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Jana Winter Leaving Fox News

jana winterJana Winter, the FoxNews.com reporter who successfully fought to protect her sources during coverage of the Colorado theater shooting, is leaving FNC, TVNewser has learned.

“As some of you may have heard, today is my last day at Fox,” Winter wrote to colleagues, in a note obtained by TVNewser. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to have gotten to know you so many of you over the past six years. You are truly amazing, intrepid journalists and I have learned so much from you.”

In Dec. 2012, lawyers for movie theater killer James Holmes demanded Winter be compelled to testify about the source of one of her stories. A year-long legal battle came to a head last December, when a New York court ruled in Winter’s favor, keeping her from serving jail time for not revealing her source. The case was finally closed in May when an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was rejected.

In her note, Winter gives “a huge thank you to what’s got to be the best legal department in the entire universe.”

There’s no word on where Winter is headed next.

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CNN’s Steve Kastenbaum Joins Westwood One

cnnCNN reporter and producer Steve Kastenbaum has been named senior correspondent and New York bureau chief for Westwood One News, a new service set to launch at the end of the year.

Kastenbaum, a veteran of CNN Radio, which was shuttered last year, has been reporting and field producing for CNN and CNN Newsource. He’ll lead a team of new hires.

Read the Westwood One release, after the jump.
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Senior Medical Producer Danielle Dellorto Leaving CNN

10264804_10152322901156435_7754242010547669648_nDanielle Dellorto, who has traveled with world with Dr. Sanjay Gupta as CNN’s senior medical producer, is the latest longtime CNN producer to leave the network. She announced her decision on Facebook:

With all the recent changes at #CNN, I’m making the decision to take a leap and expand my wings outside the company. For 11 years CNN has been my home, my family. I’ve been to places in the world I never dreamed I’d go and got to tell stories that created change. I’ve reported from 14 countries… survived conflict zones, countless disaster zones. Heck, I even survived a kidnapping attempt in Pakistan and managed not to get Ebola while on the front line in West Africa. It has been one helluva ride.

Dellorto’s last day at CNN is November 7. As part of the network’s recent round of layoffs, “Sanjay Gupta, M.D.” was canceled, and CNN’s medical team reduced, with some existing employees told they would have to re-apply for new jobs.

Indra Petersons Leaving CNN; Weather Operations Return to Atlanta

IndraPetersonsAs part of the workforce reduction at CNN, New York-based meteorologist Indra Petersons will be leaving the network, TVNewser has learned. All shows will now rely on CNN Weather in Atlanta, led by meteorologists Chad Myers and Jennifer Gray.

Petersons joined CNN last year, working primarily on “New Day.” Before CNN, Petersons was a meteorolgist at KABC in Los Angeles.

In all, CNN reduced staffing by 300 people, or about 8%.  Some open positions weren’t filled, about 130 longtime staffers took a voluntary buyout and the remainder are the result of layoffs which began last week.

Petersons will remain on the air for a while longer before signing off.

The Revolving Door: Frucci, Moody, Auriemma

  • “New Day” executive producer Matt Frucci is leaving CNN as part of the 300-person workforce reduction. Frucci, who previously worked for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” has been with “New Day” since its launch in April, 2013.

  • FishbowlNY reports Adam Auriemma is heading for Miami to join Fusion as deputy editor. Auriemma joins from the Wall Street Journal where he was a deputy bureau chief in New York.

Jeffrey Schneider Leaving ABC News to Found His Own PR Firm

JeffreySchneiderJeffrey Schneider, ABC News SVP and chief spokesman, is leaving the network to start his own PR firm, TVNewser has learned.

Schneider’s deputy Julie Townsend will lead ABC News communications strategy and the PR team. Schneider calls his 14 years at ABC News “an incredible honor and privilege.”

I’m very grateful for the thrilling experiences I’ve had at the news division and embark on this new path with tremendous affection and respect for all the people of ABC News,” Schneider says.

