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Andy Lack Leaving Bloomberg for U.S. Government Media Agency

Andy Lack, BloombergAndy Lack, the chairman of the Bloomberg Media Group, is leaving the company and has been named the first CEO of all U.S. government funded international media.

Lack was tapped by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio and TV Martí and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks. A new agency which would replace the BBG recently passed by the House of Representatives but still needs to clear the Senate.

Lack has been with Bloomberg Media since 2008. Before that he was chairman and CEO of Sony Music. Earlier in his career, Lack was a producer for “60 Minutes,” and head of “CBS Reports.” He moved to NBC where, from 1993-2001, he was president of NBC News, and, later, president and COO of NBC.

Rick Stengel, the former managing editor of TIME, now Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, says Lack is “the perfect person – and I really mean the perfect person – to be this organization’s first CEO.”

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Andrew Morse Expected to Leave Bloomberg TV for CNN

Bloomberg LP head of U.S. television Andrew Morse is planning to leave the financial news channel for CNN, TVNewser has learned.

At CNN Morse is expected be in a high-level role related to newsgathering, though his exact title isn’t yet clear. He would report into CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, who has been seeking to refresh the channel’s content and strategy since taking over early this year.

Morse joined Bloomberg TV in June 2011, taking over responsibility for editorial, programming operations and development, while also advising on other Bloomberg Media properties.

Morse began his career at ABC News in 1996 as a desk assistant, before becoming a producer. He took over “Good Morning America” weekend in 2007, and then shifted to ABC News Digital as executive producer of innovation and integration before joining Bloomberg.

CNN and Bloomberg TV declined to comment.

Update: Bloomberg Media chief Andy Lack has confirmed the move in an email to Bloomberg staff obtained by TVNewser. You can read it below.
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Andy Lack’s ‘Four-Screen Strategy’ For Bloomberg: ‘I don’t use the word TV’

Bloomberg Media Group CEO Andy Lack is profiled in this month’s Campaign Asia (the article is behind a paywall) about the integration of mobile technology into the traditional television platform. Lack says his agenda is to have content across as many platforms as posssible:

Having taken up the CEO post in 2008, Lack has influenced a cultural shift at Bloomberg. It’s what he refers to as the ‘four-screen strategy’, a push to get as much content distributed on every device with a screen display, across as many markets as possible. The transformation has led to greater integration, with his teams actively encouraged to think and work multiplatform. And Lack’s big personality and infectious enthusiasm has given those around him the confidence to achieve it.

“The challenge for Bloomberg, for me personally and professionally, is to make sure that our content is robust, fully integrated across our platforms, that we’re giving our viewers and users a seamless experience, and that we can capture them anywhere,” [Lack said]. “We don’t even talk about TV anymore the way we might have five years ago when I started here. I don’t use the word TV.”

UJA to Honor Bloomberg Media Group CEO Andy Lack

UJA-Federation of New York will honor Bloomberg Media Group CEO Andy Lack at its annual broadcast, cable and film event next month.

Lack, who joined Bloomberg in 2008, will be presented with the award by Katie Couric. NBC’s Matt Lauer will serve as the emcee of the event at The Edison Ballroom on April 9. The annual award honors a professional in the field “for his or her philanthropic leadership and service to the New York Jewish community.”

Event chairs include NBC News Group chairman Patricia Fili-Krushel, CBS News anchor Charlie Rose, and ABC News president Ben Sherwood.

The Ticker: Ruhle, CNN en Español, iReporters

  • Stephanie Ruhle joined Bloomberg TV from a Wall Street job less than a year ago. How did that come to be? “I met with [Bloomberg Media Group CEO] Andy Lack. He said, “If you’re in, I’m in. This is a leap for me, too. Close your eyes and let’s do it,’” she tells I Want Her Job.
  • CNN is sending six iReporters, the winners of the “Your Political Ticket” iReport contest, to the political conventions.. Three winners each will be sent to the DNC and the RNC, where they will report live from the CNN Grill on Brooke Baldwin‘s afternoon program.

