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CQ-Roll Call Group Freezing Out Bloomberg

ice-cubes.jpgRelations are getting icy between Bloomberg News and CQ-Roll Call Group.

A source at Bloomberg is saying that the CQ-Roll Call Group has refused to renew Bloomberg’s subscriptions to CQ’s congressional reporting services because, according to the source, “they now consider us a competitor.”

Access to CQ’s subscription-only services are considered must haves by many political journalists who rely on their legislative tracking, transcripts, and government documents to augment reporters’ work.

CQ-Roll Call Group would neither confirm nor deny that they had cut off Bloomberg’s subscription. But say sources, the freeze-out is the latest move in an underground battle playing out between Bloomberg and the recently merged publications formerly known as Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call, over Bloomberg’s plans to debut a congressional news service to compete with Capitol Hill publications, including CQ-Roll Call Group.

The top-secret Bloomberg project is known internally as BGov. Bloomberg sources say it will be devoted exclusively to tracking and covering Capitol Hill news. As FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic has reported, the BGov project is expected to have a $100 million budget, and will create 40-50 editorial positions.

Bloomberg is keeping mum about the initiative, but hiring patterns appear to confirm the reports. In the past two months alone, the New York-based business news giant has poached healthcare reporter Drew Armstrong, banking/financial services policy reporter Phil Mattingly, and saleswoman Joanna Matthews from CQ. Bloomberg also convinced former CQ chief executive officer Bob Merry to join the board of advisors of BGov, as previously reported by FishbowlDC.

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Bloomberg Snags CQ‘s Armstrong

In an email to CQ staff, it was announced that Drew Armstrong has taken a new gig at Bloomberg:

Drew’s been a main player on the team that has worked so continuously and intensively to keep CQ’s coverage of health care way ahead of the competition. He’s been on the beat for us for the past four years, breaking news, writing analysis and doing some really fine Weekly stories as well. We’ll miss his collaborative spirit and his smart thinking about stories.

Armstrong’s last day at CQ is February 19th.

C-SPAN’S “Washington Journal” Early Thursday

tv-9.jpeg“Washington Journal” will begin earlier on Thursday morning at 6:30 a.m. instead of 7a.m. due to the scheduled health care vote at 7 a.m.
The guest: CQ’s Drew Armstrong
The Senate health care vote may be watched on C-SPAN 2 at 7 a.m. Thursday.

FishbookDC: Remaining Candidates Revealed

Cutest Couple
CNN’s Dana Bash & John King
Examiner’s Kiki Ryan & Bloomberg’s Tim Burger
Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman & MSNBC’s David Shuster
Politico’s Vandeharris
CBS’ Bob Schieffer & Kaylee Hartung
NPR’s Geoff Bennett & People/HuffPo’s Beth Perry
WaPo’s Mary Ann Akers and Newsweek’s Mike Isikoff
Roll Call’s Elizabeth Brotherton & TWT’s Sonny Bunch
CQ-RC Group’s Drew Armstrong and Marie Kilroy
Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich & The Hill’s Jared Allen

Biggest Heartthrob
The Ladies
Brianna Keilar, CNN
Amy Argetsinger, WaPo
Lara Logan, CBS
Angie Goff, WUSA-9

The Guys
Luke Russert, NBC
Dan Zak, WaPo
Rich Edson, Fox Business
Philip Stewart,News Channel 8 and ABC
Clinton Yates, Express
Phil Mattingly, CQ
Matt Neufeld,Carroll Publishing
Jeff Zeleny, NYT

Biggest Rebel
John Stanton, Roll Call
David Shuster, MSNBC
Julie Mason, Examiner
Joe Curl, TWT
Ryan Grimm, HuffPo

Hardest Working
Wolf Blitzer, CNN
Helen Thomas
Andrea Mitchell, NBC
Shira Toeplitz, Roll Call
George Stephanopoulos, ABC

Class Clown
Dana Milbank, WaPo
Matt Cooper, TPM
Liz Glover, TWT
Craig Crawford, CQ
NBC’s Domenico Montanaro & Andy Gross
John Dickerson, Slate