His new firm, Schneider Global Strategy, will specialize in media relations and crisis management and counts ABC News and Disney/ABC TV as his first clients.

Schneider, who was suspended this summer following an internal incident, will remain at ABC News through the midterm elections. “Jeffrey has been our champion in great and tough times,” writes ABC News president James Goldston in a note to staff. “He’s done it with good humor, nearly superhuman drive and a deep love for this great institution.”

Townsend re-joined ABC News as VP in 2011. In her first stint at ABC News, beginning in 2001, she was PR Coordinator for “Nightline” and “This Week” in Washington, DC. “Julie is a persuasive storyteller and a passionate champion for ABC News,” Goldston writes. “She believes deeply in our team and in the importance of the work we do.

Goldston’s note after the jump…

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Mike Brooks Cut at HLN

MikeBrooksMike Brooks, a law enforcement analyst who appeared on many HLN and CNN programs going back to 2001, was among those cut during layoffs this week at Turner Broadcasting.

“I had the opportunity to work with some of THE finest journalists, producers, bookers, assignment editors, photo journalists, attorneys, Judges….YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE,” Brooks wrote on Facebook. “And some of you are also departing HLN/CNN. And I can’t forget CNN Hair & Makeup…You made a guy who has a GREAT face for radio look good in front of the camera. (At least you didn’t have to do my hair).”

KC Estenson Leaving CNN

estenson.kc.2013KC Estenson, SVP and GM of CNN Digital, is leaving the company as the network finalizes a workforce reduction of 300 employees.

Atlanta-based Estenson joined CNN in 2008 overseeing all aspects of CNN Digital’s business. More recently he was running the business side as CNN.com editorial was re-assigned to New York-based CNN SVP Andrew Morse.

Estenson joined CNN from the Walt Disney Company where he oversaw the digital media businesses across the portfolio. Estenson, insiders tell TVNewser, is on vacation this week and was planning to announce his departure when he returned.

The news was first reported by Mashable.

 

 

CNN Cancels ‘Crossfire,’ Again

Crossfire304x200First on TVNewser: It was a short-lived return for CNN’s “Crossfire” as the network has canceled the political debate show, TVNewser has learned.

Returning to the air in September, 2013 after an eight-year absence, the new version of “Crossfire” featured former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former White House staffers Van Jones and Stephanie Cutter, and former MSNBC host S.E. Cupp.

All four hosts will remain with the network as political commentators. Some of the staff has already been absorbed into other DC-based programs, while the remainder have been encouraged to apply for open positions in the bureau.

“Crossfire” went missing from the lineup during multiple breaking news cycles this year. Starting in early March, the program was yanked from the lineup as CNN produced near-nonstop coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The program was again taken off-air in mid-July before the downing of MH17 dominated the news cycle.

Last month, CNN told us the show would remain on hiatus “for awhile more,” and today, official word that the show will not be coming back. In its first iteration, “Crossfire” ran from 1982 until 2005.

“Crossfire” joins other half-hour specialty programs “Sanjay Gupta MD,” “CNN Money,” and “Unguarded” which were all canceled today.

Susan Grant Departing CNN

SusanGrantSusan Grant, a 27-year Turner executive, is leaving CNN, TVNewser has learned.

Grant’s departure comes as CNN cuts its workforce by 300 employees, a process which began with buyout offers and continued yesterday with layoffs.

As executive vice president of CNN News Services, Grant is the highest profile CNN employee to be departing the network this week. During her time at CNN, Atlanta-based Grant has worked in sales and marketing, and as president of Turner Program Services. Years ago was CNN’s first PR person.

“I will happily always be a member of this wonderful CNN team, and I will enjoy sharing in your continued successes,” Grant writes in a note to staff (after the jump).

“It is undeniable that few people in the history of CNN have contributed more than Susan Grant,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker tells TVNewser. “Throughout her time here, she has touched almost every part of the company. And each one has been the better for it. She has been a valued member of my Executive team, and her unwavering commitment to CNN is what has made her so special. I wish her nothing but the best.”

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