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Posts Tagged ‘Don Baptiste’

Policy Coverage Tilts to Politico

It’s never a good sign when someone in charge of an effort leaves. On Friday BGOV’s balloon appeared to deflate as Bloomberg’s Chris Walters left the news outlet to be Chief Operating Officer for the Weather Channel. He joined Bloomberg in 2008.

Meanwhile, today Politico announced the launch of Politico Pro-Transportation and Infrastructure next month. The initiative promises to produce “minute to minute human intelligence” on these issues. Brass says more surprises are on the way, meaning more coverage and purportedly more hires.

In an internal memo to staff from Executive Editor Jim VandeHei writes, “That’s not the kind of news most publications are making these days; the storyline is usually about cutbacks or layoffs or buyouts. But we’re bullish on growing POLITICO, both our core publication and PRO.” In the note he spells out why he thinks Pro has been successful. Also see the note from Politico Pro Editor Tim Grieve to subscribers in which he says anyone who cares about the industry reads their product…

We’ve reached out to Bloomberg for more details on what they have in store…Update: Don Baptiste took over BGOV six months ago. Walters still oversaw the whole operation.

See the full memo…

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Bloomberg’s “BGov” Details Begin to Surface

Bloomberg News still isn’t talking about the development of their new product, designed to take on The Hill, CQ-Roll Call and other Cap Hill pubs but details about the venture have started seeping out since FishbowlDC first reported this afternoon.

Sources at the organization say the initiative is being overseen by execs Chris Walters and Don Baptiste who have traveling to Washington on a weekly basis. Additionally, Chris Roush from UNC’s “Talking Biz News” tells us that the project is expected to have a $100 million budget, will create 40-50 editorial positions and is being referred to as “BGov” internally.