Early Risers’ Late Nights

A Page Six item today:

It was a media powerhouse at Upper East Side Italian restaurant Elio’s on Wednesday night. At one table, “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose, Donny Deutsch, Piers Morgan and Morgan’s executive producer, Jonathan Wald, gathered for dinner, while “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer and Bloomberg CEO Andy Lack, who was formerly president of NBC News, sat a few tables over. Observers in the room were waiting to see which of the morning show personalities would leave first, given their early morning call times. Lauer was first to call it an early night at 9 p.m., but stopped by the other table to say goodbye. Rose, Morgan and Wald left an hour later.

Hmmm… We wonder who the Post’s source is on that one….

Bloomberg And VICE, Sitting In a Tree…

Are Bloomberg TV and VICE working on a new TV network together? At VICE’s “upfront” presentation last night, that seemed to be the insinuation, according to Ad Age‘s Michael Learmonth.

Vice announced a coming news channel, and told the audience it would be produced in partnership with Bloomberg. Asked for details of this, a Vice spokesman walked it back a bit — this was a boozy affair, after all. It’s not a partnership just yet but talks, which probably explains why Bloomberg Media Networks CEO Andy Lack was briefly in the audience.

VICE already has a large amount of video content, as well as content deals with larger media companies… including CNN.

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Rupert Murdoch, Brian Williams, Lara Logan Among Those Feting Charlie Rose

Last week Bloomberg LP hosted the movers and shakers of the New York media world to fete Charlie Rose, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his eponymous program. Among the attendees: News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch and wife Wendi Murdoch, ABC News anchor Barbara Walters, NBC News anchor Brian Williams and foreign correspondent Richard Engel, CBS News president (and former Bloomberg TV chief) David Rhodes, CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, correspondent Lara Logan and VP of programming Chris Licht. Not surprisingly, Bloomberg Media Group CEO Andy Lack and Bloomberg TV chief Andrew Morse were there, serving as hosts. Also in attendance: actor Bradley Cooper, because why not?

At the event Williams–whose wife Jane Williams contributes to Bloomberg Radio–turned the tables on Rose, and interviewed him abut his career.

Pictures from the event are below.

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Bloomberg’s Andy Lack: ‘Today I don’t think people even talk about traditional television anymore’

Bloomberg Media Group CEO Andy Lack gets profiled by The Bostonian. The magazine digs into Lack’s vision for Bloomberg, as well as his past at NBC News. Lack is bullish on the future of journalism, particularly at his company, noting that it has more worldwide bureaus than all the TV news networks combined, and more reporters than the Wall Street Journal and New York Times combined:

“The essential values and principles that inform the craft of journalism are harder and harder to protect,” Lack says. “The world is more competitive. The digital age places new challenges on old media and the network news organizations that I grew up in. There used to be news organizations that made a few programs a day, and they were predictable. One was at 6:30 in the evening, one at 7 o’clock in the morning, and one famous one on CBS on Sunday evenings. Today we have not only a 24-hour news business, but a global 24-hour news business that is broken down into minutes, not days and hours. Today I don’t think people even talk about traditional television anymore. It’s about video circulating around the planet in many different media and formats. It goes online and it goes to your iPad or smartphone. At Bloomberg, it’s everywhere.”

The magazine speaks to some of Lack’s former colleagues, including ex-NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker and Neal Shapiro, the former head of NBC News and now CEO of

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Andrew Morse named head of Bloomberg TV

Andrew Morse is leaving ABC News after 15 years and joining Bloomberg as head of U.S. Television.

Morse will oversee editorial, programming, operations and development in the U.S. for Bloomberg Television, the 24-hour business news channel. In addition, he will work across Bloomberg’s print, radio, mobile and digital media properties. Morse will report to Bloomberg Media Group CEO Andy Lack.

“As a producer, he’s created exciting, smart television for a global audience, making him an ideal fit as Bloomberg continues to build a world-class multimedia organization,” said Lack in a statement.

Morse joined ABC News in 1996 as a desk assistant in the Washington bureau. Over the years he’s been a producer in the London bureau and was ABC’s Asia bureau chief and producer. In 2004 he returned to ABC News New York and produced the early morning shows before being named EP of “Good Morning America” Weekend in 2007.

Most recently, Morse has been on the ABC News Digital team.

The Bloomberg job became vacant in February when TV chief David Rhodes was named president of CBS News.

Note from ABC News president Ben Sherwood, after the jump…

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