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Allison Gollust Named CMO of CNN Worldwide

gollustAllison Gollust has expanded her role with CNN Worldwide, adding Chief Marketing Officer to her responsibilities. Gollust will continue as SVP of Communications, the job she’s had since March when she joined CNN, and rejoined Jeff Zucker. The two worked together at NBCUniversal, where Zucker was president.

Says Zucker, “Allison has a keen understanding of how every aspect of communications works together to tell a story – be it on the public relations side or in strategic marketing. Combining these two areas under one proven leader simply makes sense.”

Gollust takes over some of the duties of Janet Rolle who was CNN’s CMO until May.

As CMO, Gollust will have oversight of strategic marketing, creative services and event marketing, reporting to Zucker.

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Allison Gollust Joins CNN Worldwide, Reunited with Jeff Zucker

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s communications director, Allison Gollust, has quit after only four months to become the head of communications for CNN Worldwide.

Gollust, who formerly led communications at NBC Universal, will be reunited with her old boss Jeff Zucker. Gollust will “work closely” with Zucker, but will report to Jeff Matteson, the senior VP of communications for Turner Broadcasting.

She will also be leaving one Cuomo to work with another: Governor Cuomo’s younger brother Chris Cuomo is an anchor at CNN.

“In the 15 years that Allison and I have worked together, I’ve depended on her judgment, counsel and relationships,” said Zucker in a statement. “Allison is joining CNN at an exciting time, and she and the strong communications team she’s inheriting will play a critical role in shaping the organization and its story going forward. It’s great to have her at CNN.”

CNN senior VP of communications Christa Robinson will be leaving the company after 14 years, according to a memo to staff sent by Zucker. The note is after the jump.

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The Power Women Ticker: Gollust, Kremer, Ireland

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the older brother of ABC’s Chris Cuomo, has named Allison Gollust communications director. Gollust was most recently the head of communications for NBC Universal, departing when CEO Jeff Zucker left the company.
  • Andrea Kremer is joining NFL Network. Kremer will be chief correspondent in a new unit dedicated to examining player health and safety issues. Kremer worked the sidelines for “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, as well as the last three Olympics.
  • Katie Couric‘s talk show “Katie” is taking a cue from Oprah, and adding regular contributors. The program announced that supermodel Kathy Ireland is joining the show as a contributor on a variety of issues, such as relationships and parenting.

Steve Capus, Mark Hoffman to Remain in Place Once Comcast Completes NBC Universal Acquisition

Comcast has officially announced the senior leadership team for the new company that will be formed when it completes its acquisition of NBC Universal.

For the news divisions the changes appear to be minimal, with both NBC News president Steve Capus and CNBC president Mark Hoffman remaining in place, reporting to incoming CEO Steve Burke.

The fact that Capus did not receive oversight of CNBC is somewhat surprising, although sources at the financial network say that Hoffman was not keen on having to report to Capus, and the strong performance of the channel ($723 million in operating revenue, according to SNL Kagan), led Comcast execs to do what they could to keep him around.

The only top level execs to depart once the deal closes will be CEO Jeff Zucker, NBC Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin, communications and PR chief Allison Gollust and NBC sales and marketing boss Mike Pilot.

At the moment the deal is in the hands of the FCC and DOJ, who both have to sign off on it before it becomes official. It is expected that it will be approved–with conditions–by the end of the year, although the timeline could slip into early 2011.

Burke announced the changes in a memo to staffers this morning. That memo is after the jump.

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The Ticker: Gollust, McCarthy, Garrett…

> PRNewser reports longtime NBC News spokesperson Allison Gollust is moving up — several dozen floors at 30 Rock. NBCU boss Jeff Zucker promoted Gollust to the executive suite. The move takes effect Monday.

> CNN Radio’s Ed McCarthy died today at Emory Hospital in Snellville, Georgia. McCarthy joined CNN Radio in 1986 as a news and business anchor. He most recently served as National Correspondent based in Atlanta.

> Fox News’ Major Garrett (presumably) hits the funny pages in the Mallard Fillmore comic strip. Check it out on

NBC News Responds to Luke Russert Page Six Story

LRussert_5.11.jpgNBC News is responding to today’s Page Six item about correspondent Luke Russert (more than the one line response included in the NYPost piece.)

The Post talked to an “insider” who says Russert has “been MIA for a while.”

“He was hired last year to be the youth correspondent — he got a great contract and was supposed to cover youth issues, blog and bring in young viewers. It’s like, ‘Well, that’s what you get for nepotism,’” says the insider. “He hasn’t even updated his blog which he’s paid a lot to do and just got on Twitter. Some youth correspondent!”

