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Revolving Door Newsletter: 10.11.11

Bertelsmann AG Parts With CEO; St. Petersburg Chops Five And Maybe More

October 11, 2011
Bertelsmann AG loses its CEO. Hartmut Ostrowski steps down as head of Europe's largest media group after almost four years due to "personal reasons." The decision was mutual, according to The Wall Street Journal, although insiders whisper that the board was not happy with the head. Ostrowski had a year left on his contract and had been with the company for 29 years, but apparently "hadn't repositioned the company quickly enough to achieve broader growth." Thomas Rabe replaces him. He is currently the finance chief at Bertelsmann...

The St. Petersburg Times is chopping jobs after a five percent paycut to all employees. Somewhere between three and eight people are out of work. At least one blog is wondering how there can be layoffs at the country's fourth-best paper. But that's the depressing reality of the business in 2011... The New York Times continues its battle with The Wall Street Journal, snagging Mary Pilon. She will jump from the financial world to the sports one...

A blog buys a newspaper? Yes, indeed. Knighton Media, Inc., which oversees Laws-N-Sausages, purchases The Albany Journal... The Guardian is joining the masses in SoHo. Gawker and The Daily Mail already call the area home. ( started the trend before moving 50 blocks north.)... Spin adds Caryn Ganz as editor-in-chief, online, Christopher R. Weingarten as senior editor and David Bevan as associate editor...

James Hitchcock takes over as executive vice president of marketing at E! Entertainment. He'll report to Suzanne Kolb, network president. He had been marketing and branding officer for the Discovery Channel... Business Insider grabs VentureBeat's Matt Lynley as a new tech reporter. He will relocate from San Francisco to New York... And there are changes at First for Women, NBC News and more...

October 11, 2011: Jon Slusser has been named senior vice president, sports and multi-platform programming, at Spike TV. He had been senior vice president at Spike Digital Entertainment. (release)

October 11, 2011: Kelly Maier has been named sales executive at Miller-McCune. She had been sales executive at Reader's Digest. (mb)

October 11, 2011: Mary Pilon has been named sports reporter at The New York Times. She had been money correspondent at Wall Street Journal. (FishbowlNY)

October 11, 2011: Jane O'Reilly has been named creative marketing director at Travel + Leisure. She had been director of brand strategies at Women's Marketing Inc. (release)

October 11, 2011: Lynya Floyd has been named health director at Family Circle. She had been senior editor for health and relationships at Essence. (mb)

October 11, 2011: CJ Olivares has been named television and video advisor at GrindMedia. He had been general manager at FUEL TV. (release)

October 11, 2011: Erika Summers has been named morning and midday anchor at KLKN-TV in Lincoln, Neb. She had been reporter at KMTV-TV in Omaha, Neb. (TVSpy)

October 11, 2011: Dave Pietrycha has been named SVP and CFO at NBC News. He had been VP and CFO at MSNBC. (TVNewser)

October 11, 2011: Zach Toback has been named executive director of operations at ABC News. He had been vice president of news operations at NBC News. (TVNewser)

October 11, 2011: Will Cain has been named writer and political commentator at The Blaze and GBTV. He will continue as political contributor at CNN. (TVNewser)

October 11, 2011: David Bevan has been named associate editor at Pitchfork Media. He had been staff writer at Rolling Stone. (FishbowlNY)

October 11, 2011: Christopher Weingarten has been named senior editor at Spin. He had been contributor at Rolling Stone. (FishbowlNY)

October 11, 2011: Caryn Ganz has been named editor-in-chief, online, at Spin. She had been editor of "The Amplifier" at Yahoo. (FishbowlNY)

October 11, 2011: Brett Petersel has been named director of business development at The Next Web. He had been audience manager at Mashable. (mb)

October 10, 2011: Dawn Ostroff has been named president at Condé Nast Entertainment. She had been president of entertainment at The CW. (FishbowlNY)

October 10, 2011: Cassandra Zink has been named assistant editor at First for Women. She had been editorial assistant there. (mb)

October 8, 2011: Corbin Chamberlin has been named fashion editor at Downtown Phoenix Journal. He had been writer at Arizona Foothills. (mb)

October 7, 2011: Michele Shapiro has been named executive editor at WeightWatchers. She had been senior editor there. (mb)

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