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Revolving Door Newsletter: 03.15.13

The Boston Phoenix Shutters; Chris Hayes Lands Weeknight Slot

March 15, 2013
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The Boston Phoenix is no more. The former alt-weekly that was trying to transition to a glossy magazine signs off with a tweet reading, "Thank you Boston. Good night and good luck." (Requisite touching blog post here. Worth a read. Seriously.) Publisher Stephen M. Mindich added more explanation in a note to the team: "As everyone knows, between the economic crisis beginning in 2007 and the simultaneous radical changes in the media business, particularly as it has affected print media advertising, these have been extremely difficult times for our Company and despite the valiant effort by many, many past and current staff to attempt to stabilize and, in fact, reverse our significant financial losses, we have been unable to do so and they are no longer sustainable." Roughly 50 staffers are out of a job. Its sister publications in Providence, R.I. and Portland, Maine will continue on as long as they "remain financially viable..."

Chris Hayes, who has a remarkable number of supporters in the media world (and deservedly so), lands a weekday show at 8 p.m. on MSNBC. His current gig has him handling duties on the weekend but the latest move is a big jump for the rising star. The Rachel Maddow protégé takes over for Ed Schultz, who moves to the weekends. MSNBC executives think Hayes can broaden the network's audience... Former Fox News contributor Dick Morris lands a job hosting an afternoon program on WPHT out of Philadelphia. He replaces Michael Smerconish at the radio station... ABC News makes a whole host of changes on the digital side, upping Eric Noe to managing editor and Ali Gazan to head of lifestyle, among others...

Anna Wintour expands her empire at Conde Nast. She's the company's new artistic director, a position created just for her that assumes some of S.I. Newhouse Jr.'s duties. No one really seems to know exactly what she'll be doing, but expect to see the influence of the Vogue editrix across the swath of magazines... In one of the stranger stories you'll see, Hearst executive Scott Sassa loses his job as president of entertainment and syndication after texts to a stripper came to light. Although he did nothing illegal, it's not the best look... Jon Favreau, former speechwriter for President Barack Obama, signs on with the Daily Beast as a columnist...

Jeff Huber steps down as head of mapping and commerce at Google and moves to the super-secret Google X division. He was the man overseeing the company's Wallet, Earth and Maps projects in addition to others. Susan Wojkicki will take over his commerce responsibilities with Alan Eustace jumping to Maps. Elsewhere at the Internet giant, engineering SVP Sridhar Ramaswamy is added to the "L-Team," Larry Page's adorably named management squad that sounds like something from the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers... BuzzFeed is reportedly launching a business section, and has tapped Reuters editor Peter Lauria to run it... Dee Anna McPherson joins HootSuite as vice president of marketing... And there are changes at Meredith, the Guardian and more...

March 15, 2013: Bobby Ghosh has been named editor at Time International. He had been deputy editor there. (FishbowlNY)

March 15, 2013: Cecilia Dobbs has been named VP of product at the Guardian. She had been director of digital strategy and design at Fox News. (release)

March 15, 2013: Jason Kleinman has been named vice president of brand partnerships at the Guardian. He had been director of product marketing at The New York Times. (release)

March 15, 2013: Jennifer Barrett has been named VP of editorial and product at DailyWorth. She had been general manager of the women and teens digital network at Hearst Magazines. (release)

March 15, 2013: Ashley Miles has been named executive vice president of sales at Refinery29. She had been regional vice president of sales at (release)

March 15, 2013: Melissa Goidel has been named chief revenue officer at Refinery29. She had been SVP at (release)

March 15, 2013: Tom Etergino has been named chief financial officer at Refinery29. He had been chief financial officer at TheStreet. (release)

March 15, 2013: Aya Kanai has been named fashion director at Cosmopolitan. She had been head stylist at (release)

March 15, 2013: Ramona Schindelheim has been named managing editor at KTTV in Los Angeles. She had been executive producer at CNBC. (TVSpy)

March 15, 2013: Kristy Davis has been named weekday morning anchor and reporter at WLWT in Cincinnati. She had been general assignment reporter at WBRZ in Baton Rouge, La. (TVSpy)

March 15, 2013: Melissa Brecher has been named chief marketing officer at Fairchild Fashion Media. She had been VP of marketing and communications there. (FishbowlNY)

March 15, 2013: Tom DeFrank has been named contributing editor at National Journal. He had been White House correspondent at Newsweek. (FishbowlDC)

March 14, 2013: Marc Johnson has been named chief marketing officer at Resonate. He had been principal and co-founder at Storyline Development. (mb)

March 14, 2013: Michael Horn has been named VP of research at Resonate. He had been SVP and managing partner, Decision Sciences, at Universal McCann. (mb)

March 14, 2013: Eddie Ross has been named East Coast producer/editor for print and digital at Meredith. He had been editorial director at Rue La La. (release)

March 14, 2013: Jon Favreau has been named columnist at The Daily Beast. He had been director of speechwriting for President Barack Obama. (FishbowlNY)

March 14, 2013: Jeffrey Yamaguchi has been named director of digital marketing at ABRAMS. He had been director of digital marketing at Random House. (GalleyCat)

March 14, 2013: Sundar Pichai has been named head of Android at Google. He will continue as senior vice president of Chrome and Apps there. (SocialTimes)

March 14, 2013: Dee Anna McPherson has been named vice president of marketing at HootSuite. She had been vice president of marketing at Yammer. (SocialTimes)

March 14, 2013: Rob Schatzel has been named vice president of sales for North America at Socialbakers. He had been VP of business development at Hitwise. (release)

March 14, 2013: Ashley Barretto has been named general manager of WO Network at WideOrbit. He had been SVP of client services at Invision. (mb)

March 13, 2013: Anna Wintour has been named artistic director at Conde Nast. She will continue as editor-in-chief at Vogue. (FishbowlNY)

March 13, 2013: Richard Black has been named general manager at Momentum NY. He had been SVP and director of client services there. (AgencySpy)

March 13, 2013: Ernesto Romero has been named executive news director at KYMA in Yuma, Ariz. He had been managing editor there. (TVSpy)

March 12, 2013: Sheila McClear has been named features reporter at New York Daily News. She had been features reporter at New York Post. (mb)

March 12, 2013: Tom Hollerbach has been named managing director and COO at Blackboard Co. He had been president at TBC Advertising. (mb)

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