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CQ Roll Call Biz Side Implodes

CQ Roll Call called an all hands sales meeting at approximately 6:30 a.m. for every rep in the office, FishbowlDC has learned. They were told to cancel all appointments for the day.

At the meeting, CQ Roll Call Senior V.P. Jim Gale told the entire sales team that they ran out of money and that they cannot pay them for February or March. In layman’s terms, ads and sales reps have their comp plans based on certain numbers, which usually include a commission on their sales. So if they are trying to pay less, they may remove commission on sales, or say no commission for the month.

Though we received information about the general news at least a week ago, a second email about the morning meeting came in today. It isn’t clear whether the early morning meeting with reps occurred this morning or on another morning in the past two weeks. We’re told the Ads department is next on the chopping block.

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Rashbass Shuffles CQ Roll Call Ad Group…Again

When CQ Roll Call’s Laurie Battaglia was fired in February, the Economist Group positioned her departure as a job elimination due to their strategy to separate the advertising department from circulation sales.  In a memo to staff, Economist Group CEO Andrew Rashbass announced that Publisher Mark Walters and the organization’s ad folks would be reporting to Paul Rossi at the group’s parent company.  But Rashbass’s strategy was either short-lived or just an excuse to show Battaglia the door because the organizational hierarchy is right back to the way it was prior to her termination.

In an internal memo today, Rashbass shifted responsibility for Walters and his team back to CQ Roll Call, under new Managing Director Keith White‘s watchful eye:

“Dear all

I am delighted to announce that with immediate effect, Keith White will be responsible for all of CQ Roll Call. Since January, Mark Walters and the advertising side of the business have reported to Paul Rossi, EVP & Managing Director – Americas. Mark will now report to Keith. Keith also joins the GMC (Group Management Committee).

I should like to thank Paul for his help with CQ Roll Call advertising over the past nine months. He has provided his usual exceptional vision and inspiration and along with Mark and his team has reestablished our leadership in the DC advertising market.

Please join me in congratulating Keith on his promotion.

Best wishes,  Andrew”

Roll Call Seeks to Rebuild Image

When a publication loses some 15 people, including a beloved editor, a deputy editor and the head of ad sales in a seven-month time span, it ceases to be right or accurate to say that it  is undergoing a transition. Or, to reason that this is the topsy turvy, fluctuating world of  journalism these days.

At the time of then-Editor Charlie Mitchell‘s sudden departure last fall, Editorial Director Mike Mills said they had “concluded together” that this was the best way to proceed. Former Roll Call reporter Tory Newmyer, now at Fortune Magazine, voiced  online what so many Roll Call reporters felt then and now: “Terrible move, CQ overlords. Mitchell = 1st rate editor, world class human.”

But like many editors who must go back to ground level and find steady footing, it’s an “exciting” time. Roll Call‘s Editor Scott Montgomery is no exception: “People are still excited. I am excited. We still have some challenges to get through before we fill these jobs. But it’s kind of cool to think about remaking things and taking Roll Call forward.”

As management dusts itself off after an intense exodus of resignations and otherwise forced departures, top brass find themselves in an introspective process of rebuilding and figuring out just where to move from here. Long known as the stalwart figure amongst Washington’s Hill publications, Roll Call rests on that historical description and maybe a little too much. In a phone interview with Montgomery on Tuesday morning, FishbowlDC learned vaguely about where this relatively new editor wants to take the newspaper in the coming months. But specifics? He hesitated for fear of the competition getting too much information. Among the things we do know: Roll Call is one week out of its so-called one-month hiring freeze implemented company-wide by The Economist Group. Montgomery announced that they are looking to add at least three senior editors and five new reporters to its editorial team, which is roughly half of what they’ve lost.

As of late, management has made some unusual hiring moves, or rehiring as the case may be. For one thing, they brought back Shira Toeplitz, who spent a year at Politico before realizing that maybe the grass isn’t always greener type of thing. And today, they’re playing up yet another return: a former intern who has spent the past few years working on the desk of the NYT.

