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Revolving Door Newsletter: 04.11.14

Stephen Colbert is the New Letterman; Layoffs at Al Jazeera America

April 11, 2014
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That was fast. Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on The Late Show when the latter man retires next year. Let's go to CBS president and CEO Les Moonves for a quote, shall we: “Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television. David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.” The big question now is what will happen to Craig Ferguson, The Late Late Show host, who is currently negotiating his contract...

The New York Times loses two reporters to nonprofit journalism startups. Tim Golden moves to The Marshal Project, where former NYT executive editor Bill Keller works, while Ginger Thompson heads to ProPublica. She will be senior reporter and had most recently been investigative reporter at the Times... The Wall Street Journal promotes Sudeep Reddy to deputy global economics editor and Tim Aeppel to senior economics correspondent, while hiring Nick Timiraos and Josh Zumbrun...

Inc. hires Jon Fine as executive editor and David Whitford as editor-at-large. They had been editorial director of Magnum Photos and an editor at Reuters, respectively... Time Inc. names Sid Evans the new editor-in-chief of Southern Living. Evans will continue to have editorial oversight of Cooking Light, Coastal Living, Sunset, and This Old House... "Multiple sources" tell WWD that Joe Zee may leave his creative director role at Elle for Yahoo... Talking Points Memo sees Igor Bobic move to the Huffington Post as associate editor on the politics team. He had been assistant editor... InTheCapital loses Sophie Pyle, who is off to the social media world... CQ Roll Call makes major organizational changes...

Major cuts hit Al Jazeera America as the struggling network nears eight months on the air. In an email to staff, network president Kate O’Brian said the network has reached a "steady-state level of operations, and we are bringing our staffing levels into alignment with our long-range plan as per our original business case."... Today is longtime investigative journalist Michael Isikoff's last day at NBC News...  Jane Pauley trades The Peacock for The Eye, jumping to CBS News Sunday Morning, where she will be a contributor. Pauley, who started her career with CBS in 1972, has been at NBC for nearly 40 years... David Madden will remain president of Fox Television Studios after signing a long-term contract... Over at ABC News, James Goldston officially is promoted to president... Meanwhile, Tony Reali re-ups with the ABC family and will start appearing as a contributor to Good Morning America as a result... CNN hires Mike Rowe, John Walsh and Lisa Lingjust as World One anchor Zain Verjee leaves the network after 14 years to start her own production company... Lizzie O'Leary lands Marketplace Weekend, a Saturday show focused on the intersection of life and money... And there are changes at Women's Health, Food & Wine, and more...

April 11, 2014: Ellen Flattery has been named producer, content and programming, at Renegade Productions. She had been president, CEO and owner at Corporate Media Marketing and Productions, LLC. (release)

April 11, 2014: Gizelle Lugo has been named assistant marketing manager, new business, at Real Simple. She had been integrated marketing and social media rep at Disney Interactive. (mb)

April 11, 2014: Drew Panayiotou has been named president and CEO at BBDO Atlanta. He had been SVP of U.S. marketing at Best Buy. (AgencySpy)

April 11, 2014: Jay Benjamin has been named chief creative officer at Saatchi & Saatchi. He had been chief creative officer at Leo Burnett. (AgencySpy)

April 11, 2014: Luis DeAnda has been named acting president at TBWA\Chiat\Day LA. He had been general manager there. (AgencySpy)

April 11, 2014: Preston Rudie has been named communications director for Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla. He had been a reporter at WTSP in Tampa, Fla. (TVSpy)

April 11, 2014: David Lee has been named chief financial officer at Zynga. He had been SVP of enterprise finance at Best Buy. (SocialTimes)

April 11, 2014: Tony Reali has been named social media contributor at Good Morning America on ABC. He will continue in his role as host of Around the Horn on ESPN. (TVNewser)

April 11, 2014: Sid Evans has been named editor-in-chief at Southern Living. He will continue in his role as group editor at Time Inc. (FishbowlNY)

April 11, 2014: David Whitford has been named editor-at-large at Inc. He had been an editor at Reuters. (FishbowlNY)

April 11, 2014: Jon Fine has been named executive editor at Inc. He had been editorial director at Magnum Photos. (FishbowlNY)

April 11, 2014: Tony Monteleone has been named associate publisher at Metrosource Publishing. He had been associate publisher at NewBay Media's TWICE. (mb)

April 10, 2014: Silvia Prado has been named director of digital sales, LatAm & Southeast, at Boingo Wireless. She had been digital advertising sales manager at Televisa Publishing & Digital. (mb)

April 10, 2014: Gabriella Salas has been named associate director of content strategy at iAcquire. She had been senior digital content strategist at Adorama. (mb)

April 10, 2014: Jen Ator has been named fitness director at Women's Health. She had been fitness editor there. (mb)

