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CNN Departure Lounge Clears Out

Last Friday saw the departure of another group of laid off CNN employees. They are part of the 300-person workforce reduction at the news channel which began last month. Many employees stayed on to help through midterm election coverage. Insiders tell us another group will be making Nov. 21 their last day, while still another wave will depart on Dec. 19.

Among those saying goodbye last Friday, host Jarrett Bellini who’s been with the network more than 10 years. Atlanta-based Bellini, the younger brother of Wall Street Journal senior producer Jason Bellini, was looking forward to going pants-less this week.

Among the big names departing the DC bureau, is Michelle Jaconi, a 12-year NBC News veteran who moved to CNN in 2009 and has been producing special projects for the last several years. “By the end of my time here, my telephone had become the equivalent of the Red Phone. More often than not, it was someone from the top of one of the Turner totem poles needing me to lead a pressing new project,” Jaconi wrote in a goodbye memo.

And as CNN right-sizes , the network continues to fill some slots. Molly Shiels, the coordinating producer for Maria Bartiromo‘s show, left FBN for CNN where she will be coordinating producer for Brian Stelter at CNNMoney. She started yesterday.

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Michelle Jaconi To Helm Breaking News Unit For CNN’s Washington Bureau

CNN is creating a new unit to coordinate live coverage and produce breaking news out of the Washington Bureau, bureau chief Sam Feist announced Tuesday. Michelle Jaconi will serve as executive producer of the team.

Jaconi, who was formerly executive producer of “John King USA,” will helm the Cross Platform Programming Unit, which will consist of the existing live unit, news assistants and political contributors out of the Washington bureau.

“The goal is to amplify CNN’s reporting across as many screens as possible as quickly as possible,” Feist wrote in a memo to CNN staffers yesterday evening (read it after the jump).

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‘John King USA’ Gets a New Executive Producer

Rebecca Kutler will take over as the executive producer of “John King USA” on December 14, Washington Bureau chief Sam Feist announced in a memo today.

Kutler replaces Michelle Jaconi, who transitioned off the show in October as part of the move to the 6pmET hour.

Kutler is currently the executive producer of the first two hours of “CNN Newsroom.” During her time at CNN, she has been based in Atlanta, New York and Washington DC, where she began her career as an intern during the 2000 campaign.

The full memo from CNN is after the jump.

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Michelle Jaconi Moves off CNN’s ‘John King USA’

FishbowlDC reports Michelle Jaconi, the EP of John King USA will transition off the show when it moves to a new timeslot — 6pmET — on Monday. Jaconi joined CNN from NBC News in 2009 as King’s first EP. She’d spent 12 years at NBC — most of it as a producer on “Meet the Press.” Jaconi is expected to stay with CNN in another capacity.

TVNewsers take TIME to Party

Last night People & TIME hosted their White House Correspondents’ Dinner cocktail party at the St. Regis in DC. The event drew a mix of celebs and media.

Several tvnewsers from ABC, CNN, NBC, MSNBC and FNC showed up including: Norah O’Donnell (below, left with Arianna Huffington, Savannah Guthrie (below, right), Ed Schultz, Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, Kelly O’Donnell, Chris Wallace, Greta Van Susteren, Betsy Fischer, Kelly O’Donnell, Ann Compton, Michelle Jaconi and Sam Feist.

(Photos: Getty)

Pilot Season at CNN?

The New York Post‘s Page Six, which has been on a tear recently when it comes to rumors about CNN, posts details today about a few pilots the network has shot in recent weeks.

Among the pilots: a “TMZ-like” show with producers talking conversationally about the days news on camera, and a revival of “Capital Gang,” which was canceled in 2005.

“This reinforces the fact that we shoot pilots all of the time,” a CNN spokesperson told the paper.

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‘John King, USA’ to Feature Twitter, Pundits: They ‘are In Touch With a Community. It Makes Them Valuable’

kingcnn_3-19.jpgThis afternoon, TVNewser got an inside look at the first rehearsal of “John King, USA,” which officially debuts on CNN Monday. The rehearsal was broadcast online and there was plenty of excitement in CNN’s Washington bureau, often stemming from the show’s enthusiastic EP Michelle Jaconi (read our Q&A here).

