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CQ Roll Call Acquires Federal News Service

Earlier today, CQ Roll Call announced the acquisition of the Federal News Service (FNS) business from The Dolan Company. FNS is a DC-based company, founded in 1985 and purchased by The Dolan Company in 2010, that provides verbatim transcripts, in real time, on their website, www.fednews.com.

CQ Roll Call Executive Vice President and Managing Director Keith White stated, “there are primary sources of information that have not yet been digitized, not yet made available to those who are serious about understanding and influencing policy formation,” he continued, “This acquisition will allow us to expand that body of coverage, giving the world increased access to what policy makers say as they vote, amend, argue and more. And this would not have been possible without our long-term partners, ASC.”

The addition of FNS transcription products to CQ Roll Coll will allow for coverage of more speeches, hearings, interviews and newsworthy events. An official press release from CQ Roll Call read, “On-demand transcription services also will be expanded, solidifying CQ Roll Call’s position in Washington as the best source for quick and accurate transcripts for every type of event. Current FNS clients will see no interruption in coverage, as CQ Roll Call will maintain the FNS websites along with all currently available information.”

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CQ Roll Call Restructure Part Deux

An internal memo from Managing Editor Keith White on the restructure at CQ Roll Call reveals more changes. We already reported on David Rapp‘s promotion to the newly created Chief Content Officer position, but it seems there’s much more to the restructure as well. The unifying theme is a regrouping of resources based on function as opposed to separate business focuses. We also previously reported that VP of Marketing Valerie Voci had been moved to an advisory role. The memo reveals that this is a temporary position, as Voci will be leaving CQ Roll Call shortly to “return to running her own business.”

Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Engagement Peter Anthony has been named Chief Product Officer, overseeing a new combined product and IT team. Anthony will be tasked with developing and designing new products for CQ Roll Call, and identifying new potential markets for new and existing products. Former CTO Dennis Arndt will be advising Anthony, as well as other company leadership, in his new roll.

Meg Hargreaves has also been named Chief Retention Officer and Rick Rockelli is the head of a new, unified Sales and Circulation Marketing team. Read the whole memo after the jump.

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A Sneak Peek at Roll Call’s New Name Plate

Leaked to FishbowlDC: a picture of the new nameplate for Roll Call that come November will combine Roll Call and and CQ Today and an internal memo laying out more details about it. The NYT broke the news Sunday night that on Nov. 13 Roll Call and CQ Today will officially combine their print operations into Roll Call. CQ Today stories will continue to appear online, but not under that name specifically; it will no longer be in print and online it will be cq.com, CQ Weekly.

While it isn’t clear whether the name plate will be used for both the online and print versions, the internal memo says it is for “RollCall.com” and publicist Rebecca Gale called it a “working draft only” for the upcoming print merger.

For several months we’ve been bringing you backgrounders on the inside meetings and process leading up to the merging of CQ and Roll Call as well as the more recent news of massive layoffs. Roll Call and CQ will continue to operate their respective online publications such as CQ Weekly and other features.

See the internal memo sent to staff that they wanted kept “under wraps” …

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