“What we need, it’s not magic,” Montgomery said in our talk. “Roll Call has a great reputation, a great history. It still is the newspaper of Capitol Hill and is still seen that way. We need to continue to do that. We know who our audience is. We know who we are. So my goal is fairly straightforward — to do what Roll Call is known for. We cover the Hill. We cover members. We cover leadership. We cover those staffs. The professional community of Capitol Hill. That’s who are readers are, that’s who we’re there for, and we like that.”

And yet, the chatter in media and staff circles is that HOH, the famed gossip column, isn’t what it was even weeks and months ago when Emily Heil still ran it and when Elizabeth Brotherton was still on board. And Around the Hill has gone a little, well, over the Hill and around the bend. What does Montgomery say to critics and doubters? “I can’t answer that directly because I’ve only been here a few months myself,” he said. “There’s no doubt the environment is very different from what it was. Roll Call can’t be what it was five or ten years ago and expect to prosper. It’s not about whether people think we’ve lost a step, but it’s about the steps we take forward. We need to be a must-read for people. We need to make sure that they are rewarded every time they do.”

On the subject of HOH, Montgomery concedes that there must be a shift toward Capitol Hill and away from the party scene. The parties won’t be abandoned, mind you, but he thinks the column needs some “reporting heft.” He explained,  “I want to bring on a smart person who is sourced on Capitol Hill and can bring a level of newsiness, a saucy newsiness.” Around the Hill is here to stay, he insisted, saying that it is something for which the publication is known. “It’s a big part of what distinguishes us from our competitors, and that needs to continue,” he said.

More on Montgomery’s intentions…

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CQ Roll Call Forges Ahead Amidst Major Changes

All eyes are on CQ Roll Call Associate Director Keith White to step into the shoes of Managing Director and Executive V.P. Laurie Battaglia. Battaglia’s sudden departure from CQ Roll Call was announced Tuesday. She had been with the company for 23 years.

“It’s been a great time,” Battaglia said by phone Wednesday afternoon, saying she felt she wanted to keep things positive. “The people are fantastic. Sometimes it’s just time to move on.”

White has made it clear he wants her position. The search is underway, but if The Economist Group’s CEO Andrew Rashbass agrees, it’s his. It was Rashbass who tipped employees off that White is up for the job. FishbowlDC has requested comment from White.

Battaglia has not announced where she will go next. “I don’t think she has laid her plans out yet,” said Editorial Director Mike Mills in a phone interview with FishbowlDC Tuesday afternoon, who said Battaglia’s departure “seemed sudden,” but “wasn’t as sudden as it seemed. I think it sort of crept up on everybody.”

Mills said he was not involved in Battaglia’s departure, though it is clear he was heavily involved in Editor Charlie Mitchell leaving the publication last fall, a move that triggered much grief throughout the newsroom. “I was not a part of any negotiation,” Mills said with a sigh that sounded like relief. “Refreshingly distant on the editorial side.”

He sung Battaglia’s praises effusively. “I gotta say though, I’m really going to miss Laurie,” he said. “She has been a terrific boss and a legendary leader over these 23 years.” He said he had spoken to her since the news, but didn’t want to characterize the conversation or say whether she was upset. “I can’t say enough about how much she brought to the company. The Economist gets  a third of its profits from CQ Roll Call. That was all her. She was a pioneer int his market. She has also been an inspiration as a woman leader. We just celebrated her being chosen as women who mean business by the Washington Business Journal a few months ago. Obviously I wish her the best and we’re friends and we’re going to continue to be friends. I’m very, very sad to see her leaving. She always wants what’s best for the company. I just feel badly.”

Editorial staff, meanwhile, was shocked by the news…

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Battaglia Leaves Roll Call

An internal memo from Andrew Rashbass, Chief Executive of The Economist Group, which owns CQ Roll Call, announces that longtime Managing Director of CQ Roll Call Laurie Battaglia is leaving the company. Staff learned the news just moments ago.

