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Revolving Door Newsletter: 04.01.11

James Murdoch Moves Up; Staff Shake-Ups At GMA

April 1, 2011
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News Corp. names James Murdoch deputy COO, chairman, and CEO, international. Rupert Murdoch's succession planning is intact, although no one really knows what the move means. The New York Observer thinks the nice house Jesse Angelo purchased is actually for James, while Adweek asks a bunch of questions without coming to any conclusion. Of course, if we understood the mind of Rupe, we'd be much richer, so it's no surprise he's a step ahead...

V Magazine signs up Lady Gaga as a columnist. Fans can submit artwork to run with the first piece, scheduled for the summer issue... Gwyneth Paltrow's next project could be a cooking magazine. The rumor comes on the heels of the impending release of her cookbook, My Father's Daughter...

Hearst promotes Steven Swartz to chief operating officer. Mark Aldam replaces him as president of the newspaper division... Gannett will furlough some top executives and other highly paid staffers as it looks to save money. The news comes a week after the company announced it doubled the salary of chairman and CEO Craig Dubow to $9.4 million... Ashley Dunn steps in as California editor at the Los Angeles Times... Virginia Heffernan, chopped from The New York Times Magazine by Hugo Lindgren, finds a home on the opinion pages of the NYT...

The Katie Couric saga continues, with CBS as the front-runner to keep the anchor in-house. Leslie Moonves wants her to stay, and he usually gets what he wants... James Goldston makes the first major changes to Good Morning America since he came on as senior executive producer in February. Juju Chang leaves the program for Nightline with SportsCenter anchor Josh Elliott taking over as GMA's newsreader... Amy Entelis leaves ABC News to join Sucherman Consulting Group... Jessica Rodriguez steps in as senior vice president of Univision Cable Networks... Fox News Channel promotes Jay Wallace to vice president of news and senior executive producer of news and politics... Bill Moyers could be returning to PBS on a show tentatively titled Something Different With Bill Moyers...

Spotify finally comes to America, but at the expense of its European operations. Users across the pond are (rightly) p.o.'d, but one of the investors told TechCrunch, "the simple fact remains that America is the only place that matters when it comes to start-up success." Just kidding. We almost fell for this one, too... Richard Blakeley leaves Gawker Media for Thrillist where he'll be editor of strategy and content... And there are changes at ID Media, Complex Media Network and more...

April 1, 2011: Jim Perkins has been named vice president at Carton Donofrio Partners. He had been chief marketing officer at H & D Branding. (mb)

March 31, 2011: Cathie Batbie-Loucks has been named news director at KVOA in Tucson. She had been content management center director there. (TVSpy)

March 31, 2011: Sean Hardwick has been named SVP, director of account management, integration and business development at Draftfcb OC. He had been SVP, group management director there. (AgencySpy)

March 31, 2011: Jeff Fox has been named SVP/MD at Draftfcb OC. He had been EVP, chief strategic officer there. (AgencySpy)

March 31, 2011: Dave Damman has been named executive creative director at Carmichael Lynch. He had been group creative director at Fallon. (AgencySpy)

March 31, 2011: Ji Lee has been named creative director at Facebook. He had been creative director for Google Creative Lab at Google. (SocialTimes)

March 31, 2011: Ethan Klapper has been named online editor at National Journal. He had been managing editor, Web at American University's The Eagle. (FBDC)

March 31, 2011: Steven R. Swartz has been named COO at Hearst. He had been president at Hearst Newspapers. (FBNY)

March 31, 2011: Steve Alperin has been named editor-at-large at The Daily. He had been managing editor for video there. (FBNY)

March 31, 2011: Jasmine Chang has been named fashion director at Good Housekeeping. She had been executive fashion editor at O, The Oprah Magazine. (FBNY)

March 31, 2011: Virginia Heffernan has been named op-ed columnist at The New York Times. She had been columnist at The New York Times Magazine. (FBNY)

March 31, 2011: Ruth Reichl has been named head of Gilt Groupe's food blog. She had been editor-in-chief at Gourmet. (FBNY)

