Television. (release)

October 4, 2011: Amy Driscoll has been named business development manager at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide. She had been account supervisor at Weber Shandwick. (mb)

October 4, 2011: Suejin Yang has been named vice president at Bravo Digital Media. She had been vice president of product development at MTV. (release)

October 4, 2011: Dina Bair has been named mid-day newscast anchor at WGN-TV in Chicago. She will continue as medical reporter there. (TVSpy)

October 4, 2011: Vanessa Murdock has been named weekend morning meteorologist and weekday reporter at WCBS-TV in New York. She had been meteorologist at WTKR-TV in Norfolk, Va. (TVSpy)

October 4, 2011: Maureen Polo has been named marketing services business development director of Hearst Integrated Media and iCrossing at Hearst. She had been managing director of Meredith 360 at Meredith. (AdWeek)

October 4, 2011: Richard Dale has been named SVP, senior partner, and director of strategic account planning for North America at Fleishman-Hillard. He had been chief planning officer at Leo Burnett Group China. (PRNewser)

October 4, 2011: Linda Immediato has been named senior editor at Los Angeles. She had been editor-in-chief at Pasadena. (FishbowlLA)

October 4, 2011: Anita Maiella has been named associate publisher at Self. She had been advertising director there. (FishbowlNY)

October 4, 2011: Andrew Zimmern has been named contributing editor at Food & Wine. He will continue as the host of Bizarre Foods. (FishbowlNY)

October 4, 2011: Peggy Green has been named CMO in residence at NBC Universal. She had been vice chairman at Zenith Media. (release)

October 4, 2011: Piper Walker has been named vice president of inside sales at The Weather Channel Companies. She had been general sales manager at SuperMedia. (release)

October 3, 2011: Carly Guarino has been named production manager at Condé Nast Editorial Development Group. She had been associate production director at Time Out New York. (mb)

October 3, 2011: Pamela Auerbach has been named director of video programming and production at She had been medical coordinating producer at CBS News. (mb)

October 3, 2011: Kirk McDonald has been named president at PubMatic. He had been president of digital at Time Inc. (mb)

October 3, 2011: Bill Harrison has been named CEO at Fifteen Minutes Public Relations. He had been COO and president there. (mb)

October 3, 2011: Kristin Roberts has been named managing editor for budget and economy at National Journal. She had been Washington news editor and deputy bureau chief at Reuters. (FishbowlDC)

October 3, 2011: Abby Ziff has been named vice president at CampaignGrid. She had been Northeast director of sales at Goodway Group. (mb)

October 3, 2011: Brittany Jeffers has been named weekend sports anchor at KOTV-TV in Tulsa, Okla. She had been morning reporter at KOKI-TV in Lincoln, Neb. (TVSpy)

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