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Revolving Door Newsletter: 10.14.11

The WSJ Europe Publisher Walks; The Times Offers Buyouts

October 14, 2011
The Wall Street Journal Europe loses publisher Andrew Langhoff over a scandal. "Because the agreement could leave the impression that news coverage can be influenced by commercial relationships, as publisher with executive oversight, I believe that my resignation is now the most honorable course," he wrote in the email. His departure is a result of the allegations that WSJE was purchasing its own papers to boost circulation. News Corp executives panicked, and Langhoff was left with only one choice. (Dow Jones disputed The Guardian's reporting, but it did not matter for the publisher.) Elsewhere in the land of Rupert, rumors are flying that Josh Bernstein may be leaving The Daily for network news. In addition to being the tablet's best investigative reporter, Bernstein is one of its staunchest advocates...

The New York Times will buy out up to 20 journalists. The reductions are the first major ones since late 2009. Jill Abramson says there will not be any layoffs in the newsroom. Open positions on the business side will also be eliminated. Analysts around the industry expect soft third quarter earnings, which presumably led to the buyouts. Nothing good comes from the phrase "in the midst of a deteriorating advertising climate."... Politico parts with Kendra Marr after her editors discovered at least seven instances of plagiarism. Insiders blame pressure and sloppiness for her mistakes, not any malicious intent...

The New Yorker takes New York's Emily Nussbaum. The Approval Matrix creator will be the magazine's TV critic. Meanwhile, Adam Moss hires Jenny Kang as fashion editor... Elle signs up Blair Schlumbom as associate publisher. She had been in the same position at Teen Vogue... Time launches a new opinion vertical for its site with former Newsweek editor-in-chief Jon Meacham at the head...

Lee Cowan is the new national correspondent at CBS News. He worked at NBC for the past four years after leaving The Eye where he started in 1996. He earned a champagne toast by coming back... It is official: Ted Koppel will be special correspondent at Rock Center With Brian Williams. (Ugh, that name!)... HBO Sports snags Ken Hershman from Showtime...

Brian Lakamp is the president of Clear Channel Digital. Previously, he served as executive vice president of digital media at the company... Twitter loses VP of engineering Mike Abbott. He'll do more investing... And there are changes at the Los Angeles Times, Interview and more...

October 14, 2011: Jenny Kang has been named fashion editor at New York. She had been senior fashion editor at (FishbowlNY)

October 14, 2011: Steven Soldinger has been named vice president and general manager at WWSB-TV in Sarasota, Fla. He had been vice president and general manager at WUPA-TV in Atlanta, WTOG-TV in Tampa, Fla. and WGNT-TV in Norfolk, Va. (TVSpy)

October 14, 2011: Ama Daetz has been named morning anchor at KTXL-TV in Sacramento, Calif. She had been anchor and reporter at KGO-TV in San Francisco. (TVSpy)

October 14, 2011: Natasha Chughtai has been named morning anchor at KWWL-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She had been anchor and reporter at KLSR-TV in Eugene, Ore. (TVSpy)

October 14, 2011: Blair Schlumbom has been named associate publisher, advertising, at Elle. She had been associate publisher, advertising, at Teen Vogue. (FishbowlNY)

October 13, 2011: Amy Stevens has been named senior vice president, marketing concerts and media integration, at Madison Square Garden Entertainment. She had been senior vice president, strategic alliances, at Fuse. (mb)

October 13, 2011: Lorraine Ali has been named pop music editor at Los Angeles Times. She had been contributing editor at Newsweek. (FishbowlLA)

October 13, 2011: Lauren Vicary has been named political editor at Bloomberg News. She had been political editor at (FishbowlDC)

October 13, 2011: Meghan Dailey has been named deputy editor at Interview. She had been executive editor at Art+Auction. (mb)

October 13, 2011: Ted Koppel has been named special correspondent at Rock Center with Brian Williams. He had been senior news analyst at National Public Radio. (TVNewser)

October 13, 2011: Shadra Bruce has been named managing editor at She had been managing editor at (mb)

October 13, 2011: Lee Cowan has been named national correspondent at CBS News. He had been correspondent at NBC News. (THR)

October 12, 2011: Diane Levinson has been named publicist at Princeton Architectural Press and Chronicle Books. She had been publicity and marketing manager at Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. (mb)

October 12, 2011: Neil Ascher has been named president, managing director, ZO Diversified Services, at ZenithOptimedia. He had been president of ZGPE there. (mb)

October 12, 2011: Sean Peters has been named SVP, director of corporate development, at ZenithOptimedia. He had been VP, director of corporate development, there. (mb)

October 12, 2011: Stephanie Sladkus has been named publisher at People StyleWatch. She had been associate publisher there. (release)

October 12, 2011: Brie Dyas has been named editor at Stylelist Home. She had been DIY editor at ShelterPop. (mb)

October 12, 2011: Jerry Walsh has been named director of local content development at Nexstar Broadcasting. He had been news director at WROC-TV in Rochester, N.Y. (TVSpy)

October 12, 2011: Kristine Kennedy has been named editorial director at She had been East Coast editor at Better Homes and Gardens. (release)

October 12, 2011: Michael Nagrant has been named dining critic at Chicago Sun Times. He had been a freelancer. (mb)

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