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Archives: February 2012

Forbes Announces a Pair of Senior Promotions

Forbes today announced the promotions of Meredith Kopit Levien to chief revenue officer, and Mark Howard to the new position of Senior Vice President of Digital Advertising Strategy.

Levien joined Forbes four years ago and was most recently SVP/group publisher.  In her new role, she will be responsible for the entire U.S. and European digital and print sales organization.  As for Howard,  he will head up digital ad strategy, focusing on leading the introduction of the highly innovative advertising products to the marketplace.  Previously he was SVP of Digital Ad Sales.

“Meredith is well-known and well-respected in the marketplace, and her sales and business management skills will propel us to new heights in 2012 and beyond,” said Mike Perlis, Forbes Media president and CEO.  “Mark’s deep experience makes him supremely qualified for his new role.”

Forbes Media encompasses Forbes and Forbes.com, the leading business site on the Web that reaches on average 27 million people monthly.

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Sports Illustrated Drops the Hammer on UCLA

If you’ve wondered why the UCLA men’s basketball program has fallen from grace the last three seasons, George Dohrmann of Sports Illustrated has discovered the possible answer.

The Ben Howland regime in Westwood has been filled with rampant fighting, drinking and drug use — all while the head coach looked the other way a majority of the time.

Dohrmann spoke to dozens of players and former staff members from the last four seasons. But the true star in this lengthy piece is former Bruin Reeves Nelson:

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James Murdoch Steps Down from News International

The fallout from the phone hacking scandal finally claimed James Murdoch. We had been wondering for months when it would happen, and now that day is here: According to The Guardian, Murdoch is stepping down as Executive Chairman of News International.

Murdoch will, however, continue on at News Corp., but his days among newspapers are over. We’re guessing that Murdoch isn’t too upset about this move.

Tom Mockridge, CEO of News International, will be continuing on at News International, effectively taking James’ place.

News Corporation issued the following statement about Murdoch’s resignation:

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Newspaper Reveals How Norway Short-Changed the Oscars

It’s a good thing Terry and Oorlagh George‘s The Shore won Best Short Film (Live Action) at this past Sunday’s Academy Awards rather than Norway’s Tuba Atlantic. Turns out the latter would have eventually been disqualified.

Per a report by Norwegian newspaper Afterposten (translated by newsinenglish.no), the student film–made by Hallvar Witzø while attending the Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer–broke a strict category rule when it was aired on NRK2 TV in 2010. It aired a second time on NRK, right before the Oscars:

[Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences administrator Torene] Svitil said she was “astonished” that “the filmmaker said the Academy knew about the television broadcast. This is certainly not the case as far as I know.”

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Men’s Journal Names New Publisher

In late January, Michael Wolfe, Publisher of Men’s Journal, left the magazine for The Week. Since then there has been a void at Men’s Journal, but it has now been filled: Chris McLoughlin has been named Publisher.

McLoughlin comes to Men’s Journal from Redbook, where he served as Associate Publisher since 2009.

Prior to Redbook McLoughlin worked at Condé Nast as Executive Director, Sales and Marketing of GolfDigest.com, Publisher of Golf for Women, Associate Publisher of Condé Nast Traveler and Associate Publisher of Golf Digest.

Mike Catherwood Would Love to Replace Regis

Los Angelenos are probably familiar with “Psycho” Mike Catherwood, the former assistant producer of the Kevin & Bean show on KROQ and host of Loveline with Dr. Drew Pinsky.

But the 32-year-old bachelor developed quite the national following last year after appearing as a contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and filling in for Regis Philbin.

With Philbin’s full-time replacement still in limbo, Catherwood would still love to replace the man he dubs, “the Babe Ruth of broadcast TV.”

“From a broadcast standpoint, that’s a dream job,” Catherwood told FishbowlLA.” He’s such a professional and has been for more time than I’ve been on this planet. I would love to do that gig. I don’t hold much hope that I would be selected, but I would love to do it.”

For more on Catherwood’s long road to sobriety and his pledge to only buy domestic goods in 2012, check out, “So What Do You Do, Mike Catherwood, Host of Loveline?”

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Sara Lee Kessler Exits FM News 101.9/WEMP

Change is in the air and on the air at the upstart newser 101.9/WEMP. FishbowlNY has learned that veteran broadcaster Sara Lee Kessler has left the station. Kessler, best known for her long-running stint as WWOR/Channel 9 anchor, had been a reporter for WEMP since its inception in August.

One source tells FishbowlNY that Kessler is among several staffers that may be let go due to “outs” in their contracts as Merlin Media is now in a cutback mode.

However, another person with knowledge of the situation was not familiar with any personnel changes, other than Kessler. Additionally, that person could not confirm if Kessler left on her own volition or was squeezed out.

There’s been turmoil at WEMP since signing on last summer. The station has struggled mightily to find an audience, which led to the ouster of VP of programming Liz Aiello earlier this year and COO Walter Sabo in December.

Last week, Randy Michaels and Merlin began the march toward the future, naming Eric Seidel interim program director.

WEMP inched ahead in the January Arbitron ratings to a .7.

Update: FishbowlNY has confirmed that evening anchor Maureen Langan and reporter Bob Brown have also left the station.

Communications Head from News Corp. Moves On to Time Inc.

Another News Corp. executive gets out of Dodge.

Time Inc.  has appointed Teri Everett as executive vice president of corporate communications, effective March 5. In this role, Everett will manage all aspects of corporate communications for the company, including media relations and publicity, executive and employee communications, corporate philanthropy, government affairs and social responsibility. Everett will report to Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang.

Everett was formerly the senior vice president of corporate affairs and corporate communications of News Corp. where she ran the company’s global corporate affairs and communications efforts, including social responsibility, since December 2009. She had been at the company since 2000.

“Teri is well-known throughout the media industry as a premier communications strategist and trusted advisor,” said Lang.  “One of our priorities is to create a transparent, open dialogue about Time Inc.’s goals and strategies both within the company and to our external constituents.  Teri’s honest and direct approach and strong track record make her the ideal executive to lead our communications efforts.”

We would comment, but we’ll refrain.

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