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Jason Farkas, Cullen Daly Bolt for CNNMoney; Jane Spencer Joins Fusion

  • CNNMoney continues its hiring spree, poaching two more from Bloomberg. Jason Farkas, a daytime executive producer and Cullen Daly, a coordinating producer, will be joining the CNN brand, which split from TIME Inc.’s Money magazine last month. Daly will be Senior Producer, leading the originals video team while Farkas is taking a leadership role in original series and programming. CNNMoney hired away Bloomberg reporter Christina Alesci last month.

  • Jane Spencer joins Fusion tomorrow as Editor-in-Chief of all digital platforms. One of the founding editors of The Daily Beast, Spencer was a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and New York. She’ll be based in Miami for the ABC/Univision network. Spencer joins other recent digital hires including Anna Holmes, Felix Salmon and Mariana Santos.

Former ‘Katie’ Topper Rachel Miskowiec Joins ‘GMA’ as 8am EP

GMA Social SquareRachel Miskowiec, who was EP of “Katie” for its final season joins “Good Morning America” as executive producer of the 8am hour. Also announced today, Chris Vlasto who has been senior broadcast producer of “GMA” since 2006, has been named EP of the 7am hour. Both will report to Senior EP Tom Cibrowski. “Chris has been instrumental in driving us to number one, and I’m confident he will continue to help lead the broadcast to even better days ahead with his amazingly competitive spirit,” Cibrowkski writes in an email to his team, obtained by TVNewser.

Miskowiec, who will partner with 8am senior producer Margo Baumgart, has a background in daytime entertainment. Before “Katie” she was an executive producer at Telepictures working on shows including “Dr Drew’s Lifechangers,” and “Bethenny.” She’s also worked for reality production house Mark Burnett Productions and spent 9 years at Sony supervising shows including “Ricki Lake,” and “Judge Hatchett.” Adding Miskowiec could mean “GMA” is once again looking at extending the brand into daytime following the summer of 2012 experimentation with “Good Afternoon America.”

Shakeup at ‘The View’

As Barbara Walters makes her return to “The View” tomorrow to promote her “20/20″ special, two other cast members are making their way toward the exit. Earlier this evening TMZ reported Sherri Shepherd was being pushed out. Not long after, Jenny McCarthy Tweeted, “If Sherri goes… I go too. #sisters.” Later, McCarthy posted this picture with Sheperd and Co-Executive Producer Bill Geddie. (Walters remains an Co-EP on the show.)

Tomorrow’s “The View” was pre-taped Wednesday, so it will be business as usual on the show. In hindsight, Walters’ splashy farewell last month presaged bigger changes for the daytime show. While Whoopi Goldberg is staying, TMZ reports former “Tonight Show” intern Ross Mathews and former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer are on the short-list to join.

Update: B&C reports the show will be moving from its studio on the West Side of Manhattan to ABC headquarters near Central Park West, occupying Katie Couric’s former studio. For a glimpse at that studio’s green room, check out Couric’s “My First Big Break” video produced by MediabistroTV in April.

More: Statement from ABC: “The View will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively.”

More, More: Statement from Sherri Shepherd: “It’s been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on. I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my View family and my fans for supporting me on this journey.”

Vladimir Duthiers Leaves CNN for CBS News

VD_1CBS News has hired CNN international correspondent Vladimir Duthiers as a correspondent for the network, CBS News President David Rhodes announced today.

Duthiers will move from Nigeria, where he was for CNN, to New York, where he will work out of the CBS broadcast center.

Most recently, Duthiers has been covering the story of the 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. TVNewser spoke with Duthiers about it in May: “You’re reminded of your enormous responsibility as a reporter to make sure people know what these families are going through, even if you don’t have the images and videos,” Duthiers told us.

Duthiers began as a CNN production assistant in 2009. Before that, he spent 18 years in global finance.

‘World News’ Handoff Begins

SawyerMuirAt the end of tonight’s “World News,” Diane Sawyer talked about her upcoming transition off the show and introduced her replacement. “I love every night I get to spend with you,” said Sawyer, “and I’m so happy that someone you know well is going to be at the helm of ‘World News’ starting September 2nd. David Muir is going to be anchor, managing editor sitting right here at this desk.”

Added Muir, “For everyone in this studio, everyone in the control room, down in the newsroom, they know that you’re the captain here, they know you have led us.”

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The ‘Subliminal Message’ Behind David Muir’s Ascent to ‘World News’ Anchor

david muirCome September, three white men will anchor the three network evening newscasts. Is it 2005 — or 1975 — all over again? Some think so.

“The evening news anchors are the face of the network,” says Karen Turner, an associate professor of journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia, whose research focuses on race in the news. “In this growing multicultural nation, it’s unconscionable that as of September three white men will lead their respective networks.”

