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Revolving Door Newsletter: 11.30.12

A New President for CNN; Hundreds of Layoffs at LivingSocial

November 30, 2012
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Jeff Zucker takes over as president of CNN. He replaces Jim Walton. Zucker, the former prodigy who was executive producer of Today at age 27, has been biding his time while serving as the executive producer of Katie. Turner Broadcasting chairman Phil Kent announced the news, which had already leaked everywhere, in a memo: "I picked Jeff because of his extensive experience and track record in broadcast and cable news, his passion for the news business and his strong belief, which I share, that the best days of CNN lie ahead..."

Keith Kelly hears that a group of former Hachette staffers could buy Whole Living, the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia title that is on the block. Hopefully, that's good news for the publication's current employees, most of whom still have their jobs... Best Life creative director John Mather is gone, following editor Stephen Perrine and David Zinczenko out the door. You have to feel better about Mather's prospects than you do about Best Life, which was relaunched in October but looks like it's in trouble once again... Mark Drucker signs on as publisher of Avenue at the Beach, a tentatively-titled new offering from Manhattan Media. It's aimed at the Hamptons set and will debut this summer...

Time Inc. snags J.R. McCabe from Meredith Corp. where he had been vice president and chief video officer. He'll fill a similar role at his new company, overseeing its efforts to expand into digital video... Elsewhere at Time Inc., Terry McDonell will leave the company at the end of the year. He stepped down from Sports Illustrated in October... Wired recruits Laura Hudson as online culture and entertainment editor. She joins from ComicsAlliance... Runner's World taps Suzanne Perreault as managing editor and Michele Ervin as photo director. They came from C Lifestyle Productions and Popular Mechanics, respectively...

Bloomberg TV will cut nearly 100 people in the London bureau as a result of an operational efficiency review. The organization is moving graphics and other tech-side operations to a central location in New York that is rumored to start hiring soon. That makes sense, but it's tough for those losing their positions across the pond... One addition to Bloomberg: Josh Rucci, who signs on as global head of content sales. He had been at Getty Images... Ravi Somaiya returns from London to cover a beat yet-to-be-named for The New York Times. While over there, he reported on phone hacking, Julian Assange and the Olympics, to name a few...

LivingSocial lays off 400 staffers, mostly from its U.S. offices. Revenue is falling and the company lost more than half a billion dollars in the third quarter, although the majority of that came from write-downs of acquisitions in 2011. Not the best of times for the group buying site... And there are changes at Wired, Real Simple and more...

November 30, 2012: Robert Lewis has been named investigative reporter at WNYC in New York. He had been investigative reporter at Newsday. (FishbowlNY)

November 30, 2012: Rebecca Gale has been named contributing editor at CQ Roll Call. She had been director of publicity there. (FishbowlDC)

November 30, 2012: Yael Chanoff is now freelancing at Potrero View. She had been reporter at San Francisco Bay Guardian. (mb)

November 30, 2012: Chris Daly has been named vice president of sales at Clear Channel Media. He had been local sales manager at KDAF-TV in Dallas, Texas. (release)

November 30, 2012: Chad Kennedy has been named director of communications at Celebuzz. He had been senior digital marketing manager at Total Assault. (mb)

November 29, 2012: Laura Hudson has been named culture and entertainment editor at Wired. She had been editor-in-chief at ComicsAlliance. (FishbowlNY)

November 29, 2012: Scott Crystal has been named chief revenue officer at Zumobi. He had been chief revenue officer at The Daily Meal. (mb)

November 29, 2012: Sarah Copeland has been named food director at Real Simple. She will continue as food and lifestyle expert at Edible Living. (release)

November 29, 2012: Josh Rucci has been named global head of content sales at Bloomberg LP. He had been senior director of media and broadcast at Getty Images. (FishbowlNY)

November 29, 2012: Michele Ervin has been named photo director at Runner's World. She had been senior associate photo editor at Popular Mechanics. (FishbowlNY)

November 29, 2012: Suzanne Perreault has been named managing editor at Runner's World. She had been production director at C Lifestyle Productions. (FishbowlNY)

November 29, 2012: Jenny Rogers has been named assistant managing editor at Washington City Paper. She had been staff reporter at Washington Examiner. (FishbowlDC)

November 28, 2012: Karen Berner has been named chief food editor of Taste of Home brands at Reader's Digest Association. She had been food editor at Taste of Home. (mb)

November 28, 2012: Mark Hamrick has been named Washington bureau chief at He had been broadcast journalist at The Associated Press. (mb)

November 28, 2012: Carole Wacey has been named VP of education at WNET in New York. She had been executive director at MOUSE. (mb)

November 27, 2012: Kasia Galazka has been named associate producer of digital at The Dr. Oz Show. She had been digital business coordinator at Rodale. (mb)

November 27, 2012: Ron Fournier has been named editorial director at National Journal. He had been editor-in-chief there. (FishbowlDC)

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