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Revolving Door Newsletter: 05.20.11

Dick Ebersol Out At NBC; Staff Changes At Morning Joe

May 20, 2011
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In a shocking announcement, Dick Ebersol is out at NBC. Richard Sandomir scores the scoop that the Peacock's force of personality steps down after not being able to come to an agreement on a contract with his new Comcast bosses. Ebersol was named president of NBC Sports in 1989. The decision likely means the 2014 and 2016 Olympics will go to ESPN, and it wouldn't be a shock to see the Worldwide Leader hire the TV giant. Mark Lazarus, currently president of NBC Sports Cable Group, will replace Ebersol. This abrupt change has launched the department into chaos...

Glamour wants a publisher. Executive vice president and publishing director Bill Wackermann has been in charge since 2004, but Conde Nast higher-ups keep adding to his duties -- he's working with Brides, Details, W and Bon Appetit -- and the company is ready to hire a full-time person solely for the position. Whether they go inside the company or out will say a lot about how the company feels about its staffers... Could Bob Ryan be retiring in 2012? That's the rumor, in part fueled by the columnist's comments on The Tony Kornheiser Show...

Wenner Media, known for being behind the ball on its Web strategy, recruits Michael Bloom as its chief digital officer. He had been working at startup Sharecare but previously served as VP of digital media at MTV Networks. He takes over for Steven Schwartz, who decamped for Reuters Media... London editor Tim Adler departs, either because he was tired of Nikki Finke "calling him 20 times a day" or because he's "finishing a book and planning to work on other book projects," depending upon whom you ask. The truth, as always, is probably somewhere in the middle...

Chris Licht leaves Morning Joe for CBS News, a move that's been rumored since early this month. He had been the executive producer of the morning show and his primary focus will be the Eye's Early Show program. At Joe, MSNBC installs Alex Korson as executive producer with Ann Edelberg named senior supervising producer... CBS News taps Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, III as its new aviation and safety expert. He first spoke about his heroics on US Airways Flight 1549 in a 60 Minutes segment with Katie Couric... Liberty Media offers to buy 70 percent of Barnes & Noble for almost $1 billion... And there are changes at Guns & Patriots, Maximum Tech and more...

May 20, 2011: Jemima Khan has been named European editor-at-large at Vanity Fair. She runs the Jemima Khan Foundation. (release)

May 20, 2011: Michelle Ebanks has been named president at People en Espanol. She will continue to be the president at Essence Communications. (release)

May 20, 2011: Ryan Ruud has been named PR manager at W3i. He had been associate marketing communications specialist there. (mb)

May 20, 2011: Hank Kosinski has been named executive creative director at Gardner Nelson + Partners, Inc. He had been SVP and group creative director at McCann Worldgroup. (mb)

May 20, 2011: John Patroulis has been named chief creative officer at BBH New York. He had been co-executive creative director and partner at 215. (AgencySpy)

May 20, 2011: Kellie MacMullan has been named anchor at KCRA in Sacramento. She had been anchor at KWGN in Denver. (TVSpy)

May 20, 2011: Liz Tufts has been named anchor, reporter and producer at WLNE. She had been weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at WSHM in Springfield, MA. (TVSpy)

May 20, 2011: Niall Stanage has joined The Hill. He is an author and contributor at various publications. (FBDC)

May 20, 2011: Sam Baker has joined The Hill's Healthwatch blog. He had been associate editor at FDA Week. (FBDC)

May 20, 2011: Tom Philpott has been named food writer and blogger at Mother Jones. He had been food editor at Grist. (mb)

May 19, 2011: Cary Barbor has been named associate producer at Martha Stewart Living Radio. She had been intern at The Leonard Lopate Show. (mb)

May 19, 2011: Stephen Acunto, Jr. has been named account manager at The Week. He had been vice president at HSM Americas. (mb)

May 19, 2011: Ann Edelberg has been named senior supervising producer at MSNBC's Morning Joe. She had been coordinating producer there. (TVNewser)

May 19, 2011: Alex Korson has been named executive producer at MSNBC's Morning Joe. He had been senior producer there. (TVNewser)

May 19, 2011: Chris Licht has been named vice president of programming at CBS News. He had been executive producer at MSNBC's Morning Joe. (TVNewser)

May 19, 2011: Matt Frei has been named Washington correspondent at UK's Channel 4. He had been anchor at BBC World News America. (TVNewser)

May 19, 2011: Mike Riggs has been named associate editor at Reason. He had been reporter at The Daily Caller. (FBDC)

May 19, 2011: Chris Moody has been named political correspondent at Yahoo News. He had been reporter at The Daily Caller. (FBDC)

May 19, 2011: Michael Bloom has been named chief digital officer at Wenner. He had been working at Sharecare. (FBNY)

May 19, 2011: Shane Glass has been named senior fashion manager at GQ. He had been associate director, digital sales at Elle. (FBNY)

May 19, 2011: Mike McPhate has joined the homepage team at The New York Times. He had been entertainment and lifestyle Web editor at The Washington Post. (FBDC)

May 19, 2011: Stephen Bohlinger has been named associate publisher at Food Network Magazine. He had been vice president, publisher at Cooking Light. (FBNY)

May 19, 2011: Eric Forst has been named VP of strategic agency partnerships at Visible Technologies. He had been head of West Coast business efforts there. (PRNewser)

May 19, 2011: Jamie Pallot has been named executive director of multimedia projects at Vanity Fair. He had been editorial director at Conde Nast Digital. (FBNY)

May 19, 2011: Russ Pillar has been named member of the board of directors at Ooyala. He had been CEO at CBS Internet Group. (mb)

May 19, 2011: Oscar Trelles has been named head of technology at Tribal DDB New York. He had been director of technology and a partner at Domani Studios. (mb)

May 19, 2011: Matt Chaney has been named director of affiliate deals success at Second Street Media. He had been product development manager at San Diego Union-Tribune. (mb)

May 18, 2011: Chris Vivion has been named executive producer, video content at Food Network. He had been senior producer at (mb)

May 18, 2011: Laura Goldstein has been named editor-in-chief at AOL Real Estate. She had been a freelance editor. (mb)

May 18, 2011: Robert J. Ramsey has been named vice president and general manager Weigel Broadcasting Co.'s WCIU-TV in Chicago. He had been general manager at Tribune Co.'s Fox affiliate in Sacramento, CA. (release)

May 18, 2011: John R. Hendricks has been named executive vice president of sales at Weigel Broadcasting Co. He had been executive vice president of sales at Tribune Broadcasting Company. (release)

May 18, 2011: Neal F. Sabin has been named president of content and networks at Weigel Broadcasting Co. He had been executive vice president there. (release)

May 18, 2011: Aaron Duncan has been named founder and CEO at He had been senior vice president and creative director of global licensing at Playboy Enterprises. (mb)

May 18, 2011: Neil W. McCabe has been named editor at Guns & Patriots. He had been reporter and photographer at The Pilot . (mb)

May 17, 2011: Michael Brown has been named reviews editor at Maximum Tech. He had been reviews editor at Maximum PC. (mb)

May 17, 2011: Kara Cutruzzula has been named "Omnivore" editor at Newsweek Daily Beast Company. She had been deputy features editor there. (mb)

May 17, 2011: Nicole Frug has been named associate director of photography at Education Week. She had been a freelance photojournalist. (mb)

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