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Limbaugh Says Apology Was Sincere, Fluke Says She Doesn’t Care

Rush Limbaugh used his radio program today to reiterate his “heartfelt” apology to Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law student that he labeled a “prostitute” and a “slut” last week for her vocal support for covering contraception in health care plans.

Today’s show was also an opportunity to address the news that a number of advertisers have decided to pull their dollars from the program (the figure has gone from six to eight). AOL has added itself to this list.

“We have monitored the unfolding events and have determined that Mr. Limbaugh’s comments are not in line with our values. As a result we have made the decision to suspend advertising on The Rush Limbaugh Radio show,” said AOL spokesperson Maureen Sullivan.

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Revolving Door: Lots of Video, An Intern Lawsuit, and More

Comic book author Alonzo Washington is on "TheGrio 100" list.

At an event yesterday, The Huffington Post and AOL introduced The Huffington Post Streaming Network (HPSN), a live network that will broadcast 12 hours per day starting this summer. HuffPo founding editor Roy Sekoff will run the network which he says will be a mix of CNN, The View, and YouTube.

The New York Times has launched “Business Day Live,” a live video show that will focus on the top business headlines of the day. It will air each weekday and appear on the outlet’s homepage.

The Wall Street Journal has also launched a new program, “Off Duty,” a lifestyle show based on WSJ Weekend that will air each weekday at 6 p.m. ET on the outlet’s YouTube channel. It will be hosted by reporter Wendy Bounds. This adds to the list of shows that the WSJ already has, including “Lunch Break” and “Mean Street.”

A former Harper’s Bazaar intern is suing Hearst for unpaid minimum wages. According to the lawsuit, accessories intern Xuedan Wang worked unpaid between 40 and 55 hours per week between August and December of last year. The plaintiff and her lawyers hope to build a class-action lawsuit. [via Reuters]

Bloomberg head Lex Fenwick has been named CEO of Dow Jones & Co. He replaces Les Hinton, who left the post in July. Fenwick joined Bloomberg in 1987 and was tapped to head up Bloomberg Ventures in 2007. [via WSJ]

TheGrio.com has revealed “TheGrio 100,” its list of “history makers and industry leaders” making waves in the U.S. today. Among those on the list are the mayor of Jacksonville, FL, Alvin Brown, Google’s Torrence Boone, and marine biologist Daniell Washington.

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Revolving Door: AOL, HuffPo, NY ‘Daily News,’ and More

The lead story this afternoon on HuffPo Science.

AOL is partnering with Bonnier’s Parenting Group to bring Parenting.com content to AOL Family, HuffPo Parents, and AOL.com. [via Fishbowl NY]

Speaking of Huffington Post, they’ve launched a new channel, HuffPost Science.

Colin Mylar, former editor of News of the World has been chosen as the new editor of the New York Daily News. Mylar has been unemployed since NOTW shut down amid the phone hacking scandal that erupted this summer. Capital New York has the internal memo.

There are reports that the Kardashian family has spoken with American Media about the possibility of launching a new magazine. However, Kim’s publicist at PMK-BNC has no comment.

Eric Carven has been named the AP’s social media editor. He was previously a news producer at the AP Nerve Center.

Keith Olbermann has already stirred up the pot at Current TV. Where it will lead seems up in the air. But people do agree on one thing: production value needs to improve a bit.

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Roll Call: New Offices & More Acquisitions

Kiersten Hollars

Chandler Chicco Companies (part of inVentiv Health) has acquired two German healthcare firms: Haas & Health Partner Public Relations and SanCom Creative Communication Solutions. CCC took a 19.9 percent interest in these firms in 2008. The acquisitions add 33 staffers (23 from the former, 10 from the latter), bringing Chandler Chicco’s staff total to 380 around the world. Both firms will continue with their current names and leadership.

Michael Sneed has been named VP of global corporate affairs at Johnson & Johnson, effective January 1, Ad Age reports. He will lead the global marketing and PR efforts as the company tries to comeback from a series of recalls. Brian Perkins, corporate VP of corporate affairs, will retire in March, but the company insists that Sneed is taking a broader role and is not replacing Perkins. The company is has also had a number of layoffs in the marketing area. Recalls since 2009 have cost the company $1 billion in sales, the story says.

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Arrington Officially Out, But AOL’s Issues Remain

A picture of Arrington at TechCrunch Disrupt, tweeted by Alexia Tsotsis

Michael Arrington is officially out at TechCrunch and Erick Schonfeld is in as editor. So says the AOL statement, available on AllThingsD, which also says Arrington’s departure was his decision, calls the TechCrunch acquisition “a success,” and teases more editorial changes in “the coming months.”

