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Revolving Door Newsletter: 11.05.10

U.S. News & World Report Shutters Print Ed.; Olbermann Suspended from MSNBC

November 5, 2010
The BBC has a revolt on its hands. Well, sort of. Fiona Bruce, Kirsty Wark, and other famous faces join the peons in a 48-hour strike over pensions, taking several programs off the air with them. The National Union of Journalists, which represents about 4,100 BBC journalists, also has another strike planned for November 15. The issue at hand is a decrease in the company's "historically generous final salary pension scheme," which has led to a deficit of between $2.25 billion and $4 billion. But who's going to report on the strike proceedings?...

Keith Olbermann gets suspended indefinitely and without pay from MSBNC after Politico revealed the primetime host contributed to the campaigns of of three congressional candidates, a practice which violates an NBC News policy. MSNBC president Phil Griffin released this statement: "I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay."... Laura Ingraham lands a contract extension at Fox News Channel. She serves as a fill-in host, primarily on The O'Reilly Factor. FNC, on the other hand, has "no plans" to hire Christine O'Donnell... ESPN scores Chris Mullen as an NBA analyst. He'll work primarily on NBA Countdown...

U.S. News & World Report's December issue will be its last: The mag shutters its monthly print edition for subscribers, shifting "to a predominantly digital publishing model with selected, single-topic print issues."... The New York Observer loses its last female staff writer as Irina Aleksander joins former boss Alexandra Jacobs at The New York Times... Murray Weiss leaves the New York Post to join Graydon Carter thinks editing Newsweek is a "completely hopeless, thankless task."... Sporting News taps Garry D. Howard as editor-in-chief. He had been the assistant managing editor/sports at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel... Essence recruits Antoinette Mabry as its new marketing director. She had been senior marketing manager at Boost Mobile... Wallace Ryland is Kiplinger's new director of digital business development...

Another blow to Yahoo as CIO Michael Kirwan gets out while the getting out's good. According to Kara Swisher, he was "the guy who keeps the lights on at the Silicon Valley icon!"... AOL's revenue plummets 26 percent, but shares rose because executives believe the company can turn its fortunes around. One person who will be invaluable going forward is Matthew Knell, the new head social media director. He had been director of emerging and social media strategy at CafeMom, helping turn it into the 75th most valuable startup in the world... Twitter recruits Adam Sharp to handle its business in Washington D.C. He joins as manager, government and political partnerships, coming from C-SPAN where he served as executive producer of digital services... Former New York Magazine editor Janet Ozzard is out at DailyCandy after just eight months... And there are changes at Shape, Lucky, and more...

November 5, 2010: Antoinette Mabry has been named senior director of marketing at Essence. She had been senior marketing manager at Boost Mobile. (release)

November 5, 2010: John Solomon has been named executive editor at Center for Public Integrity. He had been chief digital officer there. (release)

November 5, 2010: Adam Sharp has been named D.C. staff member at Twitter. He had been executive producer at C-SPAN. (WebNewser)

November 5, 2010: Jennifer Safrey has been named acquisitions editor at Ravenous Romance. She had been copy editor there. (Publishers Lunch)

November 5, 2010: Russell Davis has been named acquisitions editor at Ravenous Romance. (Publishers Lunch)

November 5, 2010: Rakesh Satyal has been named senior editor at HarperCollins. She had been editor there. (Publishers Lunch)

November 5, 2010: Rick Nixon has been named director of sales and marketing at Campus Televideo. He had been media business development executive at IO Global Inc. (release)

November 4, 2010: John Oldakowski has been named Midwest manager at Shape. He had been account manager, Home & Garden Media Group, at Reader's Digest. (mb)

November 3, 2010: Dirk Barnett has been named design director at Lucky. He had been creative director at Maxim. (mb)

November 3, 2010: Lara Spotts has been named vice president of East coast development at Bravo. She had been director of programming and development there. (release)

November 3, 2010: Alicia Dotter has been named creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi unit Team One. She had been assistant creative director at TBWA\Media Arts Lab. (AgencySpy)

November 3, 2010: Michaela Guzy has been named vice president of global travel and strategic development at American Express Publishing Co.. She had been vice president of travel and business development there. (FBNY)

November 3, 2010: Lindsay Kaplan has been named manager, social media, at Publicis Modem. She had been social media manager at Hachette Filipacchi Media US. (mb)

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