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Revolving Door Newsletter: 01.15.13

CNET vs. CBS; Layoffs at Reuters

January 15, 2013
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There's trouble at CNET. Media correspondent Greg Sandoval resigns in the wake of a scandal involving Dish Network's Hopper device. "I no longer have confidence that CBS is committed to editorial independence," he wrote in a tweet. Top executives at CBS, possibly even CEO Les Moonves, refused to let the Dish service that helps viewers skip commercials win its "Best in Show" award at CES. Sandoval took issue with the choice of CNET editors to capitulate to the demands, saying they were "honest but used poor judgement." Some people are wondering how this will affect the rest of the CNET staff, citing the growing rift between the tech site and the CBS overlords. Hopefully, it's a one-time issue and we all come out better for it, but who knows? Could Sandoval be the first of many defections?...

On the good news front, Robin Roberts will return to Good Morning America in a matter of weeks. "The last bone marrow tests showed no abnormalities," Roberts said. "The doctors were waiting for all this information before they could tell me I could begin the process of returning home." Expect to see her in February, although the exact date remains TBD... New Bonnier CEO Dave Freygang promotes Eric Zinczenko to executive vice president. He had been in charge of the company's men's group. His first move was to promote Gregory Gatto to publisher...

Layoffs have hit Reuters. The cuts come from many departments including editorial and sales, but the company wouldn't specify how many were affected... The Wall Street Journal launches a WSJ. spinoff called WSJ. Money, which is aimed at the rich set. (We thought that was the target audience of WSJ., but whatever.) Senior deputy managing editor Mike Miller will edit with contributors, including columnists Jason Zweig, Brett Arends and Kelly Greene... Joyce Wadler says goodbye to The New York Times. The longtime staffer takes the buyout to pursue humor writing. Expect more announcements soon as the January 24 deadline approaches... The Orange County Register continues its hiring streak, adding a host of staffers including a feature writer, a baseball writer and a former English teacher...

TaskRabbit recruits Stacy Brown-Philpot as chief operating officer. The former PricewaterhouseCoopers employee spent the last decade at Google where she most recently had been entrepreneur in residence. She also once worked on M&A at Goldman Sachs... AOL's solution to Patch editors leaving seems to be doubling up duties for those who are staying on. That's not the best sign in the world, but the company does need to cut costs somehow... And there are changes at The Financial Times, Gawker and more...

January 15, 2013: Emma Carmichael has been named managing editor at Deadspin. She had been managing editor at Gawker. (FishbowlNY)

January 15, 2013: Tom Scocca has been named deputy editor at Gawker. He had been managing editor at Deadspin. (FishbowlNY)

January 15, 2013: Gregory Gatto has been named publisher of Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Shot Business at The Bonnier Corporation. He had been advertising director there. (FishbowlNY)

January 15, 2013: Dick Stevenson has been named chief Washington correspondent at The New York Times. He had been politics editor there. (FishbowlNY)

January 15, 2013: John Partilla has been named CEO at Olson. He had been chief operating officer at Dentsu Network West. (AgencySpy)

January 15, 2013: Dee Mustafa-Bowne has been named VP/group creative director at Digitas. She had been creative director at Engauge. (AgencySpy)

January 15, 2013: Sharyn Alfonsi has been named contributor for '60 Minutes Sports' at Showtime. She had been correspondent at ABC. (TVNewser)

January 15, 2013: Eric Zinczenko has been named executive vice president at The Bonnier Corporation. He had been EVP of the men's group there. (FishbowlNY)

January 15, 2013: Ruth Pomerance has been named senior editor at Hyperion. She had been a consultant at Image Entertainment. (GalleyCat)

January 15, 2013: Tas Viglatzis has been named CFO and board member at The Financial Times. He had been director of strategy there. (mb)

January 15, 2013: Francis Lam has been named editor-at-large of Clarkson Potter at Random House. He had been features editor at Gilt Taste. (release)

January 15, 2013: Brian Soifer has been named regional vice president, Midwest, at Jun Group. He had been senior director of sales, Central region, at Thrillist Media Group. (mb)

January 15, 2013: Justin Henry has been named director of sales at Jun Group. He had been sales manager at Blinkx. (mb)

January 15, 2013: Jennifer Hahn has been named director of publicity & communications at NBCUniversal International TV Distribution. She had been manager of communications there. (mb)

January 14, 2013: Steven Cardello has been named integrated account manager at Coastal Living. He had been integrated account manager at Southern Living. (mb)

January 14, 2013: Raegan Hill has been named director of staffing service at Onward Search Houston. She had been VP of recruiting at Unleaded Communications. (mb)

January 14, 2013: Glen Karpowich has been named senior editorial designer at Advertising Specialty Institute. He had been freelance art director at Time. (mb)

January 14, 2013: Marissa Hermanson has been named managing edior at Richmond Home. She had been editor-in-chief at Breathe. (mb)

January 14, 2013: Anne Dreyfuss has been named assistant editor at Richmond. She had been staff writer there. (mb)

January 14, 2013: Tina Eschleman has been named assistant managing editor at Richmond. She had been senior editor there. (mb)

January 14, 2013: Brandon Fox has been named food editor at Richmond. She had been managing editor at Richmond Home. (mb)

January 14, 2013: Stephanie Dressler has been named director at Dukas Public Relations. She had been account supervisor there. (mb)

January 14, 2013: Michael Monroe has been named executive director of integrated marketing at Forbes Media. He had been integrated marketing director at Conde Nast. (mb)

January 14, 2013: Sarah Jackson has been named head of professional services and account management of EMEA at Maxifier. She had been head of technical account management at AudienceScience. (mb)

January 12, 2013: Bret Love has been named editor in chief at He had been a freelance writer. (mb)

January 11, 2013: Annie Tomlin has been named beauty director at Refinery29. She had been beauty director at Sugar Inc. (mb)

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