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Candy Crowley to Leave CNN After 27 Years

CandyCrowley304After 27 years at CNN, veteran political correspondent and “State of the Union” host, Candy Crowley, is leaving the network.

“[I]t is with mixed emotions, that I wanted to let you know that Candy has let us know that she has made the decision to move on, so she can embark on the next chapter of her already prolific career,” CNN president Jeff Zucker wrote in a staff memo first obtained by TVNewser. “As difficult as it is for us to imagine CNN without Candy, we know that she comes to this decision thoughtfully, and she has our full support.”

Crowley’s career at CNN began in 1987 as a political correspondent, where she covered a handful of successful and unsuccessful presidential campaigns including those of Pat Buchanan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney, among others.  In 2012, she became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate. Read more

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Three Execs Upped at CNN

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Jeff Zucker shared with the network today news of a new leadership structure for CNN Digital — arguably the fastest growing division of the global media organization.  It seems Andrew Morse — the feisty former Bloomberg exec who joined the network last summer — will add to his full plate GM responsibilities for CNN Digital, globally.  Morse already oversees all domestic newsgathering – including CNN Digital editorial, as well as programming out of the Washington bureau.  This move solidifies Morse’s spot at the top of the network totem pole.

Meredith Artley is also getting a big bump, moving from managing editor of CNN.com to Editor-in-chief of CNN Digital.  The promotion will make Artley the worldwide edit lead for CNN’s web, mobile and  social products and platforms.  Joining Artley and Morse at the top of the Digital org chart is Alex Wellen.  The former DC bureau producer has made great strides since making the long move to Atlanta. Currently a VP in the network’s digital shop and the brains behind CNNgo – the tricked out app that launched earlier this year, Wellen has been named Chief Product Officer – the network’s first.

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 10.7.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

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Fishbowl Five with CNN’s Rachel Smolkin

Rachel SmolkinIn July, CNN announced the hire of Rachel Smolkin as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital. Smolkin came to CNN from POLITICO where she served as managing editor of news.

At the time of her hire, managing editor of CNN Digital Meredith Artley said that Smolkin was brought on to make its work “bolder, buzzier and more essential to audiences in and outside of the beltway.”

FishbowlDC recently chatted with Smolkin, who’s almost two months in, on CNN’s latest hires, coverage for the midterm elections, and of course, her CNN work crush.

 
FishbowlDC: You’re on a hiring spree at CNN – what key journalistic qualities are you looking for in building your digital politics team?

Rachel Smolkin: ”I am so excited to build this great team. We’ve made terrific hires already, with many more to come. I’m looking for smart, original thinkers who want to create memorable work and experiment with their storytelling; for beautiful writers and sharp editors of both text and video; for journalists who can spot news but also know how to separate themselves from the pack. I want to bring together people who are eager to work as a team and to take full advantage of the amazing platform that CNN offers.”

 
FishbowlDC: We’re headed into midterms and you were with POLITICO, one of the biggest names in political news. What drew you to CNN?

Rachel Smolkin: ”I loved the idea of creating something new — a political news start-up, backed by the incredible talent and resources of CNN. The digital space is getting more crowded, and that’s challenging us as journalists to keep innovating. The most powerful, most beautifully told stories are still able to break through the clutter — and those should be a combination of the best traditional and emerging storytelling techniques in text, video and social media. In just a few weeks, we’ve already launched Peter Hamby’s Hambycast, and we’re looking forward to more exciting coverage in the weeks and months ahead.” Read more

Turner Offers Voluntary Separation Plan; ‘Will also undertake additional reductions in staffing’

sidebar_contact_us_1Anxious employees at CNN, including those in DC, have been bracing for the worst amid hints of massive layoffs slated for the outlet. Today, Turner sent out an email to staff across all of its brands offering a Voluntary Separation Program to employees 55 and over who have worked for Turner for 10+ years.

Capital New York reported last week that Turner CEO John Martin explained his “Turner 2020″ plan in a memo, saying, “A core team of our colleagues has looked at the purpose, structure and fit of literally every department in the company—more than 700 in all…Division leaders now are reviewing the working groups’ reports on their respective areas of oversight. Over the coming weeks, they will work with me to finalize the organizational changes we will implement.”

CNN president Jeff Zucker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that, “we are going to have to do what we do with less.”

Today’s memo, sent by Turner’s chief human resources officer, confirms measures beyond the voluntary buyouts are to be expected.

See the full memo after the jump. Read more

‘Meet the Press’ Host David Gregory Rumored to Have Met With CNN Last Thursday

Gregory_1.22While questions have been raised whether NBC “Meet the Press’ ” David Gregory will remain host of the Sunday morning show, “Page Six” reports Gregory met with CNN on Thursday.

The New York Post piece goes on to explain Gregory and CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker‘s decades-long professional relationship and personal friendship and quotes a source saying that “CNN is ‘currently testing for a prime-time pilot that could be perfect for David’.”

“Page Six” reported last month:

“Viewership is down a whopping 43 percent compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator’s chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” in the second quarter of 2014.”

For more, click on over to Page Six.

POLITICO’s Rachel Smolkin to Join CNN as Executive Editor of CNN Politics Digital

Rachel SmolkinAn email to CNN staff this morning announced that POLITICO managing editor for news Rachel Smolkin is headed to the network to serve as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital. In this role, she’ll lead CNNPolitics.com across all platforms in an effort to make its work “bolder, buzzier and more essential to audiences in and outside of the beltway.”

In lieu of a press release, CNN lately has been doing a Q&A with new hires. Check it out to hear from Smolkin on the best career advice she’s ever received, what drew her to politics, and the biggest challenge of covering Washington.

Smolkin’s last day at POLITICO is slated for August 8 and will start with CNN in mid-August. Prior to POLITICO, she was an assignment editor at USA Today.

See managing editor of CNN Digital Meredith Artley‘s email to staff after the jump. Read more

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 6.20.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories across Mediabistro.

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Hey, Isn’t That…

10355501_10152425784342789_2065361057743476583_oHey isn’t that former TVNewser editor now host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Brian Stelter and former FishbowlDC editor turned publicist for CNN Worldwide Matt Dornic at yesterday’s closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange? It is!

Stelter and Dornic joined CNN President Jeff Zucker, CNN’s new VP of CNNMoney and Politics Ed O’Keefe, and international business correspondent Richard Quest, among others, to close yesterday’s stock exchange and to commemorate the relaunch of CNNMoney, a now fully-owned CNN Worldwide property following Time Warner’s spinoff of Time Inc.

Way to go!

Click through for CNN’s look behind the scenes. Read more

MEMO: CNN’s Jeff Zucker “Proud” to Work at CNN

In an internal memo to CNN and HLN staff this afternoon, CNN President Jeff Zucker explains how proud he is to work at the network. Following this week’s launch of the new CNN original series “The Sixties,” Zucker highlights the network’s reporting on the VA scandal and names Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine as instrumental to the outlet’s success.

“CNN is evolving. Our commitment to news, investigative journalism and inspired storytelling is what we are all about.

Read the internal memo after the jump. Read more

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