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Revolving Door Newsletter: 01.17.12

TechCrunch 2.0; AP Branches Out To Korea

January 17, 2012
Sarah Lacy starts her new venture, the strangely named PandoDaily. (Something about this cool colony of trees and how it mirrors the tech landscape?) The goal is some cross of aggregator (think Business Insider) and newsbreaker (think TechCrunch in its heyday). Basically, PD will try to be all things to everyone in the Valley, the Alley and the rest of techdom. If anyone can pull this off, it's Lacy and her crew. She hired three staffers -- one, Trevor Gilbert, who she announced -- and will get contributions from Michael Arrington, MG Siegler, Paul Carr and Farhad Manjoo. As the New York Post gleefully reports, Arrington's CrunchFund -- partially funded by AOL -- is an investor. She also has a roster of additional investors that reads like a who's who of the tech industry, which caused Gawker to call PandoDaily a "mouthpiece" for that world. Lacy hit back, basically saying "aren't we all?" Discussion to be continued, but best of luck to everyone involved...

The Associated Press launches a full bureau in North Korea. Reporter Pak Won Il and photographer Kim Kwang Hyon will handle the reporting duties, with oversight from Korea bureau chief Jean H. Lee and chief Asia photographer David Guttenfelder... Bloomberg View adds five journalists, including NYT Week in Review editor Katy Roberts and Slate political editor Michael Newman, to its editorial board (although how long will those high salaries last if Bloomberg continues to lose terminal subscribers?)... Barb Burg is the new VP of global communications at Reuters. She had been head of publicity and PR at Random House...

Jennifer Suozzo joins NBC Nightly News as senior broadcast producer of the weekend shows. Subrata De replaces Suozzo, moving over from her senior producer role on NBC Nightly News... Rick DiBella moves up to executive producer of CNN's Sunday shows. He had been a senior broadcast producer there... Melissa Harris-Perry lands a show at MSNBC with Jamil Smith attached as producer... Atlantic Media promotes Scott Havens to SVP of finance and digital operations. He had been in charge of only the company's digital efforts. His elevation reaffirms the company's commitment to the Internet... And there are changes at Los Angeles Times, ABC News and more...

January 17, 2012: Catherine Sharick has been named managing editor at She had been executive director there. (FishbowlNY)

January 17, 2012: Mike Dreaden has been named news director at WSB-TV in Atlanta. He had been managing editor there. (TVSpy)

January 17, 2012: Marian Pittman has been named station manager at WSB-TV in Atlanta. She had been news director there. (TVSpy)

January 17, 2012: Katy Thomas has been named account executive at Mile 9 Agency. She had been marketing associate at KSL Media. (mb)

January 17, 2012: Jim Rothschild has been named station manager at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C. He had been director of station operations there. (TVSpy)

January 17, 2012: Simon Calvert has been named head of worldwide strategic planning at Digitas. He had been global chief planning officer at Draftfcb. (AgencySpy)

January 17, 2012: Ed Cafasso has been named senior vice president at Solomon McCown. He had been SVP and director of corporate communications at Sovereign Bank-Santander. (PRNewser)

January 17, 2012: Bill Colletti has been named EVP and Los Angeles general manager at Hill + Knowlton Strategies. He had been senior strategist at Public Strategies Inc. (PRNewser)

January 17, 2012: Julie Roehm has been named SVP of marketing at SAP. She had been SVP of communications at Walmart. (PRNewser)

January 17, 2012: Josh Welsh has been named co-president at Film Independent. He had been director of artist development there. (FishbowlLA)

January 17, 2012: Emily Alpert has been named WorldNow blogger at Los Angeles Times. She had been reporter at Voice of San Diego. (FishbowlLA)

January 17, 2012: Paul Bedard has been named columnist at Washington Examiner. He had been reporter at U.S. News & World Report. (FishbowlDC)

January 17, 2012: Subrata De has been named executive producer at Andrea Mitchell Reports. She had been senior producer at NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. (TVNewser)

January 17, 2012: Kirit Radia has been named digital correspondent, Moscow, at ABC News. He had been contributor there. (TVNewser)

January 17, 2012: Muhammad Lila has been named digital correspondent, South Asia, at ABC News. He had been anchor and reporter at CBC News. (TVNewser)

January 17, 2012: Gloria Riviera has been named digital correspondent, Beijing, at ABC News. She had been London-based correspondent there. (TVNewser)

January 17, 2012: Mark Greenblatt has been named New York-based correspondent at ABC News. He had been investigative reporter at KHOU-TV in Houston. (TVNewser)

January 17, 2012: Scott Havens has been named SVP of finance and digital operations at Atlantic Media Company. He had been VP of digital strategy and operation there. (FishbowlNY)

January 13, 2012: Barb Burg has been named VP, director of global communications, at Reuters. She had been SVP, director of publicity and PR at Random House. (mb)

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