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Revolving Door Newsletter: 01.04.13

The Dish Goes Indie; Al Jazeera Buys Current TV

January 4, 2013
Michele Norris comes back to National Public Radio after a leave of absence due to her husband's position as senior advisor to the Obama campaign. She will serve as a host and special correspondent, and work on a series of special programs surrounding "The Race Card Project." The move means that former national security correspondent Audie Cornish officially gets the title of co-host at All Things Considered. She had been serving as a long-term fill-in for Norris. Rachel Martin, who took over in an interim capacity for Cornish on Weekend Edition Sunday, lands the role full time...

Andrew Sullivan is taking his blog and going home -- err, rather independent. The Dish will move to a metered model (think on February 1 as Sullivan and his team leave Newsweek and charge a minimum $19.99 for subscriptions. (Felix Salmon likens the model to Kickstarter, and he's right.) The goodbye post says The Dish has around "a million unpaid obsessives," and 12,000 of them signed on on day one. Good on you AS, but don't try this at home, kids. You will go broke...

Al Jazeera buys Current TV for around $500 million. The deal gives the Qatari-owned network a wider audience in the United States. The status of Current employees is unknown, although it sounds as though some will be retained... Ann Curry reportedly wants out of her NBC contract to join CNN, but at least one media watcher thinks Howard Stern would make a better solution to what ails the 24-hour news network... NBC Sports Network recruits former Fox & Friends co-host Dave Briggs. He'll co-host a show with Michelle Beadle... Jonathan Landman takes a buyout from The New York Times. The 25-year veteran had been culture editor... Taegan Goddard joins The Week, penning a blog called The Cloakroom. He will remain editor and publisher of Political Wire... Former The Washington Examiner and The American Spectator editor J.P. Freire jumps to the other side, getting a job as communications director and speechwriter for Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas)...

Layoffs have finally hit The Washington Times. FishbowlDC reports the paper lost about 25 staffers today, with more layoffs reportedly to come... Len Burnett re-buys Uptown and sends away editor-in-chief Angela Bronner Helm. Features editor Isoul Harris is her replacement... Rachel Zalis will serve as editor-in-chief of a new publication called New You that targets 35-to-50-year old women. She had been West Coast editor at Glamour. Former Vanity Fair team member Don Luciano joins as editorial and creative director with Jamie Lipps signing on as design director... The New York Observer names Ken Kurson editor-in-chief... Poetry magazine editor Christian Wiman leaves the publication that he led to two National Magazine Awards for a position at Yale Divinity School... And there are changes at Marie Claire, AOL and more...

January 4, 2013: Ying Chu has been named executive beauty director at Glamour. She had been beauty and health director at Marie Claire. (FishbowlNY)

January 4, 2013: Wesley Morris has been named writer at Grantland. He had been film critic at The Boston Globe. (FishbowlNY)

January 4, 2013: Greg Gerstner has been named creative director at BBDO. He had been creative director/copywriter at Ogilvy NY. (AgencySpy)

January 4, 2013: Dave Briggs has been named co-host of 'The Crossover with Beadle and Briggs' at NBC. He had been co-anchor of 'Fox and Friends' weekend at Fox News. (TVNewser)

January 4, 2013: Erika Nardini has been named vice president, head of marketing solutions, at AOL. She had been SVP of sales and marketing at Demand Media. (FishbowlNY)

January 4, 2013: Matthew Schwartz has been named group editor at PR News. He had been contributing writer and editor at Crain Communications. (release)

January 4, 2013: Andres Gutierrez has been named executive development director of beauty at Teen Vogue. He had been executive beauty director there. (mb)

January 3, 2013: Jen Chaney is now a freelance writer. She had been Celebritology blogger and entertainment writer at The Washington Post. (mb)

January 3, 2013: Melissa Cronin has been named online editor of Page Six at the New York Post. She had been senior entertainment editor at The Daily. (mb)

January 3, 2013: Jacob Long has been named morning reporter at First Coast News. He had been weekend anchor/bureau reporter at WMBD in Peoria, Ill. (mb)

January 3, 2013: Rachel Martin has been named host of Weekend Edition Sunday at NPR. She had been national security correspondent there. (release)

January 3, 2013: Audie Cornish has been named co-host of All Things Considered at NPR. She had been host of Weekend Edition Sunday there. (release)

January 3, 2013: Michele Norris has been named host and special correspondent at NPR. She returns there after a leave of absence. (release)

January 3, 2013: Christian Wiman has been named senior lecturer at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He had been editor at Poetry. (GalleyCat)

January 3, 2013: Scott Grunther has been named SVP and general manager of media products at Bluefin Labs. He had been SVP at Nielsen IAG. (mb)

January 2, 2013: Ellen Carucci has been named publisher at Modern Farmer Media. She had been integrated sales director at Prometheus Global Media. (mb)

January 2, 2013: Whitney Joiner has been named senior editor at Marie Claire. She had been a freelance writer. (mb)

January 2, 2013: Byron Regej has been named design director at Marie Claire. He had been senior art director at Los Angeles. (mb)

January 2, 2013: Erin Flaherty has been named beauty & health director at Marie Claire. She had been executive beauty editor there. (mb)

January 1, 2013: Jennifer Giannettoni has been named senior broadcast producer at The Garage Team Mazda. She had been a freelance producer. (mb)

December 30, 2012: Catherine Rigod Halprin has been named associate creative director at Answers Media, LLC. She had been senior copywriter at Draftfcb. (mb)

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