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Revolving Door Newsletter: 07.13.12

A Murdoch Is Out; TV Sees Surge In Hiring

July 13, 2012
Elisabeth Murdoch is out as CEO of Shine, the company she started and then sold to dad Rupert Murdoch for an exorbitant amount of money. Alex Mahon takes over the position, while the young Murdoch will be only chairman of the production firm. The official spin from News Corp. is that she wanted to focus on the creative aspects of the business and leave the, well, business side to someone else. Unofficially, Wall Street wonders if she's going to earn a larger role in pop's company. Elisabeth has largely avoided getting tainted by the News of the World scandal and related PR disasters, so it might make sense to elevate the 43-year-old into a position of power. As always, Rupert knows best. Elsewhere at News Corp., the company kills Newscore, its "weird" internal newswire, eliminating 20 positions. The Daily, apparently, is also "on watch," its fate TBD after the November elections...

Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism taps Sreenath Sreenivasan as its first chief digital officer. He had been dean of student affairs. It's a smart move by the school as it seeks to further integrate the digital world into its curriculum... Gersh Kuntzman leaves The Fort Greene and Clinton Hill Locals for a job as deputy managing editor for news at the New York Daily News. Mitchell Trinka, a former intern at the sites and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism alumnus, will take his position... The Washington Examiner watches digital managing editor Tim Richardson leave just eight months into the job. He's going to the Washington Post as senior digital editor/producer...

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram lays off a dozen, including managing editor Lois Norder, as part of its ongoing effort to refocus on digital. Along those lines, Kathy Vetter, managing editor on the Web side, will control most of the newsroom... Carla Robbins says goodbye to The New York Times editorial page. She's going on book leave after five and a half years of being deputy page editor...

Tara Welty lands a new gig as editor-in-chief of Scholastic's Instructor. She had been editor of Scholastic Art... Malcolm Campbell joins amNewYork as senior director of advertising. From 2006 through 2011, he was publisher of Spin... Robin Sayers moves from Martha Stewart Living, where she was beauty and lifestyle director, to the executive editor spot at Martha Stewart Weddings... Some good news: TV news is staffing up more than in previous years... And there are changes at MTV, the NBC and more...

July 13, 2012: Ed Tsue has been named global planning director at Saatchi & Saatchi. He had been planning director at . (AgencySpy)

July 13, 2012: Judy Safir has been named vice president of finance at Conde Nast Media Group. She had been senior executive director for finance and media services there. (FishbowlNY)

July 13, 2012: Daniella Wells has been named vice president, insights and brand strategy, at Conde Nast Media Group. She had been vice president, marketing and strategic planning, there. (FishbowlNY)

July 13, 2012: Pat Connolly has been named vice president, marketing solutions, at Conde Nast Media Group. He had been senior executive director and head of strategy at Ideactive. (FishbowlNY)

July 13, 2012: Josh Stinchcomb has been named vice president, corporate partnerships, at Conde Nast Media Group. He had been vice president of digital sales there. (FishbowlNY)

July 12, 2012: Malcolm Campbell has been named senior director, advertising, at amNewYork. He had been publisher at Spin. (FishbowlNY)

July 12, 2012: Jason Rzepka has been named senior vice president, public affairs, at MTV. He had been head of communications at PopTech Institute. (release)

July 12, 2012: Molly Wyand has been named marketing coordinator at McGraw-Hill. She had been editorial coordinator there. (mb)

July 12, 2012: Tara Welty has been named editor-in-chief at Instructor. She had been editor at Scholastic Art. (FishbowlNY)

July 11, 2012: Brandi Hitt has been named correspondent at NewsOne. She had been reporter and anchor at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. (FishbowlLA)

July 11, 2012: Tim Richardson has been named senior digital editor and producer at Washington Post. He had been digital managing editor at Washington Examiner. (FishbowlDC)

July 11, 2012: Robin Sayers has been named executive editor at Martha Stewart Weddings. She had been editor-at-large at The Los Angeles Times Magazine. (FishbowlNY)

July 11, 2012: Jason Blake has been named vice president, business development, at Brite Promotions. He had been vice president, marketing and client partnerships, at Shecky's Media. (mb)

July 11, 2012: Bob Jordan has been named news director at KIRO 7 Eyewitness News. He had been news director at WFTV. (release)

July 11, 2012: Joe Baratelli has been named CCO at Rubin Postaer and Associates. He had been executive vice president and executive creative director there. (AgencySpy)

July 11, 2012: Joseph Robinson has been named executive vice president of strategic development at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. He had been managing partner at Halo Venture Partners. (release)

July 11, 2012: Pearlena Igbokwe has been named executive vice president, drama development, at NBC. She had been senior vice president, programming, at Showtime. (FishbowlLA)

July 10, 2012: Daniel Jurek has been named vice president, customer relationship management and customer experience, at Digitaria. He had been director, customer experience planning, at Aimia. (mb)

July 10, 2012: Jason Houston has been named principal at Take One Creative. He had been picture editor at Orion. (mb)

July 10, 2012: Chris Contakes has been named vice president, information technology, at PBS. He had been CTO at Atlantic Media Company. (mb)

July 10, 2012: Beth Deutschman has been named vice president of television and media at The Hollywood Reporter. She had been executive director, television, there. (FishbowlLA)

July 10, 2012: Victoria Gold has been named vice president of entertainment at The Hollywood Reporter. She had been executive director, film, there. (FishbowlLA)

July 10, 2012: Michelle Balaz has been named vice president, national sales and marketing, at Great Destinations TV. She had been vice president, national ad director, at Popstar! (mb)

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