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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: Univision’s GOP Boycott, ‘Erin Burnett OutFront,’ ‘Marie Claire,’ and More

Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman, and Michele Bachmann say they will not take part in a Univision debate scheduled for January because of allegations that the Spanish-language media outlet pushed an embarrassing story about a relative to Sen. Mark Rubio (FL-R) after he refused to be interviewed for a Univision program. Univision denies this. [via The Miami Herald blog]

The BBC is to cut 2,000 jobs and will be changing its programming line up in order to trim 20 percent from its budget over the next five years.

Erin Burnett OutFront kicked off this week with good ratings, but gets bad press for the way Burnett covered Occupy Wall Street.

Arthur C. Nielsen Jr., who built the Nielsen company beyond TV and radio ratings, died at the age of 92.

Marie Claire has chosen Geraldine Sealy as editor-at-large and Joyce Chang as deputy editor. Sealy, the former deputy editor of Whole Living, and Chang, the former deputy editor of People Style Watch, replace Abigail Pesta and Anne Fulenwider. [via NY Observer]

Craig Dubow, the CEO of Gannett, steps down less than a month after taking medical leave. [via TVSpy]

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CNBC’s ‘World Business’ Cut After PR Revelation

The Sarawak Report, a blog edited by former British PM Gordon Brown’s sister-in-law, found that the production company behind CNBC’s business program World Business was also providing Malaysian politicians with PR services. The revelation prompted CNBC to cancel the program, which airs in Europe and Asia.

The production company, FBC Media, which stands for Fact Based Communications, was found to have a contract with a Borneo politician and has paid thousands to APCO Worldwide to lobby for the Malaysian government.

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Revolving Door: ‘LA Times’ Cuts, New Outlets, and Journos on Google+

Wintour, Stoudemire, and 'Vogue' editor Hamish Bowles during spring Fashion Week 2010. Photo: Getty Images

Bad news to report from the West Coast: Layoffs are happening at the Los Angeles Times (and one of the paper’s editors offers an example of what not to say during times like these).

On a more positive note, Hearst is launching Cosmo for Guys, or CFG for the BMOCs, a tablet pub on August 1. That should be… interesting. And Anna Wintour fave (she has a thing for the male athletes, no?) Amar’e Stoudemire has launched a fashion and sports site.

Finally, Muck Rack has a list of 140 or so reporters who are on Google+, with links. Any others?

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NBCU’s ‘Healthy Week’ is Happening

If you happen to be in NYC’s Times Square today, tomorrow, or Wednesday, you might stumble upon a maze of stairs. Remember when there were porn theaters in Times Square?

The stairs are part of the “Go Healthy Step-a-Thon,” which is part of NBCUniversal’s second annual Healthy Week. The Step-A-Thon is free, open to the public, and sponsored by Walgreens, which had its own Times Square health initiative launch not too long ago. Some of Bravo’s Real Housewives as well as Joy Bauer from NBC’s Today show, contestants from The Biggest Loser, and others will also participate.

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The Many Layers of the B-M/Facebook Smear Story

The news that Burson-Marsteller/Facebook whisper campaign story unfolded before our eyes this week. And as it did, there were so many details that added so many layers that reaction, understandably, has been tremendous.

At this point, Facebook and Burson are no longer working together, The New York Times reports. And, The Daily Beast writes (h/t to PRWeek) that  the two Burson publicists that handled the campaign, former CNBC reporter Jim Goldman and former political writer John Mercurio, will receive another copy of the firm’s code of ethics (along with everyone at the firm) in order to get a refresher course on right and wrong. Interesting that two former reporters couldn’t clearly see the impropriety of this from the beginning, but we digress.

Reaction from the PR industry has been both critical and exasperated, with many on Twitter expressing a “you know better than that” tone with both the situation and Burson’s statement in response.

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B-M Pitch on Behalf of Unnamed Client Raises Ethical Questions

USA Today reported this morning on a “whisper campaign” launched by Burson-Marsteller on behalf of an unnamed client that targeted Google’s Social Circle feature for Gmail. (The USA Today article and this one from Business Insider has a bit of detail about the feature, which taps into your info to make “social connections.”)

Citing consumer privacy concerns and Google’s issues with the Federal Trade Commission, two of Burson’s high-profile publicists — former CNBC anchor Jim Goldman and former political columnist John Mercurio — sent a pitch to reporters suggesting an op-ed slamming Google. One of those pitched reporters, Christopher Soghoian, a former FTC researcher and blogger, posted the pitch online. And, actually, according to the email, Mercurio said, “I’m happy to help place the op-ed and assist in the drafting, if needed. For media targets, I was thinking about the Washington Post, Politico, The Hill, Roll Call or the Huffington Post.”

USA Today says Goldman was in contact with them about the story. And the paper writes, “After Goldman’s pitch proved largely untrue, he subsequently declined USA TODAY’s requests for comment.”

We were in touch with the firm to find out if this is standard practice and how the firm will address the obvious ethical issues this situation raises. We received this statement from the firm: “The situation that led to the USA Today story is highly unusual and does not represent standard practice at Burson-Marsteller. We regret that it was not handled well and we are reviewing it thoroughly.”

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Roll Call: Ogilvy, The Daily Caller, Komen for the Cure, and More

Ogilvy PR has added three to its New York office. Parris Bowe joins as SVP in the consumer marketing practice reporting to Alyssa Garnick, EVP of the practice. Bowe has previously worked for Lippe Taylor and Edelman. David Hanon joins as VP of that consumer marketing practice as well. He was most recently at Waggener Edstrom for more than a decade where he worked with tech consumer clients including Microsoft. And Ryan Aynes has joined the 360⁰ Digital Influence Group as a VP. He was previously director of social media at the JAR Group.

Rep. Darrell Issa‘s (R-CA) former spokesperson Kurt Bardella has landed at Tucker Carlson‘s The Daily Caller. He was fired by the Congressman after an investigation was launched into whether he shared emails with reporters. Bardella starts his new job today as director of communications, The Huffington Post writes.

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Outreach Efforts Continue in the Wake of Japan Quake and Tsunami

While sitting on a panel at the SXSW conference with three other executives from Japanese mobile and social networks, Takahito Iguchi nearly broke down when he got to a slide on his deck that said “SAVE JAPAN.” According to the New York Times story about the panel discussion, “the executives described in interviews how mobile and social sites became vital when the earthquake struck because landlines went down, as did voice and e-mail services on cellphones.”

Tak Miyata, SVP of global business at Mixi says, in the story, that his site’s traffic went up 800 percent.

SXSW attendees have demonstrated their awareness of the aftermath of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, with donations to SXSW4Japan nearly reaching its $50,000 goal.

Social networks, media outlets, and other businesses and organizations have been getting the word out about news and philanthropic efforts following the quake and tsunami. After the jump, a few examples.

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