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Tune In as TVGuide.com’s New Editor

Do you struggle to clear out your multiple DVR boxes each week to make room for more shows? Do you love The Walking Dead, Modern Family and everything in between? Well, TVGuide.com is looking for a new editor, who can translate his or her love for pop culture into compelling content.

If hired, you’ll be collaborating with the editorial team on breaking news, exclusive scoops and original features to drive audience growth and engagement. You’ll conceive, write and edit creative stories, while contributing to the editorial calendar and working with the marketing department on evolving social media and SEO practices.

The ideal candidate will have at least three years of deadline-driven editorial experience, preferably online, as well as top-notch editing skills and CMS knowledge. On-camera experience and a solid understanding of online metrics are major pluses. So, if you’re ready to let your passion for television and entertainment shine, Apply here.

Keeping Up with the Lings

While the daily lives of Sacramento born globe-trotting sisters Lisa Ling and Laura Ling would make for a potent reality TV show in the style of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, E! Entertainment has decided to go in a different direction in this case, hiring on Laura as exclusive new host and contributor to their hour-long program E! Investigates. New York Times media columnist Brian Stelter broke the news, which was then quickly picked up by the likes of TV Guide, The Hollywood Reporter and TV Squad.

“The folks at E! approached me several months ago,” Laura told FishbowlLA exclusively this morning via e-mail after returning from the doctor’s office where she watched four-month-old daughter Li get vaccine shots. “I’d [also] had some informal conversations with other outlets.”

On the one hand, this has to be a bitter pill for Current TV, the cable TV network for whom Ling was reporting at the time of her apprehension on the China-North Korea border in the early morning hours of March 17th, 2009. The new E! show sounds a lot like the old Vanguard program, albeit with more of a domestic focus, and even┬áthe way the San Francisco based network quietly blogged in late January about Ling’s decision to leave her post there as Vice President spoke volumes.

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Paste Magazine Thrives Through Belt-Tightening

benpastecover2008.jpgWhile giant publishers with seemingly limitless budgets were forced to reassess their finances and even shutter publications over the last two years, a small, 8-year-old music magazine has been quietly expanding through innovative solutions to its cost problem.

Paste magazine, run by Tim Regan-Porter, Nick Purdy and Josh Jackson, offered its readers several options to help combat dwindling finances, including several different subscription package combos, fundraising and getting recording artists to release a special song for their magazine that wasn’t available elsewhere. They also started turning out a smaller product to save on costs.

Not only did it work, but Paste is on the road to being out of the red, according to publisher Purdy. And with if the magazine can find more help from an “angel,” it would “put us on sound financial footing and let us invest in things like circulation again,” he told Audience Development.

Now Paste has bulked up its content by entering into a licensing agreement with Featurewell.com, which allows Paste articles, columns, and reviews to be reprinted in other publications. Meanwhile, Paste is able to reprint content from any of Featurewell’s other clients, including TV Guide magazine, New York Observer and Reason magazine. While we’ve seen this sort of content-sharing happen with more and more frequency with Web publications (like Gawker and The Business Insider), it’s been slow to catch on with print journalism. Here’s hoping that 2010 sees other small publishers being as creative with their funding options and content as Paste.

Press release after the jump.

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Previously: Paste Asks Readers, Musicians To Help Save Mag

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Content Chief Anthea Disney Leaves News Corp.

ogco_newscorp_0707.jpgAnthea Disney, News Corp.’s EVP for content, will retire at the end of this month, the company said today.

After leaving Rupert Murdoch‘s company, Disney plans on schooling young women to become entrepreneurs with the Women’s Enterprise Initiative that she founded. Murdoch, saying one of the nicest things we’ve heard from him this year, gushed, “[Disney] has impeccable judgment and taste and I have relied on her counsel across just about all of our content businesses. I will miss her immensely but understand her desire to shift gears at this point in her life.”

Disney joined News Corp. after years of working in journalism, in London and the U.S. She worked in the company’s magazine division and was the original head of content for Murdoch’s first digital venture. She then became president and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers, followed by chairman and CEO of News America Publishing Group. She then served as chair of Gemstar-TV Guide International until News Corp. sold it in 2008.

Said Disney:

“I have had an amazing two decades at News Corporation and loved every minute of it. There is no more exciting or vibrant company in the media industry and there is simply no one like Rupert Murdoch.”

After the jump, a video of Disney from a 90′s infomercial about TV Guide, where Disney was editor-in-chief at the time.

Press release: Anthea Disney, News Corporation Executive Vice President for Content, to Retire at Year’s End

Anthea Disney Exits News Corp. –The Wrap

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Layoffs At TV Guide Include Publisher

tv guide.jpgTV Guide cut a handful of staffers yesterday, including publisher Pete Haeffner, according to reports by MIN and The Wrap.

