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AOL Adds Video to Homepage

AOL is trying to entice consumers to linger a bit longer by adding video to its homepage. The portal includes original and on-demand videos from partners like Glamour, ESPN, Self, The New York Times, Vogue and Vanity Fair. The videos will also feature “experts,” including Rachel Zoe, Tiki Barber, Tim Gunn, Molly Sims and more.

The type of videos available on the homepage will shift as the day goes by. The six a.m. to 10 a.m. slot will be dominated by business and finance videos, while the rest of the day will feature a variety of subjects.

“Our audience has been craving a better, more creative, and fully immersive video viewing experience on AOL.com and we’re thrilled to be partnering with world-class brands and individuals to deliver this to our more than 72 million unique visitors every month,” said Maureen Sullivan, president of AOL.com, said in a statement.

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Brian Balthazar Joins AOL as Exec Producer and Head of Programming

Brian Balthazar is joining AOL as executive producer and head of programming for AOL.com. Balthazar comes to AOL from HGTV, where he served as director of original programming and development. He had been with HGTV since 2008.

Prior to his time at HGTV, Balthazar worked at NBC, where he developed the fourth hour of the Today show.

“Brian’s experience is unparalleled and unique – he has original TV programming expertise as well as a world-class production background,” wrote Maureen Sullivansenior VP of brand, marketing and communications, president of AOL.com and lifestyle brands, in an announcement. “He will play a leading role in the future of AOL.com as we program a loved and engaging destination for our loyal viewers.”

Balthazar will join AOL in January.

Leadership Changes at AOL

AOL logo GAOL has announced two leadership changes: Maureen Sullivan has added oversight of AOL’s homepage to her role and Graham Moysey has been named head of international, a new role at the company.

Sullivan has been leading AOL’s Women’s and Lifestyle Group, and she’ll continue in that role. In a memo, Susan Lyne, CEO of AOL’s Brand Group, described Sullivan as “a tremendous brand builder and a results-oriented executive.”

In the same note, Lyne said Moysey will operate under a dual reporting structure. He’ll report to both Lyne and Bob Lord.

Dishing With Countess LuAnn de Lesseps; Willie Geist and Lawrence O’Donnell Hold Court

lunch logoThe oppressive heat couldn’t keep the faithful away  from Michael’s today. I haven’t seen the place this crowded in ages as most tables were set for four (or more). In fact, the place was so jam packed that TV Guide magazine acting CEO and Wednesday regular Jack Kliger was seated in the Garden Room. Unlike a few people I could mention, Jack is far too cool to care  about something as petty as seating arrangements. Just like the rest of the crowd — not.

Carole Radziwill, one of the more recent additions to the cast of  The Real Housewives of New York City was first to arrive in the dining room today. The alarmingly thin socialite was sporting a curious furry accessory that was neither pet nor purse, sky-high platforms and a sweet flowered dress. Carole passed the time waiting for the rest of her party to arrive by taking pictures of the life-size sculptures of sheep that stand in the restaurant’s lounge. Alrighty then.

Speaking of Housewives, I was joined today by one of my favorite members of the franchise, LuAnn de Lesseps, who drove in from the Hamptons for our tete a tete. The statuesque former model (she’s 5’10″!) has always seemed like one of the more down to earth — and dare we say normal — Bravolebrities. She was all that and more. PR princess extraordinaire Catherine Saxton, who knows everyone who is anyone and is off to the south of France in a few days for the first of the big St. Tropez parties aboard Denise Rich‘s yacht, then go off to join Ivana Trump for her party in St. Tropez  before finally landing in Monte Carlo for a whirlwind of swanky dinners (Can we carry your luggage?), arranged for today’s ladies’ lunch. Between bites of crab cakes and salmon tartare, we chatted about LuAnn’s sixth season on RHNYC, her various projects and, of course, her love life. It’s no secret that LuAnn was one of the last ladies to sign on to the new season of the show. “I waited until I was happy with their offer,” she told me, dismissing rumors that the cast was banding together for salary increases. “Things were handled individually.” While she’s too polite to talk about such gauche topics as money — she did write the manners manual Class with the Countess: How to Live With Elegance and Flair, after all!  But she is upfront about her reasons for sticking with the show. “It’s a great platform.” All the better to ride the wave as long as you can, no? Mais oui! ”We didn’t expect it to last this long,” said LuAnn.

Catherine Saxton, Diane Clehane and LuAnn de Lesseps

Like most of the industrious Housewives set, LuAnn has managed to turn in her 15 minutes into a fledgling empire that includes her book, the record “Money Can’t Buy You Class” and several product lines like tabletop that includes melamine dinnerware and elegant bone china which is currently being sold on QVC and Amazon.com (“Inspired by my love of entertaining and my travels”). Next up is a collection of turquoise jewelry with Gem Stone King. “I love costume jewelry!” she said as she flashed a Wilma Flinstone-inspired pearl bracelet by Twisted. Clearly, the serious bling encased in gold on her finger today was the real thing. “Yes, it’s a star sapphire. This ring was designed by the same man who has done jewelry for Queen Elizabeth.” And not, I’m guessing, available on QVC.

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AOL Pulls Out of Rush Limbaugh’s Radio Show

AOL is the latest advertiser to pull dollars from The Rush Limbaugh Show in response to his verbal attack on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, whom he called a “slut” and “prostitute” because she supported health insurance coverage of contraception.

“At AOL one of our core values is that we act with integrity,” Maureen Sullivan, an AOL spokeswoman said to the Huffington Post. “We have monitored the unfolding events and have determined that Mr. Limbaugh’s comments are not in line with our values. As a result we have made the decision to suspend advertising on The Rush Limbaugh Radio show.”

Here’s part of Limbaugh’s apology, if you want to call it that.

I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line?

Today, Fluke appeared on The View and said:
“I don’t think that a statement like this issued, saying that his choice of words was not the best, changes anything, and especially when that statement is issued when he’s under significant pressure from his sponsors who have begun to pull their support.”

AOL Drops Advertising on Rush Limbaugh’s Show

AOL has become the latest company to officially drop its advertisements from Rush Limbaugh‘s syndicated radio show after the host called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” for speaking out in support of birth control on Capitol Hill.

“At AOL one of our core values is that we act with integrity,” said AOL spokeswoman Maureen Sullivan. “We have monitored the unfolding events and have determined that Mr. Limbaugh’s comments are not in line with our values. As a result we have made the decision to suspend advertising on The Rush Limbaugh Radio show.”

Limbaugh issued an apology for his statements over the weekend, saying that when he called fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute,” “[I]did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.”

Riiiiiiight.

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Techcrunch Founder Michael Arrington Out at AOL

According to AOL’s Spokesperson Mario Ruiz, Michael Arrington, the founder of Techcrunch, is “not employed by AOL” anymore. Business Insider reports that this is just the latest news in an odd relationship between AOL and Arrington, which began last year when AOL bought the tech site:

Initially, reports suggested Arrington would remain at TechCrunch and AOL with only a title change – from ‘editor’ to ‘founding editor and writer.’

Then, last night AOL told us it was actively looking for Arrington’s replacement.

Then this morning, Arianna Huffington told us Arrington no longer worked for TechCrunch at all – that Arrington will merely be welcome to contribute unpaid blogs to the company, as long as he stays within AOL’s blogging guidelines.

UPDATE:
Now AOL’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, Maureen Sullivan, says Arrington is not out. ”Michael Arrington is still employed by AOL,” she told BI. She says that he is working for AOL Ventures. Tight ship they’re running over at AOL.