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Posts Tagged ‘Janet Robinson’

Roll Call: Calypso Communications, Group M, Oxygen Media, and More

Calypso Communications, an integrated, full-service public relations, marketing, and creative design firm in Northern New England, recently promoted Creative Director Mike Teixeira to Vice President and Creative Director. Teixeira has been with Calypso for the past four years, during which time he has led the agency’s creative team and served as account lead on numerous client campaigns, resolving clients’ advertising, branding, and multimedia needs. Teixeira creates original graphics, effective layouts for web and print, and dynamic video, combining traditional as well as emerging media. With this promotion, Teixeira formalizes the growing role he has taken in setting the creative direction for the agency. (Release)

According to Ad Age, as part of Group M Global‘s leadership changes geared toward digital evolution, Group M North America CEO Rob Norman will take on the newly created role of chief digital officer for Group M Global. The changes will go into effect later this year. Prior to becoming Group M North America CEO in January 2010, Norman ran Group M Interaction, the department that oversees the operations, data processes, talent and tools essential to the media agencies’ digital tasks. (Ad Age)

Harleen Kahlon has been named SVP of digital at Oxygen Media. She had been EVP of business development, marketing and content strategy at Bundle Corp. In her new role, Kahlon, who is based in New York, will lead the digital team, developing plans for the release of new and returning series on digital platforms. (Release)

According to AdWeek, Mark Thompson, the outgoing director general of the BBC and chairman of BBC Worldwide, has been named president and CEO of the New York Times Co. The news comes eight months after Janet Robinson resigned as the CEO of the New York Times Co., Thompson first joined the BBC in 1979 as a production trainee and, with the exception  of a brief stint as CEO of Britain’s Channel 4 from 2002 to 2004, has spent the entirety of his career up until this point at BBC. (AdWeek)

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F-H Welcomes Newest Advisory Board Member With a Fifth Ave. Cocktail Party

Last night, Fleishman-Hillard welcomed former New York Times Company CEO Janet Robinson to its International Advisory Board with a cocktail party at Andaz, a hotel across from the New York Public Library. Besides a few quick speeches from CEO Dave Senay, Americas president Jack Modzelewski (surprisingly easy to pronounce!), and Robinson herself, the evening was mostly taken up with mingling and noshing.

A quick mention about this event space: It’s a couple of open rooms with cooks working at stoves placed right in the middle of one of them. Because of the layout (a wine bar was in one room and cocktails were in the other) people moved about freely to check out the happenings in the different corners. Mediabistro’s event coordinator came with and gave it the thumbs up.

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Revolving Door: CNN/Mashable Rumors, ‘Game Change’ Premiere Photos, and More

As we mentioned on the Ticker, CNN could be preparing for a $200 million purchase of Mashable. Reuters blogger Felix Salmon got the news from an “unnamed” source. The New York Times seconded the tip, saying there are “advanced talks” happening. TechCrunch adds that the move would vastly extend CNN’s reach. PR Daily points out that the reporting of rumors such as this show the turn that traditional media is making, which could ultimately have an impact on the way media pros do their jobs.

Following the premiere of the HBO film Game Change about the 2008 McCain/Palin campaign for the presidency, the media has been questioning elements of the story. You can check out photos from the event here.

Billboard magazine has lost a number of its top staffers including EIC Danyel Smith and publisher Lisa Ryan. TheWrap says cost-cutting and low morale are to blame for the high-level departures.

Janet Robinson, the former CEO of The New York Times, got a $24 million compensation package when she left the company. She’s now a member of Fleishman-Hillard‘s International Advisory Board.

ImpreMedia, publishers of La Opinión, El Diario, and other outlets for the Hispanic community, has announced that US Hispanic Media Inc has become the company’s controlling shareholder. Staff and editorial coverage will remain the same. US Hispanic Media Inc is a subsidiary of Argentina’s S.A. La Nación, publisher of La Nación.

The Boston Globe‘s Boston Globe Magazine has unveiled a redesign that focuses more attention on local coverage of events, nightlife, and relationship issues. [via]

NY1 newscaster Pat Kiernan spoke with FishbowlNY about his on-air test run as co-host of Live with Kelly Ripa.

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Former ‘NY Times’ CEO, Janet Robinson, Joins F-H Board

Janet Robinson, who stepped down from her post as president and CEO of The New York Times in December, has joined Fleishman-Hillard‘s International Advisory Board. Her departure from the newspaper was one of many that cut across the business and editorial sides of the Times late last year. Robinson started with the Times in 1983 and served as CEO for seven years.

