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Source: Tina Brown Gunning for Editor-in-Chief Spot at Newsweek

tinabrown08282010.jpgUpdate:Well, it looks like The Daily Beast editor Tina Brown got a reprieve from the task of enrolling her daughter in college. She sent us this statement through a spokesperson:

I love my partnership with Barry Diller, the vibrance of the Web, and The Daily Beast, which has grown beyond our wildest hopes of two years ago. I have no intention of leaving.

So if Brown ever was looking for the top Newsweek gig, she isn’t anymore.

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A source tells FishbowlNY that Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast, has thrown her hat into the ring for the editor-in-chief job at Newsweek.

This is interesting, since we hear Brown is still under contract with The Daily Beast. It certainly would be odd for her to be shopping for a new employer if she’s legally required to stay with Daily Beast parent IAC.

The search for a new top editor at Newsweek still looks wide open following Jon Meacham‘s announcement that he’ll be stepping down as soon as new owner Sidney Harman finds a replacement. Potential replacements have so far shied away. Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria is going to Time, and former Time editor and friend of Harman Walter Isaacson has publicly quashed rumors that he would succeed Meacham.

From Brown’s point of view, such a move might make sense. She’s done an impressive tour of duty among top U.S. magazines including Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, and a few years ago cast her eye on Newsweek‘s arch-rival. During the hunt for a new managing editor at Time before the Rick Stengel era began, Brown was in the hunt for that gig, according to New York magazine.

A Daily Beast spokesperson tells FishbowlNY, “Tina is enrolling her daughter at Harvard University this weekend and is unavailable for comment.” We have also asked about Brown’s contract situation at Daily Beast parent IAC/Interactive, and haven’t yet heard back about that.

A Newsweek spokesperson declined to comment on the editorial succession.

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