Even with that resolved (perhaps), there’s still the problem of making all of the brands beneath the AOL umbrella one cohesive, working unit.

“Since Tim Armstrong took over the struggling Internet company in 2009, AOL has acquired more than half a dozen companies in an effort to shake off its reputation as an Internet has-been and become an ad-supported destination for news and entertainment content on the Web,” the Wall Street Journal writes. It may shed that old reputation, but with the company’s internal problems making news, it’s new rep could be just as bad.

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Revolving Door: AOL and Arrington, Conde Nast, and More

As we mentioned in this morning’s Ticker, Michael Arrington is officially out at AOL, at least for now. Forbes broke the news last night, with the caveat that things could change since there has been a lot of back-and-forth during the past week over his status with the company. The fate of CrunchFund is also still unknown.

The story says, “Huffington clearly erred here in okaying a project without fully understanding its public relations consequences,” but she ultimately appears to be the most “influential” leader at AOL. The Atlantic Wire says AOL might have reason to worry if the TechCrunch staff and readers leave with Arrington. In case you missed it, Arrington published a story on TechCrunch with his own set of demands before he got the ax.

Conde Nast is spinning off Reddit, but hanging on to ownership of the company. Conde bought Reddit five years ago.

Google is buying restaurant guide Zagat in an effort to beef up its local offerings, The New York Times reports. For Zagat, the sale also helps them at a time when it has seen its prominence decline in the face of competition from other online restaurant guide sources.

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A Look Inside AOL’s Social Media Strategy

As AOL continues to evolve its product offerings and business model, the company is also evolving its social media strategy.

Matthew Knell, director of social media at AOL, was one of the featured speakers at the Community Manager Meetup, which took place this past Tuesday evening in New York. Knell is an experienced digital media strategist who also knows how to code (i.e. he can build things, too). His career has taken him from large companies such as JetBlue and MTV to start-ups such as CafeMom.

“AOL is a lot of things to some people, and nothing to others,” said Knell during the start of his interview with Katy Zack, PR manager for SapientNitro. “It’s an umbrella of brands, and is a lot like a TV network.”

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Internet Week New York Kicks Off

David-Michel Davies, aka "DMD," during opening remarks for Internet Week NY

New York’s technology industry gathered in Chelsea this morning to kick off Internet Week New York. This is the fourth annual iteration of the week-long event, which takes place around the city and strove for the maximum amount of crowdsourcing during the planning.

At the event’s HQ in the Metropolitan Pavilion, media and exhibitors heard opening remarks from David-Michel Davies, aka “DMD,” chairman of Internet Week NY. After a few quick thank yous to exhibitors and sponsors, he turned the microphone over to Katherine Oliver, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting. She would be the first to discuss the importance of the technology industry to the future of New York City. More on that in an upcoming post.

In the HQ pavilion, companies including Meebo, Yahoo, AOL, and ShareThis were gathered. There’s also an interesting exhibit called Digital Archaeology from Story Worldwide, an international marketing and advertising firm, tracking the history of the Internet.

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Revolving Door: Leadership Changes at the ‘NY Times,’ and More

Left to right: Baquet, Abramson, Keller. Photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Jill Abramson has been named the executive editor of The New York Times, with Bill Keller stepping down to take on a full-time writing position. Abramson was the paper’s managing editor, and served as an investigative reporter with the paper and as Washington bureau chief. She is the paper’s first-ever female executive editor. Keller held the position for eight years and currently writes a column for the Sunday Times Magazine.

Dean Baquet, the current Washington bureau chief is being moved to the managing editor position.

As the announcement was made, some reporters were tweeting the news, sparking some debate about how and when NYT reporters should use social media.

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Revolving Door: ‘Time,’ RTV 6, TheAtlantic.com, and More

Here are this week’s media highlights from Mediabistro’s Revolving Door Newsletter:

Jessica Winter has been named arts editor at TIME. She had been senior editor at O: The Oprah Magazine. (release)

Kevin Finch has been named news director at RTV 6 in Indianapolis. He had been a documentary writer and producer at Calamari Productions. (release)

Spencer Kornhaber has been named associate editor at TheAtlantic.com. He had been editor at AOL‘s Patch.com. (FishbowlDC)

Matthew Polevoy has been named social media producer at CBS News. He had been in audience development at CNNMoney.com. (TVNewser)

Nicole Price Fasig has been named Web editor at Good Housekeeping. She had been editor at J Walter Thompson. (mb)

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