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Jarl Mohn Becomes NPR President and CEO (FishbowlDC)
The board of directors of NPR announced Friday that it has selected Jarl Mohn to become its next president and chief executive officer. WSJ Mohn is becoming the fifth leader in a five-year stretch marred by scandal and financial woes. Mohn hails from a flashier background than some of his predecessors at NPR. He spent years as a radio DJ, under the pseudonym Lee Masters, and served as an executive at MTV and VH1 before creating and running E! Entertainment Television. He subsequently served as chief executive of Liberty Digital Inc., a subsidiary of Liberty Media Group focused on interactive and cable television. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Mohn, who currently serves as chairman of Southern California Public Radio, will begin his tenure as CEO on July 1. He was recruited by acting CEO Paul Haaga, who had been running the network since September after the unexpected resignation of Gary Knell, who left to join National Geographic. Deadline New York Knell left NPR after 21 months on the job, succeeding Vivian Schiller, who was forced to resign over a string of controversies. In September NPR hoped to cut its staff by 10 percent by offering staffers a voluntary buyout. It was part of a two-year plan to eliminate an operating cash deficit expected to hit $6.1 million. HuffPost / AP Board chair Kit Jensen says Mohn has a keen ability to identify media and consumer trends and has a strong track record on diversity and fairness. Mohn said in a statement that he considers the new position a mission, not a job.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Clippers Lose Sponsors | Mockingbird To Go Digital | Al Jazeera Sues Egypt

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Sponsors Have Begun to Abandon the Clippers (PRNewser)
The controversy behind the allegedly racist remarks made by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has the biggest names behind the Clippers making their way toward the exits. Mediaite State Farm Insurance became the first sponsor to pull its support from the Clippers Monday morning, following audiotape released by TMZ Saturday that allegedly revealed Sterling going on a racist tirade. WSJ More than a half dozen other sponsors of the Clippers, including Kia Motors, Virgin America, Red Bull, Aquahydrate, Mercedez-Benz, Corona and CarMax, also distanced themselves from the team Monday. While some advertisers sponsor the NBA, other brands sponsor individual teams — some advertisers do both. Sports marketing experts suggest that team sponsorship agreements with a big-market team like the Clippers could range anywhere from $100,000 to over $2 million a year, depending on what is included in the marketing package as well as if the advertiser is given category exclusivity. Variety According to new statements, the advertisers felt maintaining ad ties to the team after reports surfaced about Sterling’s remarks would not be in their best interest. “The comments allegedly made by Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, are offensive and reprehensible, and they are inconsistent with our views and values,” Kia said in a statement Monday. The NBA is expected to make an announcement regarding Sterling’s alleged comments today. THR Sterling’s tirade was prompted when his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, posted a photo of herself with Magic Johnson on Instagram. In the audio remarks obtained by TMZ and Deadspin, Sterling expresses displeasure about having black people attend Clipper games. Read more

LAT in 90 Seconds

faithcap.jpgRobbers of the Rich and Famous: A two-man burglary crew has burglarized mansions in the last year, making off with more than $7 million in cash and jewelry from high-powered victims — some of whom may be former Paramount Pictures chief Sherry Lansing, Clippers star Cuttino Mobley, John Taylor, Juicy Couture president Gela Nash-Taylor and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

lohcoke.jpgRich and Famous Scofflaw: Actress Lindsay Lohan is out on bail after being booked Thursday in a May DUI case. Go ahead. Pretend you don’t care.

tomhit.jpgMost Tortured Segue of the Day Award: Goes to Gina Piccalo who had the unenviable job of inserting “news” about a big Hollywood party in the middle of a story about Tom Cruise playing a Nazi turn-coat:

The actor shot his first scenes Thursday, an airport sequence that precedes the film’s climax where Stauffenberg flies to Wolf’s Lair, Hitler’s headquarters in East Prussia, and plants the briefcase bomb under a conference table. Production on the film officially got underway Wednesday.

Air travel also figures in Cruise’s real life as he’s scheduled to fly back Saturday night to Los Angeles for a star-studded bash to welcome his new Bel-Air neighbors, David and Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham. Cruise’s wife, Katie Holmes, is co-hosting the party with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.

I hope she got some extra mileage points with her editors for that.