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Bloomberg Hires New Global Head of Web

Paul Maya has been named global head of Bloomberg.com and Businessweek.com. Prior to, Maya was vice president, Technology at CNN Digital where he lead its digital technology strategy and product implementation.

In his role at Bloomberg, he will be responsible for the general management, strategic planning, and branding for the two consumer-facing websites. Maya will report to Andy Lack, CEO of Bloomberg Multimedia.

“We are delighted to welcome a creative thinker and proven strategist like Paul to Bloomberg,” said Lack.  ”His experience building digital businesses that integrate news, data and video will be enormously valuable as we continue to build out our next generation of global web products.”

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Exec Leaves ABC News Digital for Bloomberg TV

Andrew Morse has been named the new head of Bloomberg TV. Morse comes to Bloomberg from ABC News Digital, where he was Executive Producer of Innovation and Integration. At Bloomberg, Morse will be responsible for managing all programming, editorial content and operations for Bloomberg LP’s television station.

Morse will report to Andy Lack, CEO of Bloomberg Media Group. Lack said Morse is a welcome addition to the team.

“Andrew brings experience not only as an award-winning broadcast journalist, but in understanding the needs of today’s media organizations to deliver creative content to consumers across multiple platforms. As a producer, he’s created exciting, smart television for a global audience, making him an ideal fit as Bloomberg continues to build a world-class multimedia organization.”

Bloomberg L.P. Forms Bloomberg Media Group

Bloomberg LP has just announced the formation of Bloomberg Media Group, which will bring all of Bloomberg’s media properties under one (figurative) roof. Starting today, all business operations from Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Market, Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio, Bloomberg.com, and Bloomberg Mobile will be handled by the Bloomberg Media Group.

Paul Bascobert, who continues to serve as President of Businessweek, has been named Head of Business Operations, and will report to Bloomberg Media Group’s CEO Andy Lack.

This is just the latest move from Michael Bloomberg to push his influence beyond politics. Gathering all the media entities into one giant company certainly makes it easier to accomplish that goal. It also makes us think of Voltron, but you’re not here to read about cartoons featuring kids who piloted robot lions. Or are you…?

Lara Spencer, John Sykes & Dr. Ruth Ring in the Holidays

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— DIANE CLEHANE

I don’t know whether it was the wintry weather or the holiday decor, but the usual suspects were in a festive mood at Michael’s today. There were air kisses all around the dining room as the movers and shakers mingled while waiting for their lunch dates to arrive.  No sitting at the table glued to their iPhones today! So, rather than observe the random celebrity holding court (I’m really hoping to see Michael Douglas back here in fine form again soon), I watched the regulars launch into celebration mode by trading their ice teas for some red wine. ‘Tis the season!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The ‘Imber Gang’: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Andy Bergman and Jeff Greenfield

2. Bloomberg’s Andy Lack

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong, who is just back from London, was pulling a double shift by  having two back-to-back lunches. “I’ll have to do double duty through Christmas to catch up!” Joe told me. His noon-time date was O magazine’s  book guru Sara NelsonKerry Kennedy arrived for Act Two.

4. Uber agent Esther Newberg and a sunny looking blonde gal we didn’t recognize.

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Exclusive: Veteran Anchor Mike Schneider Discusses His Time at Bloomberg

mike schnieder4.jpgBetween February 3 and 4 of 2009, more than 100 Bloomberg Radio and TV staffers were laid off at their world headquarters in New York.

It was an unprecedented move for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s financial news outlet, with no layoffs in the company’s previous 28 years of existence.

One of those people sent packing was notable news anchor Mike Schneider. Schneider granted FishbowlNY an exclusive interview–his first since leaving Bloomberg LP.

“The night before it happened I actually looked at Norm Barnett [6pm producer] and I said, ‘I’ll see you tomorrow.’”

Barnett’s response, according to Schneider, “You think so?”

Both men laughed knowing what the next day would likely bring.

When the next day arrived, as anticipated, Schneider had an impromptu meeting with Andy Lack [chief executive for multimedia unit].

“I knew what was coming by the time I went up to discuss it with him,” Schneider recalls.

His first words after Lack informed him were “These things are never pretty.”

To which, according to Schneider, Lack replied, “No, they’re not.”

“He [Lack] was very respectful of me, and I harbor no hard feelings, whatsoever,” Schneider says. “He’s got a job to do over there, and he felt that these things were necessary.”

Looking back at the events of 18 months ago, Schneider brings his signature gravitas to the situation.

“I’ve been in this business for three decades. I’ve seen cutbacks come in every decade,” Schneider says. “With what was going on on Wall Street, and with the fact that leadership had changed at Bloomberg in order to try to deal with the new realities of the business world…I wasn’t surprised.”

But the veteran newsman was concerned for his talented friends who joined him on the unemployment line.

“A lot of the people with whom I worked that got laid off were, and are, very good people,” Schneider says. “Nobody likes to see good people get hurt.”

After the jump, Schneider discusses why he’d enjoy a return to Bloomberg.

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