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Revolving Door Newsletter: 06.11.13

Layoffs at PBS; Troubles at Katie

June 11, 2013
Page Six hears that Katie Couric "might not make it to a third season" at ABC. The anchor-turned-daytime host might be joining her old boss Jeff Zucker at CNN. Her current show is in chaos on and off-screen and is undergoing a shakeup because, as an unnamed source says, "the show... hasn't lived up to expectations." Meanwhile, CNN rehires Kelly Wallace, who had been at iVillage but was the 24-hour news network's national correspondent when she left seven years ago. Her new role, which The New York Times spins as A Sign of the Media in 2013, will exist primarily in the digital space...

Foreign Policy, which saw editor-in-chief Susan Glasser leave for Politico, hires Noah Shachtman as executive editor of news and promotes Peter Scoblic and Ben Pauker to executive editor, analysis and commentary, and managing editor, respectively. Pauker replaces Blake Hounshell, who left after six and a half years. Rebecca Frankel and Shane Harris also join the publication... Frontline director of digital media Andrew Golis leaves for a position as entrepreneur-in-residence at The Atlantic. He will help "infuse innovation, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit" into the publication... BlackBook founder Evanly Schindler buys back the magazine he started in 1996... House Beautiful hires Shax Riegler as executive editor. He had been articles editor at Hearst Design...

The New York Times, which continues to reevaluate its blog strategy, hires Basharat Peer to take over the popular India Ink blog. The 2007 Columbia Journalism School graduate replaces Heather Timmons, who takes a position in Hong Kong... recruits Sam Jacobs as senior editor. He had been national political correspondent at Reuters... BuzzFeed hires Miriam Elder as foreign editor. She is currently The Guardian's bureau chief in Moscow. "Miriam is a great journalist and social web native who has a great sense both for news and for the next big story," BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith said in a statement announcing the news... Richard Rushfield takes a job with Yahoo Entertainment as features editor. Most recently, the long-time journalist was Los Angeles bureau chief at BuzzFeed, although that job ended soon after it began...

PBS NewsHour is laying off staff as part of a major reorganization. The changes will start on July 1, and include shuttering its Denver and San Francisco offices. An internal memo cited "funding challenges" and "opportunities presented by new technologies" as the reason. Going forward, the show will rely more on freelancers... Al Jazeera America hires Josh Bernstein and hands him the "corruption, fraud, waste and official wrongdoing" beat. He had been at KDVR in Denver and also worked at The Daily... Bryan Castellani joins ABC News as SVP of production, operations, business planning and strategy. He had been CFO of Disney's Japan operations... And there are changes at The New Yorker, Entertainment News and more...

June 11, 2013: Breda O'Reilly has been named advertising director at The New Yorker. She had been director of sales at The Guardian. (FishbowlNY)

June 11, 2013: Allison Davis has been named associate editor, The Cut, at New York. She had been assistant editor at Elle. (mb)

June 11, 2013: Andrew Hersam has been named director of sales at Ampush. He had been client partner, global marketing solutions, at Facebook. (AllFacebook)

June 11, 2013: Triston Sanders has been named executive news director at KENS in San Antonio. She had been assistant news director at WWL in New Orleans. (TVSpy)

June 11, 2013: Diane Petzke has been named director of programming and promotion at COZI TV. She had been general manager and director of programming at NYC Media. (TVSpy)

June 11, 2013: Matthew White has been named national digital sales director at MyRecipes. He had been digital account manager at (release)

June 11, 2013: James Dellinger has been named director of content marketing at Liberty Alliance. He had been business development and marketing manager at Dialog New Media. (mb)

June 11, 2013: Kalina Mazur has been named content producer at Institutional Investor. She had been freelance editor at (mb)

June 10, 2013: Miriam Elder has been named foreign and national security editor at BuzzFeed. She had been Moscow correspondent at The Guardian. (FishbowlNY)

June 10, 2013: Sam Jacobs has been named senior editor at He had been national political correspondent at Reuters. (FishbowlNY)

June 10, 2013: Kelly Wallace has been named digital correspondent and editor-at-large at CNN. She had been correspondent at (TVNewser)

June 10, 2013: Josh Bernstein has been named investigative reporter at Al Jazeera America. He had been investigative reporter at KDVR in Denver. (TVNewser)

June 10, 2013: Rhian Cowburn has been named VP of business development at Entertainment News. She had been commercial manager there. (mb)

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