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Media Companies Feast on Holiday News Dump

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It’s not easy working in media PR these days. Chances are, if you work in PR at a major media company, you’ve had to deal with layoffs. One editor writes in: can you please do a post on all these media company announcements coming right before the holiday break? The editor had a point. There has been a fair amount of bad news announced just before turkey day.

Time Inc. had layoffs across their magazine division and shuttered InStyle Weddings. An EVP also left the company to work on an “iTunes for magazines” project.

The Washington Post closed bureaus in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, although most of those affected will be offered jobs in D.C.

Playboy outsourced marketing, sales, and subscriptions to American Media Inc., which publishes titles the National Enquirer, Star magazine and Radar Online.

BusinessWeek.com editor-in-chief John Byrne announced he would be leaving the publication before it completes its integration into Bloomberg.

On the other hand, not all of the media news was bad.

The New York Times launched its first Blackberry app.

Our sister blog FishbowlDC, hired a new editor, former gossip columnist for The Hill, Betsy Rothstein.

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More News On Who From BusinessWeek Will Make Move To Bloomberg

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BusinessWeek‘s editor-in-chief, Stephen Adler will not be making the move to Bloomberg, following the company’s acquisition of the magazine. Neither will Roger Neal, GM of BusinessWeek‘s online operations. However, executive editors Ellen Pollock and John Byrne and managing editor Ciro Scotti will make the move and stay with BusinessWeek.

Bloomberg chief content officer Norman Pearlstine said in a memo to the troops today that the majority of BusinessWeek employees would be hired by Bloomberg.

Neal, along with Byrne, was primarily responsible for Business Exchange, a social networking site created by the publication to the tune of $20 million. So far, it accounts for 16% of BusinessWeek‘s digital revenue, but has not grown as fast as expected. We hear that is a source of discontent from many employees who feel the company overpaid to build it.