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AP Makes Changes to Board

APlogoThe Associated Press has added three new members to its board of directors. Bill Hoffman, president of Cox Media; Isaac Lee, president of Univision Communications; and Rob King, senior VP of Sportscenter and News for ESPN are all new to the agency’s board.

Jon Rust, vice chair of the AP’s board, was also re-elected. It is his last year on the board.

The AP board now has 21 directors.

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Oprah Considering Los Angeles Clippers Bid (ESPN)
Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen and Larry Ellison will join together in a bid to buy the Los Angeles Clippers if the NBA’s board of governors votes to force Donald Sterling to sell the team, Geffen said Wednesday. FishbowlNY Others interested in buying the Clippers include Diddy (he even created his own hashtag #DiddyBuyTheClippers) and Floyd Mayweather. THR The OWN Network founder would pair with music mogul Geffen and Oracle co-founder Ellison in an investor role. On Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver pledged to force the sale of the Clippers after audio recordings of racist remarks made by owner Donald Sterling surfaced on TMZ days earlier. Sterling, who has owned the Clippers franchise since 1981, faces a ban from attending all NBA games as well as making any business decisions for the team. LA Times / Sports Now Winfrey, in reference to Sterling’s comments, told TMZ on Tuesday that “the plantation days are over.” She also denied having interest in purchasing the team on her own. However, Winfrey’s spokesperson, Nicole Nichols, issued a statement Wednesday confirming that she’s in talks about becoming an investor. Reuters The advisory finance committee of the NBA’s governing board scheduled a meeting for Thursday to review the next steps for forcing a sale of the Clippers, as urged on Tuesday by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, a league spokeswoman said. Sterling, who bought the Clippers in 1981 for $13 million when the team was based in San Diego, has not indicated whether he would relinquish ownership without a fight. Experts have estimated that the franchise, which moved to Los Angeles in 1984, could now be worth as much as $800 million.

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Pulitzer-Winner Don Van Natta Jr. Leaves The New York Times for ESPN

Don Van Natta Jr., a Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times veteran of 16 years, is leaving the paper to become a Senior Writer at ESPN. During his time at the Times, he was a member of two Pulitzer-winning teams.

Prior to the Times, Van Natta worked at the Miami Herald for eight years. Van Natta, who is also a published author, will contribute to ESPN, ESPN radio, its magazine, its website and more.

“Having a well-respected, veteran investigative reporter like Don Van Natta on board is a testament to the commitment ESPN has made to quality cross-platform journalism,” said Rob King, Senior Vice President, Editorial, ESPN Digital and Print Media.

Van Natta will be based out of Miami, and his first day will be January 1.

Time Inc. Veteran Heads to ESPN

John Korpics, who has been contributing his design ideas to Time Inc. sporadically since 1995, is leaving to become Vice President, Creative Director of Print and Digital Media for ESPN The Magazine and its website. Adweek reports that this is a new position at ESPN, one which will combine print and digital design under Rob King, the magazine’s Senior Vice President.

Korpics, who was most recently Creative Director for Fortune, said of leaving Time, “It’s been a bittersweet time for me. I’ve kind of grown up at this company. If it hadn’t been this job and this opportunity, I’d still be at Fortune.

His first day will be September 6.