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Revolving Door Newsletter: 11.01.11

CNN Revamps Mornings; NBC Is Hiring

November 1, 2011
Soledad O'Brien is getting her mornings back at CNN. The lead documentary correspondent, who anchored American Morning from 2003 to 2007, will likely take over the 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. slot, while Ashleigh Banfield will co-anchor the two hours before. Zoraida Sambolin is also joining CNN. With American Morning ending its 10-year run, the fate of AM interim hosts Ali Velshi, Christine Romans and Carol Costello is up in the air, but Velshi will likely anchor a business program on CNN International...

Joe Levy is out as editor-in-chief of Maxim, replaced by Dan Bova. The decision was reportedly mutual, but it looks like Levy was pushed. Maxim's ad pages are down 8.6% on the year, and the magazine is far from the cash cow it was in the past... Debi Chirichella joins Hearst as senior vice president and chief financial officer, while Grant Whitmore steps in as vice president, digital media. The former (poached by David Carey) used to work at Conde Nast, and Whitmore had been at Hachette Filipacchi Media, which Hearst bought in May... Dave Morgan lands the editor-in-chief role at USA Today's sports media group... Country Living snags Rachel DeSchepper as Web editor. She had been in the same position at Fresh Home... Every Day with Rachael Ray takes More's publisher Christine Guilfoyle as its own...

James Rainey moves from the "On the Media" column at the Los Angeles Times to a reporting role. He'll still cover the same subjects, but in a more investigative position... Heather Haddon jumps from the New York Post to The Wall Street Journal... Pat Forde resurfaces at Yahoo. The former ESPNer was much-missed during his short silent period...

Paramount lays off 120. Andrew Cripps, the company's head of international is out, choosing not to relocate to Los Angeles. Anthony Marcoly will leave Disney to replace Cripps... NBC's O&O hires more than 130 people to beef up the newsrooms... Former Myspace Music president Courtney Holt joins Maker Studios as COO... And there are changes at Sierra Club, MGM Television and more...

November 1, 2011: Karen Fraser has been named Northwest account manager at The Week. She had been West Coast director at Worth. (mb)

November 1, 2011: Tracy Monahan has been named director of creative marketing at Departures. She had been creative services director there. (release)

November 1, 2011: Erin Brennan has been named director of integrated marketing at Departures. She had been creative development director at Vanity Fair. (release)

November 1, 2011: Gina Hamadey has been named travel editor at Food & Wine. She had been senior editor at Every Day with Rachael Ray. (release)

November 1, 2011: Kate Crane has been named copy chief at WSJ. She had been copy chief at Men's Journal. (mb)

November 1, 2011: Cathy Taylor has been named editor at Human Events. She had been opinion and commentary editor at Orange County Register. (release)

November 1, 2011: Meredith McDonough has been named reporter and weekend evening anchor at WESH-TV in Orlando. She had been reporter and weekend morning anchor at WPBF-TV in West Palm Beach, Fla. (TVSpy)

November 1, 2011: Grant Whitmore has been named VP at Hearst Digital Media. He had been chief operating officer of the US Digital Media Division at Hachette Filipacchi Media. (TheWrap)

November 1, 2011: Dan Bova has been named editor-in-chief at Maxim. He had been executive editor there. (AdWeek)

November 1, 2011: Michael Goldberg has been named CMO and senior partner at Porter Novelli. He had been EVP and CMO at Zimmerman Advertising. (PRNewser)

November 1, 2011: Victor Neufeld has been named executive producer at Fenton. He had been executive producer at 20/20. (PRNewser)

November 1, 2011: John Stephens has been named trends editor at Huffington Post. He had been editor at Patch. (FishbowlLA)

November 1, 2011: Dave Morgan has been named senior vice president of content and editor-in-chief at USA Today Sports Media Group. He had been executive editor at Yahoo! Sports. (FishbowlLA)

November 1, 2011: Dan Hirschhorn has been named reporter at Advertising Age. He had been reporter at Politico. (FishbowlDC)

October 31, 2011: Melissa Ormond has been named president at Madison Square Garden Entertainment. She had been COO there. (mb)

October 31, 2011: Rachel DeSchepper has been named Web editor at Country Living. She had been online editor at Fresh Home. (mb)

October 31, 2011: Julie Pinkwater has been named senior vice president of Client Development Group at Univision Communications. She had been vice president and publisher at Ladies' Home Journal. (release)

October 31, 2011: Melissa Sun has been named senior strategist for entertainment relations at Sierra Club. She had been vice president at Stan Rosenfield and Associates. (release)

October 31, 2011: Christine Guilfoyle has been named publisher at Every Day with Rachael Ray. She had been publisher at More. (release)

October 31, 2011: Steve Stark has been named president, television production, at MGM Television. He had been president at Steve Stark Productions. (release)

October 30, 2011: John Oldakowski has been named account director at Adeszko Media Sales, Inc. He had been account manager at Shape. (mb)

October 28, 2011: Melissa Cronin has been named deputy editor, news, at Star. She had been senior editor at In Touch Weekly. (mb)

October 28, 2011: Andres Gutierrez has been named executive beauty director at Teen Vogue. He had been beauty director there. (mb)

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