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Roll Call: Discovery Channel, Gawker Media and Spiceworks

Discovery Channel announced that Paul Schur has been named vice president of Communications for Discovery Channel. Schur was previously senior director of Publicity for the channel, where he created and executed strategies to raise awareness and visibility of programming. Schur has more than a decade of previous media relations and public relations experience, mostly in television news, where he served as a spokesperson and director of Media Relations for Fox News, where his responsibilities from the Washington, D.C., bureau included overseeing press efforts for the FOX broadcast network’s Sunday morning public affairs program, FOX News Sunday. (Release)

Michael Kuntz has been named vice president of sales at Gawker Media. Kuntz is leaving Hearst Magazines, where he served as publisher and chief revenue officer of Popular Mechanics for just over a year. The time with Popular Mechanics was Kuntz’s second stint with Hearst, as he head worked there from 2006 to 2009, serving as a director of sales for SmartMoney. (FishbowlNY)

Spiceworks announced Sanjay Castelino has joined the company as its new vice president of Marketing. In his role, Castelino will oversee Spiceworks’ marketing efforts across its demand generation, product marketing, branding, public and analyst relations, and creative services functions. Castelino was previously a vice president at SolarWinds where he led demand generation, go-to-market strategy, and execution for the company’s Networking, Virtualization, Storage, and Security Information and Event Management divisions. During his tenure at SolarWinds, he was instrumental in helping the company build and refine it’s go-to-market strategies and positioning following its initial public offering (IPO) in May 2009. Previously, Castelino worked at NetStreams, Motive, A.T. Kearney and Accenture. (Release)

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Revolving Door: Changes at OWN, ‘HGTV Magazine,’ and More

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.

HGTV Magazine is launching with a June/July issue, and three more for 2012. The rate base will be 450,000 readers.

The New York Times has lowered the number of free articles that non-paying readers will have access to, from 20 to 10. The new rule goes into effect in April.

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Gawker’s Nick Denton on Boredom, Commenters, and Niche Audiences

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Gawker Media founder Nick Denton had some choice words for the commenters on his eight sites, as well as for a couple attendees sitting in the front row at Ad Age’s Media Evolved conference on Tuesday in New York. During a “fireside chat” with Simon Dumenco, Ad Age’s editor-at-large, he was questioned about the sheer volume and often negative tone of comments on Gawker’s sites.

“You can moderate out the toxicity, but not the boring people. They haven’t violated any community guidelines, but they haven’t added to the discussion,” Denton replied.

Boredom was also clearly on his mind when he asked distracted conference attendees seated up front, “By the way, are we boring you?” But Denton’s take on Gawker’s evolution, re-design, editorial goals, interaction with well-known readers and the value of social media was anything but boring.

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Gawker Event to Support Marriage Equality

Gawker is hosting a fundraising event Wednesday June 22 on the roof of its Soho offices to benefit the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation,an LGBT advocacy and civil rights group, and its efforts to make gay marriage legal in New York.

A marriage equality measure is back on the agenda for the state, and has the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo as well as many New Yorkers.

Five tickets to the event will cost $3,000 and they have a site for individual donations through July 14.

June is also Pride Month and the city has lots of events on tap.