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Revolving Door Newsletter: 07.12.11

Murdoch's Media Empire Disgraced; Turner Sports Scores NBA Star

July 12, 2011
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News Corp. closes News of the World as a result of the phone hacking scandal. It finished its 168-year reign with a classy cover. News International's Rebekah Brooks keeps her job, however, a plan that is causing "lynch mobs" to form. This is going to get uglier before it gets better and it looks increasingly like some big names will fall, possibly including Dow Jones head Les Hinton. He was on top of News International when the phone hacking in question took place. Rupert Murdoch, of course, will emerge relatively unscathed, although his company did put its takeover of BSkyB on hold...

NBC Universal promotes Suzanne Kolb to president of E! Entertainment. She is planning a slate of scripted programming. Kolb had been president of marketing, news and online at the channel... Harry Smith leaves CBS after 25 years for NBC where he will be a correspondent on Brian Williams' new newsmagazine... Turner Sports grabs a huge talent (literally), recruiting Shaquille O'Neal to its stable... CNN hires Cornell Belcher as a contributor. Some are crying foul since he's in the employ of President Barack Obama as a pollster...

Lauren Conrad (yes, her) joins Forbes as a columnist... The Atlantic taps the gloriously named Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg (better known as @fakeTV) to be its new video editor... Ronan Gardiner moves up to publisher at Men's Health...

Josh Topolosky is building a behemoth. He recruits three more Engadget writers to his new SB Nation-affiliated site as well as two other big-name talents in Thomas Hudson and Dieter Bohn... Salon founder David Talbot rejoins the company as interim CEO. He replaces Richard Gingras who resigned in late June... The Huffington Post suspends Amy Lee for over-aggregation. The masses thought that wasn't exactly fair (and they are correct)...

The Hartford Courant cuts jobs in the newsroom as well as positions in production and administration... John Feinstein quits his gig at Navy Radio Network because CBS won't have him participate in a documentary about the Army/Navy game...

Facebook hires Sarah Feinberg, a former special assistant to President Obama. She joins the communications team at the social network... Color loses chief product officer DJ Patil. That's not a great sign for the company which raised $41 million essentially on the strength of its team... Facebook poaches Tom Stocky from Google. He'll be director of product and was most recently the Goog's director of product management for search, client, and infrastructure... And there are changes at Time, Deep Focus, and more...

July 12, 2011: Steve Schwaid has been named VP and news director at WTXF in Philadelphia. He had been VP of digital content at Meredith Stations and news director for WGCL, CBS Atlanta. (TVSpy)

July 12, 2011: Angela Courtin has been named EVP, content and convergence at Aegis Media. She had been SVP, integrated marketing at MTV Networks. (AgencySpy)

July 12, 2011: Nikolas Contis has been named global director, naming at Siegel + Gale. He had been strategy director there. (AgencySpy)

July 12, 2011: Matt Ian has been named EVP and group creative director at Deutsch LA. He had been creative director at Crispin Porter + Bogusky. (AgencySpy)

July 12, 2011: Bob Walker has been named EVP and general manager at The Weather Channel. He had been EVP of marketing and cross platform development there. (TVSpy)

July 12, 2011: Nick LaFave has been named co-anchor at KTAL in Shreveport, La. He had been evening anchor at KQDS in Duluth, Minn. (TVSpy)

July 12, 2011: Irene Mahoney-Paige has been named news director at WLNE in Providence, R.I. She had been executive producer at WTIC in Hartford, Conn. (TVSpy)

July 12, 2011: Craig Lucie has been named weekend anchor at WSB in Atlanta. He had been anchor-reporter at WESH in Orlando, Fla. (TVSpy)

July 12, 2011: Robert Palma has been named SVP of mobile video sales at BrightRoll. He had been SVP of sales at CafeMom. (mb)

July 12, 2011: Joe DeFeo has been named news director at News Channel 8. He had been media strategist at The Media Bin and Fallston Group. (TVSpy)

July 12, 2011: Harry Smith has been named correspondent at NBC News. He had been senior correspondent at CBS News. (TVNewser)

July 11, 2011: Lindsay Damast has been named online editor at Cooking Channel. She had been associate editor at & (mb)

