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Bloomberg View Continues Its Onslaught of New Hires in International Push

Bloomberg View, the financial news behemoth’s opinion site, continued its steroid-like growth on Friday with the announcement of new names on its U.S. and Asia editorial boards, new columnists and a full-time writer for its blog, The Ticker.

Current columnist Clive Crook, whose resumé includes years at the Financial Times, The Atlantic and The Economist, will join the editorial board alongside the Singapore-based Nisid Hajari, Newsweek‘s former managing and foreign editor. Matthew C. Klein, who previously wrote for The Economist, will blog for Bloomberg’s burgeoning site.

To boot, View has hired as a columnist Lanhee J. Chen, the former chief policy director of Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. And Megan Greene, the former director of European economic research at Roubini Global Economics, will contribute columns from Europe.

“Adding talent of this caliber brings us closer to our goal of being a central hub for the highest-quality opinion and analysis on the web,” David Shipley, the site’s executive editor, said in a statement. “Our new writers deepen our editorial bench, and the strategic additions to our Editorial Board add strength in key areas: Europe, Asia, and global economics and finance.”

These just the latest marquee hires as Bloomberg beefs up its various editorial properties.

Earlier this month, View scooped up Jonathan Landman, the New York Times culture editor who took a buyout earlier this year, as its editor-at-large and expanded columnist Jeffery Goldberg‘s role. And a day before that announcement, View named Tim O’Brien, the two-year executive editor of The Huffington Post, as its publisher.

While Bloomberg has established itself as a key player in journalism, the newswire has struggled to attract big-name personalities that would make it a destination news source. Its recent hires seem to buck this trend

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Jonathan Landman Joins Bloomberg View

Bloomberg View has made another high profile hire. Jonathan Landman, who accepted a buyout from The New York Times in January, is coming aboard as an editor-at-large. Landman had been with the Times for over two decades.

“Jon has a record of revolutionizing and improving everything he touches,” said David Shipley, Bloomberg View’s executive editor, in a statement. “He will bring a fresh set of eyes to a number of important initiatives that will help Bloomberg journalism reach ever more readers. Jon’s a great journalist and a superb leader and it’s thrilling to have him as a colleague.”

Just yesterday Tim O’Brien was named publisher, so it’s obvious Bloomberg View is looking to make waves. Now, if only people actually read the site.

Tim O’Brien Named Publisher of Bloomberg View

Tim O’Brien has been named publisher of Bloomberg View, a new role at the site. O’Brien comes to Bloomberg View from The Huffington Post, where he had served as executive editor for the past two years. Prior to his time at HuffPost, O’Brien was the editor of The New York Times’ business section.

“Tim is an outstanding addition to our team: he’s an innovator with extraordinary skills as a journalist and as a promoter of journalism,” said David Shipley, executive editor of Bloomberg View, in a statement. “We’ve spent the last two years establishing View as a vital hub for thoughtful opinion and analysis. Tim will help us engage even more readers around the globe.”

At Bloomberg View, O’Brien will be tasked with promoting and growing the site.

The Huffington Post Fetes iPad Magazine ‘Huffington.’ At New York Shindig

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The Huffington Post held a garden party to celebrate the launch of its new iPad magazine, “Huffington,” Last night. FishbowlNY was there at the Gramercy Park Hotel rooftop bar, along with a few hundred of Arianna Huffington‘s friends, staffers and a few famous faces.

We spotted Huffington Post Media Group editorial director Howard Fineman, Huffington Post editor Roy Sekoff, HuffPost’s Pulitzer Prize winning reporter David Wood and NBC News president Steve Capus in the crowd, among other well-dressed and well-heeled guests.

Huffington and Tim O’Brien, who is overseeing the venture for the company, made brief remarks:

“You may be asking ‘why a magazine?’ well the answer is that now The Huffington Post has 1,500 stories a day, about 70 to 80 of them original, and we found that we needed to pull the best, and put them in a beautiful setting like jewels, so that you could enjoy them when you had time over the weekend,” Huffington said. “It is the difference between a one-night stand and a long getaway weekend where you really get to know someone.”

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HuffPo Responds to Rupert Murdoch’s Criticisms

Politico reports that, at least for now, The Huffington Post is winning its feud with Rupert Murdoch. The battle between the two was sparked by Murdoch, who  — during his testimony — called out HuffPo, saying the site was “mainly just stealing stories from existing newspapers.”

Quite a nice jab by Murdoch. Too bad HuffPo’s Executive Editor, Tim O’Brien, countered with a vicious knockout blow. He emailed Politico the following:

I know that Rupert’s having a hard time remembering everything these days — as the Leveson inquiry shows — but we are busily and happily employing and deploying over 400 journalists, and we recently won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, so I’d like to invite him to drop by our newsroom sometime for a visit.

Even Manny Pacquiao is jealous of that left hook.

Jill Abramson Tries to Stop Defections From the New York Times

It’s not just The Daily that has been bleeding talent as of late. The New York Times has itself withstood a series of unexpected departures over the past year, notably to the Huffington Post, which swallowed up “Sunday Business” editor Tim O’Brien as well as business reporter Peter Goodman. New York magazine also had an unexpected coup by taking on Times columnist Frank Rich. So one of new Times editor-in-chief Jill Abramson‘s goals, she tells Gabriel Sherman at New York, is to put an end to all the defections, a surprising problem for the storied paper.

“Retention is becoming a challenge,” she said. “The economy has improved, whether it’s Bloomberg or the Huffington Post, I can feel on any given week that I’m playing whack-a-mole keeping our most talented people.”

Perhaps the Times will take a page out of Arianna Huffington‘s book and add a nap room in for the staff. It certainly can’t hurt.

Here’s How The Huffington Post Lured Reporters Away From the New York Times

The American Journalism Review talked to high profile reporters who left jobs at some of the most prestigious news outlets to work at The Huffington Post. What drew them in?

Total freedom, as Business Editor Peter Goodman, formerly of the New York Times, describes it. When Goodman was at the Times, for example, a front-page story on predatory for-profit colleges generated a lot of buzz, but the Times had no place for a follow-up. But, said Goodman: “Arianna’s whole thing is, ‘This is the Web, let’s hit it again and again. If we’ve got another one, let’s hit it again.’”

HuffPo National Editor Tim O’Brien, who had been Sunday business editor of the Times, likewise “saw a chance to build something from the ground up at The Huffington Post.”

The point is that more and more veteran reporters will opt for total freedom in their careers over having a job with the top brands in journalism. Good to know if you’re trying to hire the best in the business, but it remains to be seen whether or not this will lead to a successful news outlet in the long-term.

New York Times Names New Sunday Business Editor

David Gillen has been tapped by the New York Times to replace Tim O’Brien – who left for The Huffington Post – as its new Sunday Business Editor. Gillen came to the Times from Bloomberg News in 2007. He’s been Deputy Business Editor for the paper since last year.

Larry Ingrassia, Business Editor for the Times, had this to say about Gillen’s promotion:

As reporters who have worked with Dave on the finance team will attest – and other reporters in Bizday will soon have the pleasure of learning – he has a magical touch with copy, even when things are flying fast and furious.