NBC News spokesperson Allison Gollust responds, telling TVNewser, “Luke Russert is, and will continue to be, a valued member of the NBC News correspondent team. Just last week, he appeared all day on MSNBC with hourly updates for a story he was covering. Meanwhile, he is working on long-lead pieces for Dateline and the Today show, was on Nightly News a couple weeks ago, and has recently been added to our talented team covering Capitol Hill.”

Page Six writes, “Russert’s last blog, ‘The Courage To Go Online’ was posted Dec. 4, 2008 — and he started his Twitter account on Feb. 18. His last tweet, ‘Been on the Road,’ was on March 31.”

NBC’s Gollust says, “He has never been asked to blog or Twitter,” adding, “It’s unfortunate that a gossip column would choose to attack a hard working, talented young man who is getting a great start as a broadcast journalist.”

NBC Confirms No Money Changed Hands Over Octo-mom Interview

octomom_2-11b.jpgSo NBC had a big exclusive interview, airing over three days, with Octo-mom Nadya Suleman. And a lot of people watched.

But there were always the rumors about how NBC News got the interview. Did they pay Suleman? Pay a licensing fee for photos and video? Did some other NBC entity pay instead? And how much?

NBC News SVP of communications Allison Gollust put all the rumors to rest. “NBC News does not pay for interviews,” she tells TVNewser. “We did not pay Nadya Suleman, or anyone who represents her, for our interview. We didn’t license a single photo or video from her, or anyone who represents her. Not a dime. I cannot be more clear about this. There is no deal with anyone at NBC Universal — not at NBC News, not at Bravo. No one.”

So NBC gave no money. But do you want to? Because Suleman set up a brand new Website and she’s accepting donations.

Katie Couric For Meet the Press?: “Speculation Is Nothing More Than Idle Chitchat”

KC_11.1.jpgThe NYTimes’ Jacques Steinberg tries to get to the bottom of who will be the permanent moderator of Meet the Press, once Tom Brokaw is ready to move on. Steinberg doesn’t get very far. There are the usual suspects: Chuck Todd, David Gregory, Gwen Ifill, Andrea Mitchell, and Chris Matthews. Then there’s this:

Some NBC executives are intrigued by the possibility of hiring an established star to replace Mr. Russert. Near the top of that short list is [Katie] Couric, the former ‘Today’ co-host, who has had at times an unhappy experience as anchor of the ‘CBS Evening News.’

NBC News spokeswoman Allison Gollust shoots it all down: “No decision has been made about the future of ‘Meet the Press,’ and any speculation by alleged insiders is nothing more than idle chitchat,” says Gollust.

Earlier The interview with Luke Russert

Obama Campaign Ignoring NBC Cease-and-Desist

obamaad_9-30.JPGDespite a cease-and-desist from NBC News, the ad on Sen. Barack Obama‘s YouTube channel featuring NBC and MSNBC remains available.

NBC News spokeswoman Allison Gollust tells TVNewser YouTube has agreed to pull down the video (it is still up at this time) and will continue to police it. But the Obama campaign, apparently, isn’t budging.

“We have engaged the Obama campaign on the legal front and demanded that they stop using the ad,” Gollust says. “To date they have not complied. Their response was to put a tagline at the end of the ad. However, that is not good enough, and we continue to demand they cease and desist using this outrageous ad.”

The tagline reads “NBC and MSNBC did not cooperate in the making of this video” and flashes for three seconds at the end of the ad.

The spot has been seen more than 566,000 times, and features the image of Tom Brokaw and voice of Keith Olbermann announcing a mock victory for Sen. John McCain.

Click continued to see the ad…

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NBC News London to Move In With ITV

NBCNewsLogo_8.28.jpgFirst on TVNewser: Sources tell TVNewser that over the next two months, NBC News London staffers will move out of their current facility and move in with ITV News, the news division of British broadcaster ITN. We’re told the networks will share a new, state of the art digital workspace.

NBC’s London move is just the latest in what has been series of moves, both domestically and internationally, as American networks face the rising costs of newsgathering with the growing demand of content on more platforms, including the Web and mobile.

NBC News spokesperson Allison Gollust tells TVNewser some NBC News employees will be re-assigned to ITN, while there have been “some voluntary buyouts” over the last six months. “We don’t expect there will be anything additional connected to the move,” Gollust says.

While ABC has long partnered with the BBC. NBC has had an arrangement with ITN for more than 10 years. ITN reporters often show up on NBC News broadcasts. NBC News even hired ITV’s Ian Williams when it opened a Bangkok bureau in October, 2006.

Says Gollust, “Moves like this enable us to dedicate resources in growth areas — making us stronger and better positioned to face the future.”

Chris Hampson remains NBC News London bureau chief.