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Revolving Door Newsletter: 04.13.12

Fox Outs Gawker Mole; Patch Chief Resigns

April 13, 2012
Joe Muto makes one of the best career moves ever: He was Gawker's Fox Mole. The eight-year employee, who most recently worked as an associate producer on The O'Reilly Factor, got fired less than 24 hours after revealing himself anonymously to the public. So, in the span of a day, Muto went from an unknown associate producer on a show he hated to a lefty hero (with a talent for writing). As long as Fox doesn't sue him into oblivion or worse (legal scholars, what recourse do they have?), he will be much better off than he was at the beginning of the week. He's also $5,000 richer and says he has a cleaner conscience...

Brian Farnham says goodbye as editor-in-chief of Patch. Rachel Fishman Fedderson, hired above Farnham by AOL in February, will take over sole editorial oversight of the property. The EIC's decision was "100 percent" his own, as Farnham longs for the startup atmosphere that Patch no longer was. It was a bumpy four years for the former Time Out New York EIC and his staff, but he leaves Patch in a much better place. Keep an eye on where it goes from here... names Matt Rice advertising director. He stays on as executive director, international fashion, at WWD, and

The Weather Channel hires Curt Hecht as chief global revenue officer. The move comes three months after David Kenny took over as CEO. Both Hecht and Kenny worked at Vivaki, the media- and digital-agency division of Publicis Groupe... CNN gives Christiane Amanpour her own Monday afternoon show. Amanpour will be a 30-minute program looking at global issues. She remains as anchor at ABC News' Global Affairs... T.J. Holmes will host a late night comedic news show on BET... Conde Nast hires Jeremy Steckler and Michael Klein to turn the stories the magazine runs into film and television shows...

Khristopher Brooks will not be working at the News Journal in Wilmington, Del. The paper rescinded its job offer to the NYU grad after he posted to his blog a press release he wrote announcing his hire. But he received a number of job offers after the news went public... In other Gannett moves, USA Today snags Associated Press deputy sports editor Mary Byrne as managing editor of the Sports Media Group... And there are changes at NBC News, Cosmopolitan and more...

April 13, 2012: Sandra Fine has been named vice president at rbb Public Relations. She had been account director there. (mb)

April 13, 2012: Mark Hayes has been named morning anchor at KXAS-TV in Dallas. He had been morning anchor at WAGA-TV in Atlanta. (TVSpy)

April 13, 2012: Saira Stahl has been named vice president of strategy at Gannett. She had been vice president of operations and communications at Gannett Digital. (TVSpy)

April 13, 2012: Melissa Crawford has been named vice president of marketing at WNBC-TV in New York. She had been brand director at KNTV-TV in San Francisco. (TVSpy)

April 13, 2012: Chris Egert has been named reporter and anchor at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. He had been morning anchor at KIRO-TV in Seattle. (TVSpy)

April 13, 2012: Nick Emmons has been named morning anchor at KDVR-TV in Denver. He had been morning anchor at KION-TV in Salinas, Calif. (TVSpy)

April 13, 2012: Mary Byrne has been named managing editor, sports, at USA Today. She had been deputy sports editor at The Associated Press. (FishbowlNY)

April 12, 2012: Michelle Lee Ribeiro has been named deputy editor at Cosmopolitan. She had been a freelancer. (mb)

April 12, 2012: Matt Rice has been named advertising director at He will continue as executive director, international fashion, at WWD, and (FishbowlNY)

April 12, 2012: Michael Klein has been named executive VP of alternative programming at Condé Nast Entertainment. He had been senior VP for programming and development at Sundance Channel. (FishbowlNY)

April 12, 2012: Jeremy Steckler has been named executive VP of motion pictures at Condé Nast Entertainment. He had been executive VP at Imagine Entertainment. (FishbowlNY)

April 12, 2012: Enrique Acevedo has been named co-anchor at Noticiero Univision Edicin Nocturna. He had been correspondent and anchor at Telemundo. (TVNewser)

April 12, 2012: Frank Kavilanz has been named vice president of strategy and partnership at NBC News. He had been director of business development at ABC News Digital. (TVNewser)

April 11, 2012: Brooke Warner has been named president at Warner Coaching Inc. She had been executive editor at Seal Press. (mb)

April 10, 2012: Carli Brosseau has been named real estate reporter at Arizona Daily Star. She had been social media editor at (mb)

April 10, 2012: Linda Sparrowe has been named editor-in-chief at Yoga International. She had been editor-in-chief at Natural Solutions. (mb)

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