April 10, 2014: Steve Motter has been named copywriter at DMW Direct. He had been copy editor/proofreader there. (release)

April 10, 2014: Garrett Bedenbaugh has been named weekend meteorologist at WTEV-WAWS in Jacksonville, Fla. He had been morning meteorologist at WACH in Columbia, S.C. (TVSpy)

April 10, 2014: Deborah Aaronson has been named vice president, group publisher, at Phaidon Press. She had been vice president, publisher, at Abrams. (Galleycat)

April 10, 2014: Nicole Gordon has been named executive director at The Marshall Project. She had been founding executive director at New York's Campaign Finance Board. (FishbowlNY)

April 10, 2014: Tim Aeppel has been named senior economics correspondent at The Wall Street Journal. He had been economics bureau chief there. (FishbowlNY)

April 10, 2014: Sudeep Reddy has been named deputy global economics editor at The Wall Street Journal. He had been economics editor there. (FishbowlNY)

April 10, 2014: Alice Barr has been named reporter at KHOU in Houston. She had been reporter at KCTV in Kansas City, Mo. (TVSpy)

April 10, 2014: James Goldston has been named president at ABC News. He had been senior vice president, content and development, there. (FishbowlNY)

April 10, 2014: David Bashaw has been named senior vice president at KYNE. He had been senior vice president/director, healthcare, at MSLGROUP. (release)

April 10, 2014: Mike Murakami has been named senior director of research and insights at Latinum Network. He had been quantitative marketing manager at Google. (release)

April 10, 2014: Dave Jackson has been named vice president of business development at Latinum Network. He had been chief revenue officer at GrabMedia. (release)

April 10, 2014: Judy Johnson has been named chief marketing and communications officer at Caruso Affiliated. She had been president of operations, West, at GolinHarris. (release)

April 10, 2014: Farzad Jamal has been named vice president, Europe, at Vdopia Inc. He had been commercial director, EMEA, at OpenX. (mb)

April 10, 2014: Rebecca Theim has been named director of communications at Service Employees International Union Nevada. She had been content manager at R&R Partners. (mb)

April 9, 2014: Ginger Thompson has been named senior reporter at ProPublica. She had been investigative reporter at The New York Times. (FishbowlNY)

April 9, 2014: Chris Geiger has been named vice president and general manager at WTIC and WCCT in Hartford-New Haven, Conn. He had been president at Sinclair Broadcasting Group. (TVSpy)

April 9, 2014: Matt Stiles has been named economics reporter at The Wall Street Journal. He had been data editor at NPR. (FishbowlNY)

April 9, 2014: Yaran Noti has been named features editor at Food & Wine. He had been features editor at Food Network Magazine. (FishbowlNY)

April 9, 2014: Sarah DiGregorio has been named senior editor at Food & Wine. She had been food editor at Parade. (FishbowlNY)

April 9, 2014: Alan Weatherbee has been named senior vice president, talent search, at Allison+Partners. He had been vice president, human resources, at Cone Communications.

April 9, 2014: Erika Abe has been named co-anchor at WDKY in Lexington, Ky. She had been reporter and weekend morning anchor at WTVQ in Lexington, Ky. (TVSpy)

April 9, 2014: Zahid Arab has been named general assignment reporter at KDFW in Dallas. He had been general assignment reporter at KING in Seattle. (TVSpy)

April 9, 2014: Michael Schwalb has been named senior vice president, publisher strategy, at Jun Group. He had been vice president/general manager of TremorVideo. (mb)

April 9, 2014: Igor Bobic has been named associate editor, politics, at The Huffington Post. He had been assistant editor at Talking Points Memo. (FishbowlDC)

April 9, 2014: Bobbi Brown has been named editor-in-chief at Yahoo Beauty. She will continue in her role as chief creative officer at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. (FishbowlNY)

April 9, 2014: Tim Golden has been named managing editor for investigations and news at The Marshall Project. He had been investigative reporter at The New York Times. (FishbowlNY)

April 9, 2014: Paul Duong has been named vice president of programming and scheduling at TV One. He had been senior director of program scheduling at The Weather Channel. (release)

April 9, 2014: Julie Schweigert has been named senior vice president of client service at Marketing Werks. She had been client service vice president there. (mb)

April 9, 2014: Melissa Dahl has been named senior writer at New York. She had been health writer and editor at NBC News. (mb)

April 9, 2014: Jason Fields has been named founder and publisher at He had been director of design at (mb)

April 9, 2014: Robin Monheit has been named director of account development at CrowdTangle. She had been senior manager, social media strategy, at Hearst Digital Media. (mb)

April 8, 2014: Belinda Lanks has been named design editor at Businessweek. She had been senior editor at Fast Company. (mb)

April 8, 2014: Joe Levy has been named editor-at-large at Billboard. He had been editor there. (FishbowlNY)

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