July 11, 2011: Caitlin Brody has been named entertainment assistant at Glamour. She had been editorial assistant at The Knot. (mb)

July 11, 2011: Melanie Mannarino has been named executive editor, women's at She had been deputy executive editor at Redbook. (mb)

July 11, 2011: Laurie Pike has been named editor-in-chief at She had been style editor at Los Angeles. (mb)

July 11, 2011: Melissa Long has been named anchor at WXIA in Atlanta. She had been reporter at Bloomberg Television. (TVSpy)

July 9, 2011: Natasha Dantzig has been named contributing editor at LilSugar. She had been beauty blogger at (mb)

July 8, 2011: Kate Tillotson has been named evening anchor at WWMT-TV. She had been morning anchor there. (mb)

July 8, 2011: Saul Adams has been named executive producer at WPIX. He had been senior producer there. (FishbowlNY)

July 8, 2011: Radhika Jones has been named executive editor at Time. She had been assistant managing editor there. (FishbowlNY)

July 7, 2011: Colby Hamilton has been named blogger at WNYC. He had been reporter at Capital New York. (mb)

July 7, 2011: Claire Joseph has been named client relations manager at Definition 6. She had been freelancer there. (PRNewser)

July 7, 2011: Rich Mel has been named senior editor at Definition 6. He had been editor at Trailer Park Inc. (PRNewser)

July 7, 2011: Marjorie Martin has been named general manager and chief content officer at Canyon Ranch Enterprises. She had been VP, Health at AOL. (PRNewser)

July 7, 2011: Ken Kraemer has been named executive creative director at Deep Focus. He had been group creative director there. (PRNewser)

July 7, 2011: Amy Eagle has been named managing director at Deep Focus. She had been general manager at The Hyperfactory. (PRNewser)

July 7, 2011: Ken Fry has been named SVP at DS Simon Productions. He had been president, business development at On the Scene Productions. (PRNewser)

July 7, 2011: Christine Deerin has been named VP, Washington DC operations at DS Simon Productions. She had been director, west coast operations there. (PRNewser)

July 7, 2011: Shira Zackai has been named broadcast director at M Booth. She had been account manager at Steinreich Communications. (PRNewser)

July 7, 2011: Ed Williams has been named UK CEO at Edelman. He had been director of communications at BBC. (PRNewser)

July 7, 2011: Kevin Chaffee has been named senior adviser at Qorvis Communications. He will continue as editorial consultant at Washington Life. (FishbowlDC)

July 7, 2011: Dan Balz has been named chief correspondent at The Washington Post. He had been political correspondent there. (FishbowlDC)

July 7, 2011: Anthony De Rosa has been named new social media editor at He had been product manager at Reuters. (FishbowlNY)

July 6, 2011: Jessanne Collins has been named managing editor at mental_floss. She had been managing editor at Out Magazine. (mb)

July 6, 2011: Frances Largeman-Roth, RD has been named food and nutrition director at Health. She had been senior food and nutrition editor there. (release)

July 6, 2011: Jack Essig has been named senior VP/publishing director/chief revenue officer at Esquire and Men's Enthusiast Group. He had been publisher at Men's Health and Women's Health. (mb)

July 6, 2011: George Price has been named vice president, business development at DMW Direct. He had been integrated sales executive at Philadelphia Media Network, LLC. (mb)

July 6, 2011: Michael Kimmelman has been named architecture critic at The New York Times. He had been art critic and "Abroad" columnist there. (UnBeige)

July 6, 2011: Serese Cole has been named morning anchor at WOWT in Omaha, Neb. She had been anchor at KOLN-KGIN in Lincoln, Neb. (TVSpy)

July 6, 2011: Robin Harvie has been named senior commissioning editor and digital publisher at Aurum Press. He had been non-fiction commissioning editor and digital editor at 4th Estate. (release)

July 6, 2011: Jennifer Louis has been named creative director at The Weather Channel. She had been design director at CNN. (mb)

July 5, 2011: Diane Anderson-Minshall has been named executive editor at The Advocate. She had been editor-in-chief at Curve Magazine. (mb)

July 5, 2011: Monica Herrera has been named associate editor at Rolling Stone. She had been news editor at (mb)

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