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Revolving Door Newsletter: 11.13.12

Huge Changes at Today Show; Microsoft Loses VIP

November 13, 2012
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NBCUniversal is laying off 500 staffers, including almost two dozen on the Tonight Show and more from Universal Pictures. The moves come as the company attempts to cut costs and turn even more profit. Meanwhile, there are huge changes at the Today show: Jim Bell -- the man responsible for the ouster of Ann Curry -- is out as executive producer. NBC News senior vice president Alexandra Wallace will oversee the entire four-hour block of programming. She's the first woman at the head of Today. And there are rumblings at MSNBC as well, which is no longer getting completely obliterated by Fox News...

BBC director of news Helen Boaden and deputy Stephen Mitchell step aside after airing a program that falsely accused Lord Alistair McAlpine of child abuse. The controversy, which also involves a spiked program about Jimmy Savile, also claimed director general George Entwistle and could extend to Mark Thompson, the former director general who is now the CEO of The New York Times. The NYT rank and file are nervous about where this all leads. One thing's clear: It's going to get worse before it gets better... Entertainment Tonight hires Rob Marciano as host. The former CNN man will step in alongside Nancy O'Dell as the program's ever-rotating cast of characters gets a new face. Marciano replaces Mark Steines...

There will be a new top dog at The Washington Post come January. Marcus Brauchli gets bumped up to vice president of the parent company, as Martin "Marty" Baron replaces him as executive editor. This is yet another notable gig for Baron, who has been editor of The Boston Globe for over 11 years and edited at The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Miami Herald... Popular Mechanics taps Mike Austin to be automotive editor. He had been technical director at Car and Driver... Commentary cuts literary blogger D.G. Myers after he wrote a post supporting gay marriage on his blog that is hosted on the conservative publication's site. Editor John Podhoretz denies the post's subject matter had anything to do with the dismissal...

Steve Sinofsky leaves Microsoft. The head of Windows -- the most important part of the company, according to CEO Steve Ballmer -- is rumored to have wanted Ballmer's job eventually. Julie Larson-Green and Tami Reller replace Sinofsky as head of engineering and head of business for Windows, respectively. This is a huge moment for Microsoft, which needs Windows 8 to succeed to fight off challenges from Apple, Google and other growing computing giants... R/GA NY hires John McKelvey and Hannes Ciatti as creative directors. The two Australians previously worked at Whybin/TBWA... Eric Alba is the new lead technical producer for Hush. He was instrumental in creating the shop's Camp Victory spot... Jeff Spillane and Heather Gorman are out at BBDO Atlanta. The duo had been head of creative for just six months. The ad world, man... And there are changes at, Money and more...

November 13, 2012: Marcus Brauchli has been named vice president at The Washington Post Company. He had been executive editor there. (FishbowlDC)

November 13, 2012: Hannes Ciatti has been named creative director at R/GA New York. He had been creative director at Whybin\TBWA Group Australia. (AgencySpy)

November 13, 2012: John McKelvey has been named creative director at R/GA New York. He had been creative director at Whybin\TBWA Group Australia. (AgencySpy)

November 13, 2012: Andrew Delbridge has been named chief strategy and engagement officer at Grupo Gallegos. He had been partner/chief strategy officer at McKinney. (AgencySpy)

November 13, 2012: Joe McKenna has been named fashion editor at large at T: The New York Times Style Magazine. He will continue as a freelance stylist. (FishbowlNY)

November 13, 2012: Chris Weimer has been named news director at WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine. He had been evening anchor there. (TVSpy)

November 13, 2012: Shiri Spear has been named meteorologist at WFXT in Boston. She had been weekday morning meteorologist at WTVJ in Miami. (TVSpy)

November 13, 2012: Tracy Snyder has been named senior desk editor at NBC News in London. She had been evening assignment manager there. (TVNewser)

November 13, 2012: Sara Ganim has been named correspondent at CNN. She had been reporter at The Patriot News. (TVNewser)

November 13, 2012: Martin "Marty" Baron has been named executive editor at The Washington Post. He had been editor at The Boston Globe. (release)

November 13, 2012: Adrian Covert has been named tech reporter at CNNMoney. He had been associate editor at (SocialTimes)

November 13, 2012: Jim Bell has been named executive producer at NBC Sports. He had been executive producer of the "Today" show at NBC. (TVNewser)

November 12, 2012: Wilbert Gutierrez has been named design director at America Media. He had been creative director at (mb)

November 12, 2012: Rob Marciano has been named co-anchor at Entertainment Tonight. He had been news and weather anchor at CNN. (FishbowlLA)

November 12, 2012: Emmanuel Puentes has been named chief technology officer at LinkSmart. He had been chief technology officer at Federated Media Publishing. (mb)

November 12, 2012: Mike Austin has been named automotive editor at Popular Mechanics. He had been technical editor at Car and Driver. (mb)

November 10, 2012: Joseph J. Erdos has been named online editor of entertainment at He had been associate editor of HuffPost Taste at The Huffington Post. (mb)

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