See the internal memo…

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Two Upped at CQ Roll Call

This afternoon Laurie Battaglia announced the promotions of two folks from the business side of CQ Roll CallKeith White has been named SVP and Publisher of Premium Services and Mark Walters will become SVP and Group Publisher overseeing CQ Weekly, CQ Today and Roll Call.  Battaglia’s memo below:

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Keith White will take on the role of SVP and Publisher of Premium Services. He will assume ownership of leveraging the strategies that will help grow our current premium digital products, which includes CQ.com, Capwiz, the specialty publications and Knowlegis.

Mark Walters will become SVP and Group Publisher, with responsibility for CQ Weekly, CQ Today, Roll Call, and our new free websites. Like Keith, he will take responsibility for driving growth strategies for these publications, in conjunction with editorial.

As most of you know, I’m a big believer that ownership always yields the best results, so I’m very excited about these changes as I believe they will help drive the best results both in business and in editorial.  Please welcome me in congratulating Keith and Mark in their newly enhanced roles.

Laurie Battaglia

EVP and Managing Director

CQ Roll Call

CQ Roll Call Adds Newsletter, Logo; Drops Hyphen, Group

In a memo today, Laurie Battaglia thanked the CQ Roll Call staff for their hard work during the midterms, the refreshed RollCall.com website and the launch of a free daily e-mail newsletter by David Hawkings, called ”CQ Roll Call’s Daily Briefing.”  

Additionally, Battaglia distributed gifts carrying the new combined CQ Roll Call logo – you’ll notice that they opted for a bumblebee look (I kid) while dropping the hyphen and “Group” from the company’s brand.  

Sign up for Hawkings’ new newser here,  more about the combined company here, and Battaglia’s full memo after the jump. 

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CQ & Roll Call to Shack Up Together

CQ and Roll Call are finally taking their relationship to the next level – the two organizations are moving in together.  In a memo to staff, CQ-Roll Call Managing Director Laurie Battaglia annonced that she has signed a lease at 77K St. NE where both publications will live happily together under one roof.  Battaglia said that the move “signifies The Economist Group’s commitment to CQ-Roll Call.” 

The move will happen in phases beginning in November and ending around Easter of 2011.  See the full memo after the jump. 

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CQ-Roll Call Names New Senior V.P. of Advertising

This just in…

CQ-Roll Call has announced this morning that the publication has named Mark Walters as its new senior V.P. of Advertising. Walters begins July 7.

“Hiring Mark is a strategic coup,” said the publication’s managing director Laurie Battaglia in a statement.

Waters’ past: Walters comes to CQ-Roll Call from D & B Digiital, a division of Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. Before that, he was associate publisher of online publishing for Newsweek.

CQ-Roll Call: A Personnel Update

From: Laurie Battaglia
To: CQ-RollCall-All Sent: Fri Mar 19, 2010
Subject: Advertising Announcement; We’ve got several people announcements to make in advertising.

Here goes: I’m thrilled to announce that Kelly Lindner will be rejoining CQ-Roll Call on Monday, March 22nd as our new VP of Events and Consumer Advertising. Kelly was one of the bright stars in advertising at Roll Call, where she initially began in consumer sales, and then moved into corporate and advocacy sales. We are incredibly lucky to have her back in Washington. Unfortunately, that means Connie Witherspoon is leaving. Both she and Holly Maine will be joining Victoria Monroe at National Journal. Holly’s last day was this past Wednesday, March 17th, and Connie will be departing next Friday.

Cliff McKinney will become Vice President, National Advertising Sales. In addition to his current role of managing national print operations, he will assume Holly’s online role as well.

Joining Kelly will be Marie Kilroy, who will be moving from her role in advertising marketing (and events) to consumer advertising. For those of you who know Marie we’re very excited to have her move into this new role.

We are planning a renewed focus on the consumer side of the business, from retail to classifieds, so look for more details as we move forward on this initiative. Subi Issa will be taking on a newly created role Operations. Creating a stronger infrastructure is key to our continued success and growth, and this new role has been created to do just that.

Our traffic team will now grow to four, relieving the burden that has been placed on the team, which currently includes Subi, Laura Weeda, and Christina Chao.

Please join me in congratulating the team as they move into new roles and welcoming Kelly on her return this coming Monday. And as always, if you have any questions, please ask.

Laurie Battaglia, EVP and Managing Director CQ-Roll Call Group

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