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Posts Tagged ‘Deidre Depke’

The Daily Beast to Continue Publishing

The Daily Beast lives on. According to well, The Daily Beast, the site will continue publishing, despite many rumors to the contrary. “The Daily Beast is not for sale and is not closing,” wrote Rhona Murphy, interim CEO of The Daily Beast, in a memo to staffers. “IAC has approved in concept the operating budget for 2014.”

When the news broke that Tina Brown was departing the site, many people — including us — thought that the Daily Beast might be sold or shut down. However, things are apparently all good. And there were many statements to remind us of that.

Here’s one from managing director Deidre Depke: “The Daily Beast continues to grow at a robust rate and we are committed to bringing the business into a new era of strength and stability.” And another from John Avlon, The Daily Beast’s executive editor: “Our great team of writers and reporters keeps The Daily Beast on the cutting edge of digital news, delivering print quality at web speed.”

However, our favorite by far was from Barry Diller, who couldn’t help but stick another fork in Newsweek during his praise of The Daily Beast:

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Big Changes at Newsweek/The Daily Beast

Newsweek has just announced a few big changes. Jane Spencer, one of the founding editors of The Daily Beast, is leaving on a sabbatical, but will continue to contribute as International Editor at Large.

Deidre Depke, a one-time editor of Newsweek.com, is returning to the company to succeed Spencer as the site’s new Executive Editor. Depke rejoins Newsweek/The Daily Beast from The Week’s website.

Tom Watson has also been promoted to Managing Editor and Louise Roug, another former staffer, is coming back to serve as Foreign Editor. Roug begins next month.

Below is the full memo announcing the changes from Tina Brown:

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