Other members of the TV Guide team who were let go include associate publishers Gary Kleinman and Mindy Nathanson.

TV Guide has been in flux since private equity firm OpenGate Capital — one of the bidders for BusinessWeekbought the magazine last year. President Scott Crystal was ousted in May and former Hachette Filipacchi president and CEO Jack Kliger was named acting CEO in July.

Cuts at TV Guide Include Publisher HaeffnerMIN online

Publisher, Others Axed at TV GuideThe Wrap

Related: Report: National Geographic Loses Publisher Giannetti

Reporter Who Left Journalism Returns|TV Guide Shrinks|Carine Roitfeld’s Movie Dreams|WSJ Wins Softball Title|Good Housekeeping‘s Green Seal Investigated

New York Times: Thomas Moran, a Star-Ledger politics columnist who left journalism to become policy director at PSE&G, has returned to his old gig.

New York Post: TV Guide is planning to cut its rate base from 2.9 million to 2 million.

WWD: Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld says that were she to leave the magazine, she would like to do “a well-made film about fashion.”

CelebStoner: The Wall Street Journal clinched the New York Media Softball League title yesterday, defeating BusinessWeek.

Slate: The truth behind Good Housekeeping‘s Green Seal.

BusinessWeek Update: There Are Interested Parties

businessweek.pngBusinessWeek media columnist Jon Fine has some excellent insight into the progress of the sale of his employer.

According to Fine, OpenGate Capital, the private equity firm that bought TV Guide magazine last year, and Bruce Wasserstein, who picked up New York magazine in 2003, have both shown interest in BusinessWeek, which is currently owned by McGraw-Hill.

Although some financial information was already sent out to interested parties six weeks ago, the magazine’s management is going to be making full presentations soon, starting as early as the end of next week or early August, Fine said. Other companies will most likely attend the presentations besides OpenGate and Wasserstein, but McGraw-Hill is remaining mum.

However, some companies have already passed on the business magazine including Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and private equity firm Investcorp, which owns American Banker.

Fine also uncovered some of BusinessWeek‘s financial data, after the jump

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The Printed Blog Stops Printing|Gannett Names New Communciations VP|Newspaper Ad Fail|Kliger Joins TV Guide|Bercovici Not Working For Mediaite — Now He’s Ranked 152

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WebNewser: The Printed Blog, which acquired content from bloggers and printed it in newspapers, is ceasing operations due to lack of outside investment capital.

FishbowlDC: Gannett is focusing more attention on “Content One,” a new initiative to “drive for more united coverage and transparent content across all of Gannett’s properties,” naming Robin Pence to the VP of Communications slot and allowing Tara Connell, the former Communications head, to focus all of her energy on Content One.

MediaJobsDaily: These newspaper ads are not helping.

Folio: Former Hachette Filipacchi president and CEO Jack Kliger has been named acting CEO of the print edition of TV Guide.

Daily Finance: Jeff Bercovici‘s take on new Web site Mediaite.com reveals publisher Dan Abrams offered him a job earlier this year: “Discussions were short-lived.”

Publisher Meredith Gets New Consumer Mag President

harty.pngMagazine publisher Meredith Corp. today promoted Chief Revenue Officer Tom Harty to president overseeing the house’s consumer magazines. He will retain his CRO title as well as the position of executive vice president of Meredith Publishing Group, the company said.

But, in addition to overseeing company-wide sales efforts and various media networks — including the Parents Network, Ladies’ Home Journal, Fitness, Traditional Home, Midwest Living and Hispanic Ventures, which includes four Spanish-language magazines — Harty will also be assuming control over editorial and creative functions for the company’s New York-based titles.

According to Meredith Publishing Group President Jack Griffin, Harty was integral to Meredith’s recent success.

“Under his direction, Meredith Magazines has grown its advertising market share considerably during this period, especially for the first half of 2009, when our share of magazine advertising in our competitive set is up four percentage points over 2008,” Griffin said.

One of Harty’s innovations was Meredith 360°, a “cross-media integration business unit,” that helped grow and expand Meredith’s Corporate Sales and Marketing efforts.

Harty, who joined Meredith in 2004, previously worked as senior vice president and general manager for the Golf Digest Companies, which are owned by Advance Magazines, a division of Conde Nast. He has also held positions at TV Guide, Reader’s Digest, McCall’s, Forbes and publisher Gruner & Jahr USA.

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Magazines Remembering Michael Hit Newsstands

time.pngForget Jon & Kate, Michael Jackson‘s death may be the latest event to help resuscitate the faltering magazine industry. After news of his death broke on Thursday afternoon, magazines rushed to honor the pop star.

Today, Time magazine has a commemorative issue hitting newsstands. The issue features memories of Michael from a laundry list of his famous friends and admirers, including Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Nancy Reagan.

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