Brian Williams, 55, has been anchor of “NBC Nighty News” since 2004, he took over for Tom Brokaw who had been anchor since 1982, and John Chancellor before that. Scott Pelley, who turns 57 next month, has been at the helm of “CBS Evening News” since May, 2011. That broadcast was anchored by Katie Couric for the previous 5 years, and by Bob Schieffer, Dan Rather (briefly paired with Connie Chung) and Walter Cronkite in earlier years.

Muir, 40, takes over for Diane Sawyer who has been anchor since 2009. Sawyer came in following the retirement of Charles Gibson who, in 2006, succeeded the anchor team of Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas. The Woodfuff-Vargas pairing lasted only a few weeks following the serious injuries sustained by Woodruff in an attack in Iraq.

“Certainly Pelley, Williams and now Muir are accomplished journalists,” Turner adds. “However, the subliminal message this sends is these — white males — are the legitimate faces that should represent America.”

Diane Sawyer Leaving ‘ABC World News;’ David Muir Takes Over as Anchor and Managing Editor

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Breaking: ABC’s Diane Sawyer is stepping down from anchoring “World News” and will focus on primetime specials, big interviews, and enterprise reporting for the network. David Muir, who has been sole anchor of the “World News” weekend editions since 2011, will take over as anchor and managing editor of the flagship broadcast on September 2. Muir, 40, will continue to co-anchor “20/20″ with Elizabeth Vargas.

Also announced today, “Good Morning America” co-host and “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos takes on the new role of chief anchor of ABC News. He’ll lead special reports, breaking news and election night coverage for the network as well as continuing with “GMA” and “This Week.”

Insiders tell us Sawyer began talking with former ABC News president Ben Sherwood late last year about a transition from the anchor desk. With the retirement of Barbara Walters last month, Sawyer will now take on some of the specials and interviews that for years were part of Walters’ stock in trade.

Under Sawyer, “World News” has been gaining on “NBC Nightly News.” The broadcast won the May sweeps in the A25-54 demo for the first time in more than 6 years. Sawyer, who began anchoring “World News” in December 2009, is the second woman to solo anchor a network nightly newscast, following Katie Couric‘s 2006-2011 run at “CBS Evening News.” “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” maintains a one million viewer lead most nights on “World News” and hasn’t lost a week among total viewers in nearly 5 years.

The Sawyer, Muir and Stephanopoulos news is at the top of the agenda of ABC News president James Goldston‘s morning editorial meeting. We’ll have details if/when we get them this morning. A replacement for Muir on the weekend newscasts will come at a later date.

Subrata De Leaves MSNBC for ABC News

SubrataDeABCSubrata De is joining ABC News as VP of newsgathering, TVNewser has learned.  De takes over for Kate O’Brian who left ABC last year after being named president of Al Jazeera America.

De joins from MSNBC where she had been the EP of “Andrea Mitchell Reports” since January 2012. “It has been an extraordinary privilege to work with her,” Mitchell said on De’s final show May 23. Before joining MSNBC, De was Brian Williams‘ producer, traveling with him across the country and around the world.

De started at NBC News in 1998.

More: A note from ABC News president James Goldston, which includes expanded roles for two other ABCNewsers, after the jump…

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Vinnie Politan Leaving HLN

politan.vinnieVinnie Politan is leaving HLN to join the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, TVNewser has confirmed. News of Politan’s departure was first reported by Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

“Vinnie has been a tremendous asset to HLN over the years.  We thank him and wish him only the best,” an HLN spokesperson told TVNewser.

Politan currently hosts “HLN Now: On the Case” weekdays from 2pm-5pmET. Before that, he was the anchor of several former HLN shows, including  “Prime News,” “After Dark” and “Making it in America.” Politan had also worked at HLN sister network truTV as the host of the “In Session” trial coverage, which ended last year. He joined Court TV (later rebranded as truTV) in 2001 and left in 2008, only to rejoin the network in 2009.

Politan’s last day at HLN will be July 3. TVSpy has more on his hire at WXIA.

Politan’s departure is the latest shakeup to HLN, which has seen lots of change over the past several months. Under Albie Hecht’s leadership, the network has rebranded itself as the television home for the social media generation, shuffling programming in primetime and daytime. Last week, it was reported that Time Warner is considering merging HLN with Vice.

Julianna Goldman Jumps from Bloomberg to CBS News

GoldmanJJulianna Goldman is joining CBS News as a Washington correspondent, TVNewser has learned.

Goldman, currently the White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, joins CBS in August. The Maryland native and Barnard College/Columbia University grad, has spent her entire professional career at Bloomberg, starting out in Customer Support, before moving on to the TV side as a segment producer, then Congressional reporter before joining the White House beat in 2010.

Goldman will once again be working with CBS News president David Rhodes who previously was head of U.S. TV for Bloomberg.

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