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Jeff Ballabon Joins CBS News

CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus announced the hiring of Jeff Ballabon as SVP of Communications for CBS News. Ballabon takes over for Sandy Genelius who left CBS for Sony last fall.

McManus writes to the staff, “Jeff will oversee all media relations and public affairs for CBS News, including strategy and planning, day-to-day publicity, internal and external communications, and coordination with CBS Interactive regarding CBSNews.com.”

Ballabon previously served as EVP at Primedia Television and before that held positions at Films Media Group, Channel One News and Court TV. He left Primedia to found Ballabon Group, a public-affairs consultancy. On the Ballabon Group Website, there is a list of testimonials, including this one from G. Gordon Liddy: “When Jeff Ballabon tells you he can do something, consider it done, and done well.”

McManus’ note to the staff is after the jump…

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Sandy Genelius Leaving CBS for Sony

Well, we began the day with PR news, and that’s how will close it…at least until the next post.

Broadcasting & Cable reports CBS News VP of communications Sandy Genelius is leaving the network. Genelius, a 20-year CBS veteran, is joining Sony in the same capacity.

“It would be impossible to overstate Sandy’s dedication, commitment and overall contribution to CBS News,” wrote News & Sports president Sean McManus in an internal email.

Genelius is the second CBS News spokeswoman to leave the network in the last two months. Jennifer Farley, who oversaw PR for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, left the network in August.

Anchors, Networks Stand Up to Cancer

The network anchors are finishing up a week that has taken them to three states in four days: Louisiania, Minnesota and California. The Big 3 emceed last night’s Stand up to Cancer event. USA today called it, “an unusual alliance” since ABC, CBS and NBC also aired the one hour special “with their respective news anchors Charles Gibson, Katie Couric and Brian Williams participating. All did their evening newscasts from the Kodak Theatre, also the home of the Academy Awards.”

And to get a sense of the star status that comes with being a network anchor, check out the video below of Couric, after she, Gibson and Williams finished a series of interviews promoting the event Wednesday night at the RNC.

…and after the jump, the anchors pause for a photo op with the network publicists who organized Wednesday’s interviews, including Sandy Genelius and Leigh Farris of CBS, Lauren Kapp of NBC and Jeffrey Schneider of ABC.

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