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Jill Abramson’s Departure Is Bad News for The New York Times

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Yesterday’s announcement that The New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was leaving the Grey Lady to be replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet came as a big surprise to all who don’t work in the NYT newsroom. The politics behind the move have unraveled at a record pace since then.

Unfortunately, the more we learn about it, the more we can guarantee that the story won’t end well for the paper of record. The biggest reveal to date came courtesy of Ken Auletta at The New Yorker: seems that Abramson didn’t just make less money than the men who preceded her–she made less than her own deputy.

The issue: how did the Times so completely lose control of this story?

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BBC Directors Quit Over Handling of Pedophilia Scandal

Jimmy Savile BBC pedophileImagine this nightmare scenario: A well-known TV/radio host and media personality–let’s say Johnny Carson–dies peacefully after spending decades in the public eye as a respected entertainer, philanthropist and occasional newsmaker.

As the public mourns, a series of women currently in their 30′s and 40′s reveal inappropriate relations with the entertainer that occurred when they were still in their formative years, living at boarding houses and rehabilitation centers for troubled children. As the weeks go on, the number of accusers grows from a few to a dozen, then to several hundred. The worst part? Many of these women reported the abuse as it happened, but no one listened to them because the man in question was a celebrity beloved by an entire nation.

This is the story that’s captivated Great Britain for the past month–and it’s not going away anytime soon. The man was Jimmy Saville, and according to his many, many accusers, he molested teenage girls throughout his nearly 50-year career as a BBC TV/radio host and king of celebrity fundraisers. Yet many in the media seemed to accept him as an eccentric character with an unhealthy attraction to adolescent women. Friends and associates would often say, “Oh, that’s just Jimmy.”

Yuck. And it gets worse.

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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)