Besides her work at the Times, Robinson has also served as chair of the Advertising Counsel and the American Advertising Federation, and an advisory board member for the New York Women in Communications, among other posts.

F-H’s board provides client counsel and counts among its members former Gov. Tom Ridge and former White House Chief of Staff under George W. Bush, Andy Card.

Changes At the ‘NYT’ Not Sitting Well With Staffers

Things are a-changin’ mighty quickly over at The New York Times. Less than two weeks ago the paper announced that CEO Janet Robinson would be stepping down at the end of this month. Shortly after, we were also hearing about the prospective sale of the Regional Media Group, which houses a number of local papers. That has just been made final.

These developments have been coupled with news that a number of veteran reporters have taken buyouts with more cuts made. It’s all become a little too much for employees, who have posted an open letter to Arthur Sulzberger Jr. expressing their “profound dismay at several recent developments.” Issues including pensions and new contracts are addressed in the letter.

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Media Undecided About Which Sites People Are Actually Reading

The media traffic wars are heated folks. It started, it seems, a couple of weeks ago, when the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism released a study showing that The Drudge Report is a major traffic driver, trumping social networks. The Washington Post disputed this and The Huffington Post took a closer look at the reasons there may be some disparity in the numbers.

After a tumultuous redesign and resolving some SEO issues, Gawker chief Nick Denton is saying that traffic numbers are back to their previous highs. Last week, The New York TimesCEO Janet Robinson said more people are paying the new digital subscription fee than they thought, good news for its audience and share numbers. And now today, Yahoo is saying, “Check us out because everyone else seems to be.” (I’m paraphrasing there.)

So what the heck are people actually reading?

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WSJ, NYTimes PR War Heats Up As WSJ Launches NY Edition Today

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Today, The Wall Street Journal launched “Greater New York,” a new section of the newspaper, “dedicated to coverage of and commentary on the New York City metropolitan area.” Of course, this new section will compete directly with The New York Times.

Robert Christie, SVP of Communications at The New York Times Company circulated a presentation to media this morning. The subject line of the email stated, “READ BEFORE WSJ PRESSER.” Christie formerly worked for Journal parent Dow Jones up until this past March.

We’ve posted a copy of the presentation after the jump. Christie said in the email:

I thought you would be interested in this PowerPoint that details the strength of The New York Times franchise, its ability to reach affluent, influential and female readers. It also details the news department’s ability to break important, market-moving, agenda-setting stories in New York, on Wall Street, in Washington and around the world.

Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger and president & CEO Janet Robinson issued a memo to staff with a few jabs at the Journal:

So as our welcome gift to New York, we pass on a few helpful hints to our Journal colleagues: the Dodgers now play in Los Angeles, Soho is the acronym for South of Houston, Fashion Week has moved to Lincoln Center, Idlewild is now JFK and Cats is no longer playing on Broadway.

We’ve posted a full copy of the Journal‘s press release after the jump. There are many new opportunities for PR professionals, including more local travel, arts, sports, innovation and real estate coverage.

The Journal also teamed up with with Foursquare, a location-based social network, “to create Wall Street Journal badges and tips related to Greater New York content.”

For more updates throughout the day, visit our sibling blog, FishbowlNY.

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Big Changes At The New York Times

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Yesterday was the deadline for New York Times employees to take buyouts. The paper needs to cut 100 newsroom positions this year and hopes to do as much of the cutting as possible via these buyouts. So far, a list of about 22 reporters taking the buyout, many of them veterans of the paper, has been assembled by Gawker.

News came today that veteran and well respected technology reporter Saul Hansell is leaving the paper to join AOL’s new content management platform, SEED.

Hansell penned a retrospective on his AOL coverage in July, and wrote, “I’ve been writing profiles of AOL executives for nearly half of the company’s 24-year life. And for all but one heady 18-month period, they were on the defensive.” Awkward!

On a related note, FishbowlNY reports that although ad revenues are down, the pace of their decline has waned for the first time this year. The company expects print ad revenues to drop 25 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, while online ad revenues should increase by 10 percent.

NYT SVP of Corp. Comm. Leaves for S&P


New York Times Company Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Catherine Mathis is leaving the company after twelve years. She will join Standard & Poor’s as senior vice president and head of marketing and communications.

The Awl broke the news and has the full memo from Times chief executive Janet Robinson.