King’s first in-studio guest was his wife, Dana Bash, — she also appeared during a segment later in the show called, appropriately, “the misses” — and his first interview was with Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), who ran as a libertarian in the first presidential campaign King ever covered.

Afterward, Rep. Paul told TVNewser he thought it went well and joked, “Since it was his first interview, he had to be nice to me.”

Of course, there were the usual kinks, but overall, Sam Feist, CNN’s VP of Washington programming who’s launched a number of programs, told us, “It was the best first rehearsal I’ve worked on.”

After the show, we grabbed King in the hallway for a interview about the run and his feelings on moving to the prominent time slot:

King’s new show continues CNN’s recent focus on online interactivity with a Twitter feed streaming on the wall. Today’s run-through also featured online pundits, segments about social media, and conversations with experts on politics in the internet age. After the rehearsal, King and Jaconi even did an online discussion looking for viewer feedback on the broadcast. So will the show continue to have that web focus?

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‘John King’ EP Michelle Jaconi: ‘I Just Gotta Get Dinner on the Table’

Michelle-Jaconi_3-8.jpgIt’s been four months since Lou Dobbs announced his resignation from CNN and vacated the 7pmET time slot. In two weeks, the hour will finally have a new show and new anchor when John King‘s “John King, USA” launches.

TVNewser spoke with the EP of “John King, USA” Michelle Jaconi, who was previously EP of CNN’s “State of the Union,” about the new show. Jaconi also spent a number of years producing NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and won multiple Emmys with NBC News. For the first time, Jaconi will be working on a program that airs weekdays.

First things first, why the wait?

I think because we’re trying to do things differently and I’m new to [daily programming] as is John King, there was a lot to learn and a lot of ducks to put in a row. We actually got a really new team. In this job market, there were so many people applying that I wanted to make sure I had the best team, so what took the most time honestly was staffing. The amount of people applying for jobs right now is staggering. There kept being layoffs in the industry. More and more qualified people were applying for each spot, so that honestly took the longest time, putting the staff together.

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Former Nightline EP Gets Top Job on Candy Crowley’s Show

tombettag_2-12.jpgFirst on TVNewser: Tom Bettag, the former EP of Nightline during the Ted Koppel days is joining CNN as Senior EP of “State of the Union with Candy Crowley.”

Michelle Jaconi, who had been EP of SOTU with John King is going with King to the 7pmET slot when that begins later this month.

As ABC News began its search for a replacement for George Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” Koppel was considered. Bettag was also in talks to join ABC, but not as EP of a Koppel-hosted “This Week.”

> More: Press release after the jump. “Adding such a renowned producer as Tom to CNN’s lineup further reflects the network’s commitment to serious journalism,” says CNN DC SVP David Bohrman.

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John King Makes It 50 States; ‘SOTU’ EP Heading to 7pm Show

kingwyoming_1-11.jpgIn roughly one year’s time, CNN’s John King managed to travel to all 50 states for his program, “State of the Union,” culminating with a trip to Jackson, Wyoming for a segment that aired yesterday.

“It’s not just a gimmick to say we went to all 50 states,” King told the AP. “It’s worth doing because we learned so much. My body is a little beat up, but I wouldn’t trade this for the world.”

The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik praised King’s work and travel. “The segments that aired under the banners ‘American Dispatch’ and ‘CNN Diner’ included some of the best and most resonant journalism done in television the last 12 months,” he wrote.

If you’re a fan of “State of the Union,” you’ll be happy to know his new weekday program now has another thing in common with the Sunday show he’s departing. TVNewser has just learned that “State of the Union” Executive Producer Michelle Jaconi will head over to EP the new political program King will host in the 7pmET time slot starting in mid-February. Jaconi came to “SOTU” last February from NBC’s “Meet the Press.”