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Revolving Door Newsletter: 12.30.11

A Daily Without A Publisher; Yahoo News Taps The Eye

December 30, 2011
Well, that's it for another year at the Revolving Door. We saw plenty of movement, a good sign that the industry is recovering a bit. It's not the heady days of yesteryear when editors and writers were jumping from gig to gig, bouncing up the corporate ladder in search of the executive town car. But we saw a lot of movement, especially in the world of political coverage (Buzzfeed?!?). With the election ramping up, we expect to see more of the same in January and beyond. Elsewhere, we'll keep an eye on whether the impending ad slowdown (it's coming, trust us, although it won't be as bad as 2009) keeps staffers locked in their jobs. And then there's always the move to digital. How that affects the future is anyone's guess. Have a happy New Year, everyone, and we'll see you on the flip side...

AM New York is out a publisher as Paul Turcotte says he will leave December 31. The free daily is also without a top editor as Diane Goldie returned to Newsday's corporate headquarters after multiple clashes with Turcotte. You have to imagine there is more coming before it's all played out... Looks like George Stephanopoulos isn't the only one returning to This Week. The Sunday public affairs show is also getting a new executive producer in former World News EP Jon Banner. Banner led the Week for a year back in 2002... Yahoo News taps Steve Chaggaris from CBS News as executive producer, elections. He'll report to Washington bureau chief David Chalian. Prepare to be completely overwhelmed with political coverage in the coming year. And you thought 2008 was bad... Street Chopper editor Jeff G. Holt will also serve as EIC at Baggers... Blip TV raises $6 million but loses co-founders Dina Kaplan and Mike Hudack. Steve Brookstein is the acting CEO... And there are changes at GQ, Los Angeles Times and more...

December 30, 2011: Jon Banner has been named executive producer at This Week. He had been senior executive producer for division wide initiatives at ABC News. (TVNewser)

December 30, 2011: Lois Barrett has been named associate research editor at Parenting. She had been freelance researcher at Life & Style. (mb)

December 30, 2011: Marin Kogan has been named contributor at GQ. She had been reporter at Politico. (FishbowlDC)

December 30, 2011: Robert Schlesinger has been named managing editor, opinion, at U.S. News & World Report. He had been opinion editor there. (FishbowlDC)

December 30, 2011: David Horsey has been named editorial cartoonist and political commentator at Los Angeles Times. He had been editorial cartoonist and columnist at Seattle Post-Intelligencer. (FishbowlLA)

December 30, 2011: Gary Mutchler has been named local sales manager at KHBS-KHOG-TV in Fayetteville, Ark. He had been general sales manager at KGWN-TV in Cheyenne, Wyo. (TVSpy)

December 30, 2011: Jackie Bruno has been named weekend anchor at New England Cable News. She had been reporter and anchor at WWLP-TV in Springfield, Mass. (TVSpy)

December 30, 2011: Greg Todd has been named news director at WSIU-TV in Carbondale, Ill. He had been Web and social media manager, managing editor, at XETV-TV in San Diego, Calif. (TVSpy)

December 30, 2011: Todd Hicks has been named general assignment reporter at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, Wis. He had been reporter and weekend anchor at WGBA-TV in Green Bay, Wis. (TVSpy)

December 30, 2011: Ilana Gold has been named reporter at WVIT-TV in Hartford, Conn. She had been reporter at KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, N.M. (TVSpy)

December 30, 2011: Mike Cameron has been named meteorologist at WFSB-TV in Hartford, Conn. He had been meteorologist at WNEM-TV in Saginaw, Mich. (TVSpy)

December 30, 2011: Cassandra Duvall has been named video journalist at WGBA-TV in Green Bay, Wis. She had been all-platform journalist at KRNV-TV in Reno, Nev. (TVSpy)

December 30, 2011: Dave Roberts has been named evening co-anchor at KOLN-KGIN-TV in Lincoln, Neb. He had been co-executive producer and weekend anchor at KMTV-TV in Omaha, Neb. (TVSpy)

December 30, 2011: Celina Avila has been named morning and evening anchor at KESQ-TV in Palm Springs, Calif. She had been anchor and reporter at KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas. (TVSpy)

December 29, 2011: Joe Halderman has been named producer at Investigation Discovery. He had been producer at 48 Hours. (TVNewser)

December 29, 2011: Jeff G. Holt has been named editor-in-chief at Street Chopper and Baggers. He had been editor at Street Chopper. (release)

December 29, 2011: Joanna Breen has been named VP, video and TV programming, at Everyday Health Inc. She had been co-founder and EVP at TouchStorm. (mb)

December 28, 2011: T.S. Ferguson has been named associate editor at Harlequin. He had been eBooks quality assurance editor at Random House. (mb)

December 28, 2011: Steve Chaggaris has been named executive producer, elections, at Yahoo! News. He had been political director at CBS News. (TVNewser)

December 27, 2011: Jessica Cepek has been named audience development manager at Outside. She had been marketing manager at SoHo Publishing. (mb)

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