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Revolving Door Newsletter: 07.30.13

Bloomberg Poaches Justin Smith; Drops Back for the NFL

July 30, 2013
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Bloomberg Media Group makes a huge hire, poaching Justin Smith from Atlantic Media to be its new chief executive. The incoming talent earned praise for turning around The Atlantic with an impressive and aggressive digital strategy. He replaces Andy Lack, who moves up to chairman. None other than Google's Eric Schmidt believes Smith is the man for the job, telling The New York Times: "How many people have really managed to be successful in digital media? Everyone has tried and few have been successful. Justin is one of them. He is moving very fast, but this is the next logical step. It’s a serious gain for Bloomberg.”...

Set to launch August 20 in the old Current TV slot, Al Jazeera America is staffing up 12 bureaus in cities around the country, including New Orleans, Nashville, Denver and Seattle. The net has hired 10 correspondents while still on the hunt to fill slots in San Francisco and New York. Could Hoda Kotb be joining the ladies on The View? Page Six hears the current Today fourth-hour host could replace Joy Behar, who will leave after 16 years. "She has news experience, which is something The View has not had since Meredith Vieira left. She also adds some diversity to the panel," a source says... David Chalian officially joins Crossfire as a supervising producer. He left his gig as vice president for video programming at Politico earlier in July... Shea Allen loses her job at a Huntsville television station after writing a blog post about going bra-less during a broadcast and taking naps in the news car...

Hearst Magazines grabs Todd Haskell as senior vice president and chief revenue officer of the company's digital media branch. He had been group vice president, advertising for and previously managed advertising business development for the paper... News Corp. loses Les Goodstein, the senior vice president in charge of the Community Newspaper Group. Cliff Luster replaces the man who joined Rupert Murdoch's behemoth in 2005 after a long career with the Daily News... hires Daniel Goldblatt as a New York City-based managing editor. He had been producer and coordinating producer at, where he started in June 2005... The Advocate offers buyouts to employees with more than 15 years of experience and hopes to chop staff by five percent. The move is "a mild corrective," according to general manager and chief operating officer Dan Shea... decides to hire a blogger to cover every NFL team, which will mean 19 new jobs. One of the first poaches is the Washington Post's John Keim, who will handle the Redskins beat after spending just four weeks at WaPo. The NFL and ESPN: two juggernauts that cannot be stopped... eliminates 100 positions in its Berlin office, a move that will reduce redundancies as the company that recently raised $150 million looks to expand into Europe... And there are changes at Essence, Rubenstein Public Relations, and more...

July 30, 2013: Canaan Rubin has been named executive producer "My Street Style" at Zappos. He had been director at Entertainment Tonight. (mb)

July 30, 2013: Shiona Turini has been named fashion market director at Cosmopolitan. She had been fashion market & beauty director at CR Fashion Book. (mb)

July 30, 2013: Andrew Becks has been named VP, audience development at PGOA Media. He had been director, audience development at Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (release)

July 30, 2013: Scott Allan has been named chief marketing officer at AddThis. He had been senior vice president, global marketing at Rakuten LinkShare. (mb)

July 30, 2013: Cynnè Simpson has been named evening anchor at WAGA in Atlanta. She had been morning/noon anchor at WJLA in Washington, D.C. (TVSpy)

July 30, 2013: Tina Shively has been named freelance reporter at KVUE in Austin, Texas. She had been anchor/reporter at WROC in Rochester, N.Y. (TVSpy)

July 30, 2013: Briana Bermensolo has been named weekend weathercaster/weekday reporter at KREM in Spokane, Wash. She had been reporter/weekend weather forecaster at KION in Salinas, Calif. (TVSpy)

July 30, 2013: Andrew Capasso has been named general assignment reporter at WLTV in Jacksonville, Fla. He had been reporter/anchor/producer at WVLA in Baton Rouge, La. (TVSpy)

July 30, 2013: Shelby Croft has been named general assignment reporter at WBNS in Columbus, Ohio. She had been anchor/reporter at WISN in Milwaukee. (TVSpy)

July 30, 2013: Lindsay Bramson has been named investigative reporter at KXAN in Austin, Texas. She had been news reporter at KMOV in St. Louis. (TVSpy)

July 30, 2013: Cole Health has been named morning/noon anchor at WKBW in Buffalo, N.Y. He had been reporter at KREM in Spokane, Wash. (TVSpy)

July 30, 2013: Toni Valliere has been named weekend anchor at WISN in Milwaukee. She had been anchor at KSNF in Joplin, Mo. (TVSpy)

July 30, 2013: Craig Thomas has been named anchor at KOLD-KMSB in Tucson, Ariz. He had been morning breaking news anchor at WTOL in Toledo, Ohio. (TVSpy)

July 30, 2013: Josh Roe has been named evening anchor at WTVC in Chattanooga, Tenn. He had been morning/noon anchor at WWMT in Grand Rapids, Mich. (TVSpy)

July 30, 2013: Dave Froehlich has been named morning anchor at KTBC in Austin, Texas. He had been as anchor/reporter at KRIS in Corpus Christi, Texas. (TVSpy)

July 30, 2013: Chris Coffey has been named investigative reporter at WMAQ in Chicago. He had been investigative journalist at WVIT in Hartford, Conn. (TVSpy)

July 30, 2013: Rosa Flores has been named correspondent/substitute anchor at CNN. She had been anchor at WBRZ in Baton Rouge, La. (TVSpy)

July 29, 2013: Daniel Goldblatt has been named managing editor at He had been producer/coordinating producer at TMZ. (FishbowlNY)

July 29, 2013: Rick Folbaum has been named anchor at WFOR in Miami. He had been anchor at Fox News. (TVNewser)

July 29, 2013: Melissa Kramer has been named fashion director at ESSENCE. She had been creative director/producer at UPTOWN. (release)

July 29, 2013: Alex Studnicky has been named human resources generalist at Rubenstein Public Relations. He had been associate publicist there. (release)

July 29, 2013: David Chalian has been named supervising producer for "Crossfire" at CNN. He had been vice president, video programming at POLITICO. (TVNewser)

July 29, 2013: Todd Haskell has been named senior vice president/chief revenue officer at Hearst Magazines Digital Media. He had been vice president, advertising at The New York Times. (FishbowlNY)

July 29, 2013: Andrew Lack has been named chairman at Bloomberg Media Group. He had been CEO there. (TVNewser)

July 29, 2013: Justin Smith has been named CEO at Bloomberg Media Group. He had been president at Atlantic Media. (TVNewser)

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