Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN has announced a number of big changes. First we had news that The Rosie Show, the talk show hosted by Rosie O’Donnell that was introduced with great fanfare back in October, has been cancelled. (Rumor has it the two aren’t speaking.) Among the problems with the show cited by The Daily Beast is its location; Rosie moved to Chicago to film in Oprah’s old studio. “‘People don’t go to Chicago on media tours anymore,’ says one publicist who turned down his clients from appearing on the show.” Yikes.
And now news today that OWN has laid off 20 percent of its staff, 30 people. Their duties will be assumed by remaining staffers and Discovery Communications employees. Deadline Hollywood has the whole run down.
Another 31 advertisers have asked that their ads not run on Rush Limbaugh’s program.
Politico’s Keach Hagey is now the media reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Russell Adams, who previously covered that beat, will be an editor on the markets desk.CapitalNewYork has a list of other WSJ appointments.
A former News of the World reporter Neville Thurlbeck was arrested in connection with the huge phone-hacking scandal. In addition, Rebekah Brooks was re-arrested along with her husband. James Murdoch maintains his innocence.
More recent media moves below.
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[image: Oprah and Rosie, during happier times, on the October 2011 cover of Oprah magazine.]
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