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Nielsen President Farrar Steps Down

farrar.gifAfter working to complete the sale of eight brands last month, Nielsen Business Media president Greg Farrar has decided to leave the company, Folio reported last night.

Farrar, who had worked at the company for 20 years, was named president in 2007, and had served as COO before that. He helped oversee the sale of several brands, including Mediaweek and Billboard to newly created e5 Global Media in December.

Nielsen told Folio that is has no plans to replace Farrar, although he will stay on for a transition period, overseeing the company’s remaining publications that are not associated with a trade show. Andy Bilbao, senior vice president of brand media, will then take over those duties once Farrar departs, with senior vice presidents Joe Randall and David Loechner have been picked to lead the newly-created Nielsen Expositions group for the company’s trade shows.

Update: A Nielsen spokesperson tells FishbowlNY: “Having managed the trade show business through the economic downturn while also divesting most of the company’s publications, Greg has accomplished his goals at Nielsen and decided it is the right time to seek greater opportunities.”

Farrar Leaving Nielsen Business Media as PresidentFolio

Previously: Investor Group Buys Eight Nielsen Brands

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Kirkus Reviews May Have Found Second Life

kirkus_reviews-712295.gifWhen Editor & Publisher was nixed by Nielsen Business Media, hope became slim for a potential recovery of the publication, though the pub’s former employees — who have rallied around a new blog — are still holding out for an investor.

That may not be as a crazy as it sounds: another former Nielsen title, publishing industry publication Kirkus Reviews, is hinting that they may have found a buyer. Folio reports:

“In an e-mail to Folio, Kirkus managing editor and nonfiction editor Eric Liebetrau said he is unsure who the buyer is or how far along the process might be but said the magazine’s staff ‘is set to return.’ A Nielsen spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.”

We hope for the best for Kirkus Reviews: if there’s one thing we could use in the new decade, it’s better news for the news industry.

Read More: New Life for Kirkus Reviews, Editor & Publisher?Folio

Previously: Holding Out Hope For E&P’s Revival In The New Year

FTC Guidelines Go Into Effect Tomorrow|Nieman Foundation Founds New Fellowship For Business Journos|Lachlan Murdoch Bids For Nielsen Titles|AP Names New Beirut Bureau Chief

PRNewser: The new FTC guidelines go into effect tomorrow, but don’t expect social media campaigns to subside, especially during the holiday season.

TVNewser: The Nieman Foundation has set up a new fellowship for business journalists, thanks to a nearly $1 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds foundation.

Financial Times: Rupert Murdoch‘s son Lachlan is among the group of bidders looking to buy a group of Nielsen Business Media titles including Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter.

Associated Press: Elizabeth Kennedy, the chief of the Associated Press‘ East Africa bureau, has been named chief of the Beirut bureau.

Christiane Amanpour|THR, Variety Plan Changes|GalleyCat Correctly Predicts Oprah’s Book Club Selection|WSJ Reveals Pricey Mobile App Pay Structure|Diller Will Use Cash To Reinvest

TVNewser: CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour celebrated the launch of her new show “Amanpour” at Michael’s yesterday, and chatted with Kevin Allocca. Says Kevin: “After the interview, Amanpour remarked, ‘That’s the tiniest lens I’ve every looked into.’”

FishbowlLA/Folio: Nikki Finke reports that The Hollywood Reporter will be going online only next year, while another entertainment trade Variety will be erecting pay walls. But Folio reports that THR owner Nielsen Business Media says it has no plans to shut down the trade pub’s print edition.

GalleyCat: Back in August, GalleyCat senior editor Ron Hogan correctly predicted that Oprah Winfrey‘s next book club selection would be Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan. The Washington Post made it official this afternoon, citing unintentionally leaked info. Winfrey is set to announce her book club choice during her show tomorrow.

Ad Age: The Wall Street Journal has announced plans to start charging for its mobile app available on iPhones and Blackberrys, and the cost is surprisingly high. Readers that don’t subscribe to the WSJ either in print or online will have to pay $2 per week for the app — or $104 a year. Subscribers to either medium will only be charged $1 a year and those who subscribe to both will get mobile access for free.

Bloomberg: IAC CEO Barry Diller says he will use his cash to repurchase stock, not invest in other companies like NBC Universal.