March 31, 2011: Ethan Nelson has been named senior broadcast producer at Good Morning America. He had been producer at HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. (TVNewser)

March 31, 2011: Jay Wallace has been named VP of news and senior executive producer of news and politics at Fox News. He had been VP of news editorial product there. (TVNewser)

March 31, 2011: Sean Garza has been named creative director at The Eisen Agency. He had been lead interactive and multimedia designer and senior graphic designer at Riha Design Group. (PRNewser)

March 31, 2011: John Blyth has been named president at Fleishman-Hillard Canada. He had been senior communications strategist there. (PRNewser)

March 31, 2011: Scott McPherson has been named creative director at Advocate Group. He had been art director there. (FBLA)

March 31, 2011: Ron Cassel has been named senior producer at MyLocalBuzzTV. He had been senior producer at Sky Radio. (FBLA)

March 31, 2011: Russ Bengtson has been named sneaker editor at Complex Media Network. He had been editor-in-chief at Slam. (release)

March 31, 2011: Ji Krinsky has been named Northwest sales director at Complex Media Network. She had been senior territory manager at IGN Entertainment. (release)

March 31, 2011: Elaine Wong has been named director of corporate communications at ID Media. She had been media/marketing reporter and CMO network editor at Forbes. (mb)

March 31, 2011: Diana Bald has been named SVP, director of marketing at ID Media. She had been VP, business development at Univision. (mb)

March 30, 2011: Paul Eisenberg has been named copywriter at Micato Safaris. He had been freelance travel reporter at Fox News. (mb)

March 30, 2011: Richard Blakeley has been named managing editor of strategy and content at Thrillist. He had been editor-in-chief at Gawker.TV. (release)

March 30, 2011: Lori Santos has been named managing editor for breaking news at National Journal. She had been managing editor of national security there. (FBDC)

March 30, 2011: Jamie Tarabay has been named managing editor for national security at National Journal. She had been foreign and domestic correspondent at NPR. (FBDC)

March 30, 2011: Alex Silverman has been named part-time anchor/reporter at WCBS in New York. He had been anchor/reporter at KIRO-FM in Seattle. (FBNY)

March 30, 2011: Tracey Gordon has been named EVP and senior strategist at Edelman. She had been director of national media relations at Fidelity Investments. (PRNewser)

March 30, 2011: Ashley Dunn has been named California editor at Los Angeles Times. She had been deputy national editor there. (FBLA)

March 30, 2011: Michelle Kessler Sanders has been named creative director at Vera Wang Group. She had been fashion director at T: The New York Times Style Magazine. (The Daily)

March 30, 2011: Ting Wang has been named manager, corporate events at AOL. She had been manager, event marketing at Fairchild Fashion Group (Conde Nast). (mb)

March 30, 2011: James Murdoch has been named deputy COO and chairman and CEO, International at News Corp. He had been executive chairman, news International there. (FBNY)

March 30, 2011: Marla Weech has been named anchor at Central Florida News 13. She had been anchor at WKMG-TV. (TVSpy)

March 30, 2011: Josh Feller has been named vice president, business development at Outbrain. He had been director, business development group at Microsoft. (mb)

March 30, 2011: Lauren Kamen has been named online account sales manager at New York Media. She had been sales associate at Gawker Media. (mb)

March 30, 2011: Gilad de Vries has been named vice president, brands and agencies at Outbrain. He had been principal at Carmel Ventures. (mb)

March 30, 2011: Josh Elliott has been named newsreader at Good Morning America. He had been anchor at SportsCenter. (TVNewser)

March 30, 2011: Juju Chang has been named correspondent and fill-in anchor at Nightline. She had been anchor at Good Morning America. (TVNewser)

March 30, 2011: James Russell has been named part-time associate editor at Truthout. He had been an e-publishing intern there. (mb)

March 30, 2011: Matthew Scott has been named vice president of strategic development at Crowdtap. He had been founding team member and director of business development at AdSafe Media. (mb)

March 29, 2011: Francie Grace has been named social media and Web content strategist at She had been VP and managing editor/director of social media at Public Agenda. (mb)

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