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Revolving Door Newsletter: 03.11.11

NPR CEO Out; Layoffs At AOL

March 11, 2011
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AOL lays off several hundred employees in the United States and even more abroad. The total comes to 900 out of 4,000 staffers. Plenty of brands lose their editorial teams including Travel, Health and Stylelist. AdAge argues Tim Armstrong (and presumably Arianna Huffington) cut most from the editorial brands that were underperforming. For example, AOL Daily Finance lost 41 percent of its audience from February 2010 to February 2011. Politics Daily also struggled, and editor-in-chief Melinda Henneberger is out. SVP/GM of news Jonathan Dube wants to find his departing staffers new homes, while the company's CEO did say he will increase the editorial body count by 50 to 75 percent over the next 12 months. One of the biggest winners: Huffington Post CTO Paul Berry lands a huge promotion and will handle the tech content for the new media group. (AOL Tech, which won't be touched, grew 49 percent in 12 months.)...

Owen Fegan is New York magazine's new creative director of marketing, joined after a stint as design director at Wenner Media... NewsBeast taps Nathan Geddie as director of editorial operations. He had been Web producer at Disney/ABC Television Network... Wired rewards longtime staffer Maya Draisin, giving her the title of associate publisher, marketing and moving her to New York...

NPR loses CEO and president Vivian Schiller and SVP of development Ron Schiller (no relation) after an embarrassing undercover video surfaces. Ron was already on his way out, but the released footage quickened the process. Kyle McSlarrow, currently president of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, moves to Comcast/NBCU Washington as president. He had been making more than $2 million per year... Lauren Torlone leaves FNC for C-SPAN. She'll serve as a producer for the Washington Journal... JP Dellacamera jumps from ESPN to Fox Soccer Channel. The soccer announcer will call play-by-play for the network's 14 Friday night Major League Soccer telecasts. The Worldwide Leader left him out of the mix for the 2010 World Cup. Elsewhere in the futbol universe, Allen Hopkins also leaves ESPN for FSC. He'll do play-by-play for MLS and Women's Professional Soccer... head Anthony Soohoo steps down, leaving some to wonder if CBS will join Hulu when a new digital chief steps up to the plate. The Web-video venture plans to shrink its board, with Bob Iger and Chase Carey expected to give up their seats... Newsweek's Katherine Barna joins Tumblr, becoming the second staffer from the magazine to move to the blogging company. She'll handle communications... Brian Solis joins Altimeter Group as a principal... And there are changes at Mother New York, Media Source and more...

March 11, 2011: Jon Barrett has been named Los Angeles bureau chief at Entertainment Weekly. He had been editor-in-chief at The Advocate. (release)

March 11, 2011: Katherine Barna has been named publicist at Tumblr. She had been publicist at Newsweek. (Tumblr)

March 11, 2011: Christine Coppa has been named a spokesperson at Yoplait Kids Yogurt. She is a Mama's Boy blogger at and an author. (mb)

March 11, 2011: Ashley Klopfer has been named advertising director at Woman's Day Brand Group. She had been sales development director there. (mb)

March 10, 2011: Lori Segal has been named research director at Allure. She had been research editor there. (mb)

March 10, 2011: Adam Zeller has been named director, consumer marketing at Bravo. He had been director of digital media at Starz. (mb)

March 10, 2011: Peter O'Sullivan has been named chief revenue officer at BuzzLogic. He had been VP of sales there. (mb)

March 10, 2011: Alexis Josephs has been named senior director, sales strategy & development at VEVO. She had been director, East Coast sales there. (mb)

March 10, 2011: Jeff Odiorne has been named co-chief creative officer at Grey NY. He had been a freelance creative director. (AgencySpy)

March 10, 2011: Don Richards has been named group vice president at Raycom Media. He had been general manager at WWBT in Richmond. (TVSpy)

March 10, 2011: Heather Mills has been named reporter and weekend co-anchor at KOB in Albuquerque. She had been anchor at KAUZ in Wichita Falls, TX. (TVSpy)

March 10, 2011: Lee Kamlet has been named dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University. He had been head writer at World News with Charlie Gibson. (TVNewser)

March 10, 2011: Cynthia Miller has been named chief of marketing and communications at AAUW. She had been president at Miller.Omni.Media, Inc. (mb)

March 10, 2011: Martin Savidge has been named anchor and correspondent at CNN. He had been anchor at WNET's World Focus. (TVNewser)

March 10, 2011: Amy Lynn has been named public relations director at NBC News. She had been director, public relations at Fuse. (PRNewser)

March 10, 2011: Libby Langsdorf has been named senior director at Atomic PR. She had been associate vice president for public affairs at New York City's Economic Development Corporation. (PRNewser)

March 10, 2011: Dave Hills has been named CEO at BuzzLogic. He had been general partner at KPG Ventures. (mb)

March 10, 2011: Jacob Styburski has been named chief collaborator at Co Collective. He had been major account director at frog design. (mb)

March 9, 2011: Emily Baucum has been named reporter at KOTV in Tulsa. She had been reporter at KOLR/KSFX-TV in Springfield, MO. (TVSpy)

March 9, 2011: Alyson Courtney has been named anchor at KATV in Little Rock. She had been anchor at KTHV in Little Rock. (TVSpy)

March 9, 2011: Rafer Weigel has been named weekend sports anchor/reporter at WLS in Chicago. He had been sports anchor at HLN. (TVSpy)

March 9, 2011: Charlie McKittrick has been named strategist at Mother New York. He had been executive director marketing strategy consulting at Ogilvy. (AgencySpy)

March 9, 2011: Eric Newton has been named senior advisor to the president at Knight Foundation. He had been VP of journalism and media innovation there. (WebNewser)

March 9, 2011: Michael Maness has been named VP of journalism and media innovation at Knight Foundation. He had been VP of innovation and design at Gannett. (WebNewser)

March 9, 2011: Lauren Torlone has been named producer at C-SPAN's Washington Journal. She had been producer at Fox News Channel. (FBDC)

March 9, 2011: Maya Draisin has been named associate publisher, marketing at Wired. She had been brand and strategy director there. (FBNY)

March 9, 2011: Brian Solis has been named principal at Altimeter Group. He will continue to be the advisor/founder at FutureWorks. (PRNewser)

March 9, 2011: Christopher Panetta has been named senior analyst at Widmeyer Communications. He had been senior analyst at Lake Research Partners. (mb)

March 9, 2011: Elyse Bernstein has been named public relations & social media manager at Hospital for Special Surgery. She had been senior associate at Emanate. (mb)

March 8, 2011: Nathan Geddie has been named director of editorial operations at The Newsweek Daily Beast. He had been Web producer at Disney/ABC Television Network. (mb)

March 8, 2011: Guy Gonzalez has been named director, content & digital product development at Media Source. He had been director, programming & business development at Digital Book World. (mb)

March 8, 2011: Owen Fegan has been named creative director at New York. He had been design director at Wenner Media. (mb)

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