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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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Rosie O’Donnell, John Legend Honor Cindi Berger at NYWICI Matrix Awards

Rosie O'Donnel, Cindi Berger at NYWIC 2011 Matrix Awards
(Photo courtesy of MaryAnneRussell.com)
This year’s honorees at New York Women in Communications’ (NYWICI)  annual Matrix Awards included PBS’ Gwen Ifill, Betty White, A&E president Abbe Raven, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook and others, but it was PMK*BNC Chairman and CEO Cindi Berger who flexed the real star power.

First, Rosie O’Donnell presented Berger with her award, praising her as a “kick-ass” publicist and friend. “Without her, I don’t think I would still be around. I’d be on the macadamia nut farm with Roseanne Barr, wearing overalls, going ‘what the ____ happened?”

“What I learned from Cindi Berger is how to love, and how to be committed, and how the people that are in your life stay in for the long haul, because no one gets out unscathed,” O’Donnell continued. “Having to do it in the public eye is not always easy, but she definitely makes the ones doing it feel safe.”

The crowd also got a surprise treat when PMK client and Grammy-winner John Legend appeared behind a piano in the mezzanine and performed two tunes in Berger’s honor.

John Legend at NYWICI 2011 Matrix Awards

Watch a video of O’Donnell’s tribute after the jump, and see more photos from the event on FishbowlNY. Read more