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Revolving Door Newsletter: 04.15.11

Newsweek Loses Owner; ABC Cancels Two Legendary Soaps

April 15, 2011
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Sidney Harman passed away and suddenly everyone wants to discuss the future of Newsweek. The elder businessman was a champion for the cause, but the magazine is losing money (and its last issue had only six ads). The question is whether Harman made provisions for the future of the book in his will. If not, his family may decide to pull the plug. Meanwhile, former Newsweek editor-in-chief Jon Meacham is now penning cover stories for Time, and Jonathan Alter moves to Bloomberg View...

The Associated Press snags former ABC News president David Westin as president and CEO of News Licensing Group, which will work with content and data from the AP and more than 1,000 digital publications. Elsewhere at the AP, union members say mass layoffs could start soon if the News Media Guild does not accept management proposals within the next few days... Pilar Guzman, the new editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Living, recruits Yolanda Edwards as editor-at-large. The pair previously worked together at Cookie where Guzman was EIC and Edwards served as her travel and lifestyle editor...

ABC cancels One Life to Live and All My Children as part of its effort to move away from the struggling genre. Brian Frons, president of daytime, says "the strongest will survive" when it comes to soaps. All My Children -- which moved to Los Angeles in an effort to remain solvent -- will continue through September 2011, while One Life to Live will stay around until January 2012...

Does CNN want to give Soledad O'Brien another show? That's the rumor, as she shot a second pilot in the Piers Morgan Tonight studio that featured interviews with subjects including Donald Trump and Malcolm X's daughter... Bill Moyers will not be returning to PBS because the network cannot find a time slot for its long-serving host... Anderson Cooper, on the other hand, lands a home for his Anderson syndicated talk show...

Mike Mayock joins the NFL Network booth for Thursday Night Football. Joe Theismann and Matt Millen are out, which will undoubtedly please hardcore NFL fans (assuming there is a league next season). hears Gus Johnson may be the new play-by-play guy as the network considers options other than two-year incumbent Bob Papa... Jalen Rose will return to ESPN on April 16. He's been suspended since word of his DUI arrest came to light...

Facebook lands a huge hire, snagging Ji Lee from Google to be the company's first creative director. The social media giant also brings on Vadim Lavrusik as journalist program manager. He will be in charge of building relationships with news organizations... Matt Freeman steps in as global chief innovation officer at McCann Erickson. He had been CEO of Tribal DDB... And there are changes at Google, and more...

April 15, 2011: Vadim Lavrusik has been named journalist program manager at Facebook. He had been community manager at Mashable. (VentureBeat)

April 15, 2011: Kurt Bardella has been named communications director at The Daily Caller. He had been spokesman for Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) (FBDC)

April 15, 2011: Sadie Stein has been named contributing editor at The Paris Review. She will continue to be fashion and arts correspondent and editor at Jezebel. (FBNY)

April 15, 2011: Jonathan Alter has been named columnist at Bloomberg View. He had been columnist at Newsweek. (FBNY)

April 15, 2011: Brian Sullivan has been named anchor at CNBC. He had been anchor at Fox Business Network. (TVNewser)

April 15, 2011: Connell McShane will join Imus in the Morning. He will continue to co-anchor at Fox Business Network. (TVNewser)

April 15, 2011: Spencer Bailey has been named assistant editor at Surface. He had been editorial assistant there. (mb)

April 15, 2011: Winston Binch has been named partner, chief digital officer at Deutsch LA. He had been partner, managing director at Crispin. (AgencySpy)

April 15, 2011: Matt Freeman has been named global chief innovation officer at McCann Erickson. He had been CEO at Tribal DDB. (AgencySpy)

April 15, 2011: Byron Miranda has been named weekend weathercaster at KNBC in Los Angeles. He had been chief meteorologist at KGTV in San Diego. (TVSpy)

April 15, 2011: Geoff Fox has been named meteorologist at WTIC in Hartford. He had been meteorologist at WTNH in New Haven. (TVSpy)

April 15, 2011: Andrea Browne has been named online editor at She had been Web producer at (FBDC)

April 15, 2011: J. Taylor Rushing has been named reporter at Capitol News Connection. He had been Senate reporter at The Hill. (FBDC)

April 15, 2011: David Westin has been named president and CEO at News Licensing Group. He had been president at ABC News. (TVNewser)

April 15, 2011: Kate Bolduan has been named Congressional correspondent at CNN. She had been general assignment reporter at the D.C. bureau there. (TVNewser)

April 15, 2011: Brooke Anderson has been named co-anchor at The Insider. She had been an anchor and entertainment correspondent at CNN. (TVNewser)

April 15, 2011: Tony Harris has been named presenter at Al Jazeera English. He had been anchor at CNN. (TVNewser)

April 15, 2011: Lisa Rosenberg has been named president at Euro RSCG Worldwide. She had been director at Porter Novelli's global brand marketing practice. (PRNewser)

April 15, 2011: Marian Salzman has been named CEO of PR operations in North America at Euro RSCG Worldwide. She had been president there. (PRNewser)

April 15, 2011: Rachel Lyn Honig has been named COO at G.S. Schwartz. She had been managing director there. (PRNewser)

April 15, 2011: Peter McKillop has been named EVP of financial communications at Edelman. He had been director of global communications at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (PRNewser)

April 15, 2011: Jose Lambiet has been named executive editor at Radar Online. He had been editor at The Palm Beach Post's gossip column. (NYPost)

April 15, 2011: David Perel has been named editor-in-chief at Star. He had been editor at Radar Online. (NYPost)

April 14, 2011: John Oldakowski has been named Midwest manager at SHAPE. He had been account manager at Reader's Digest Home & Garden Group. (mb)

April 14, 2011: Aleksandrs Rozens has been named editor at Bloomberg. He had been editor-in-chief at Investment Dealer's Digest. (mb)

April 14, 2011: Siung Tjia has been named creative director at Bloomberg Markets. He had been creative director at ESPN The Magazine. (mb)

April 13, 2011: Kyle Welter has been named account coordinator at Google. He had been community manager at Young & Rubicam. (mb)

April 12, 2011: Ariana Finlayson has been named assistant editor at She had been associate editor at (mb)

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