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Revolving Door Newsletter: 12.20.13

Katie's Days Are Numbered; Changes at ABC News

December 20, 2013
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The days of Katie Couric hosting a syndicated talk show are almost over. ABC won't renew Katie after its second season, which ends production in June. “We’re very proud of everyone’s contributions to making Katie the No. 1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-2013, and we look forward to the rest of the season," the two parties said in a joint statement. Couric recently signed a massive deal with Yahoo, where she will be "global anchor" (which sounds like something out of Anchorman). There appears to be nothing to the scuttlebutt that Jeff Zucker tried to bring her to CNN... Martin Bashir's time slot at MSNBC will be taken over by Alex Wagner, who was most recently host of the network's political commentary show Now... Meanwhile, Robin Roberts re-signs with ABC News, inking a deal in the high seven figures. She'll stay as a co-anchor of Good Morning America. ABC News hires HLN anchor Ryan Smith as a New York-based correspondent and legal expert. And Mara Schiavocampo, who just tweeted her departure from NBC News, may follow suit in the new year...

The New York Times poaches John Koblin from Deadspin. He'll join the Styles section, taking over a job that Eric Wilson called his own for nine years. Koblin, formerly a media reporter at the New York Observer and WWD, had been covering the sports media beat -- specifically ESPN -- at the Gawker Media site for the past year. Matt Apuzzo, the Associated Press reporter who won a 2011 Pulitzer, jumps to the NYT Justice Department, law and policy beat. Elsewhere, the Times buys out about 20 people on the business side, including Jill Georgievski and John Geddes. Each position will be replaced as part of a plan to bring native advertising to the paper...

Kenneth Li moves to the new AllThingsD as managing editor. He'll work with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher to start the new tech behemoth. The man who wrote the story that inspired the Fast and Furious franchise recently left Reuters... Bloomberg View hires Jonathan Bernstein on the national politics beat. The political scientist has written for outlets, including the Washington Post and The New Republic... Randy Minor trades New York for Elle, where he'll serve as design director... Puja Patel joins Spin as associate editor... FiveThirtyEight snags Mona Chalabi, Benjamin Morris, and Neil Paine...

Everyone seems to want Jay Leno (or at least that's what his PR team would like us all to think). Jimmy Fallon is taking over The Tonight Show in February, meaning the current host will be looking, and The Hollywood Reporter hears that Zucker would like to bring him onboard. (That man has talks with everyone.) Leno has offers or entreaties from almost 10 other outlets as well... Rhode Island School of Design president John Maeda leaves for venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He'll be a design partner and also takes a role on eBay's Design Advisory Board. He had been at RISD since 2008... And there are changes at CBS This Morning, Cohn & Wolfe, and more...

December 20, 2013: Sandy Gleysteen has been named senior producer at CBS This Morning on CBS. She had been senior producer at CBS News in Los Angeles. (TVNewser)

December 20, 2013: Adam Verdugo has been named senior producer at CBS This Morning on CBS. He had been senior producer for Meet the Press on NBC. (TVNewser)

December 20, 2013: John Peck has been named senior producer, on-air operation, at CBS This Morning on CBS. He had been supervising producer there. (TVNewser)

December 20, 2013: Eric Bloom has been named senior producer at CBS This Morning on CBS. He had been supervising producer there. (TVNewser)

December 20, 2013: Diana Miller has been named senior producer at CBS This Morning on CBS. She had been executive producer of Live from the Couch at WCBS/WLNY in New York. (TVNewser)

December 20, 2013: Randy Minor has been named design director at Elle. He had been art director at New York Magazine. (FishbowlNY)

December 20, 2013: Matt Apuzzo has been named reporter at The New York Times. He had been reporter at the Associated Press. (FishbowlNY)

December 20, 2013: Jonathan Bernstein has been named political blogger at Bloomberg View. He had been the writer at A Plain Blog About Politics. (FishbowlNY)

December 20, 2013: Alex Wagner has been named 4 p.m. host at MSNBC. She had been host of Now at the network. (TVNewser)

December 20, 2013: Jesse North has been named web content manager at 92nd Street Y. He had been national editor at (mb)

December 19, 2013: Natasha Powell has been named account director at Bread & Butter Public Relations in Austin, Texas. She had been director of public relations at Broadcast Music, Inc. in Nashville. (mb)

December 18, 2013: Rich Murphy has been named executive producer for digital content at CCTV America in Washington, D.C. He had been senior web producer at WTTG FOX 5. (mb)

December 18, 2013: Gennine Uliasz has been named digital content manager at WXPN-FM in Philadelphia. She had been news editor and producer at (mb)

December 18, 2013: Kristy Zeigler has been named manager of brand partnerships and music strategy at Man Made Music. She had been head of licensing/A&R at The Music Playground. (PRNewser)

December 18, 2013: Dan Venne has been named vice president, supervising producer, at Man Made Music. He had been senior producer/composer there. (PRNewser)

December 18, 2013: Vicky Lewko has been named senior vice president, head of digital health, at Cohn & Wolfe. She had been group director, corporate and strategy, at W2O. (PRNewser)

December 18, 2013: Ethan Kraus has been named vice president of paid and integrated media at Cohn & Wolfe. He had been director of integrated marketing at The Economist. (PRNewser)

December 18, 2013: Ryan Smith has been named correspondent and legal analyst at ABC News. He had been anchor at HLN. (TVNewser)

December 18, 2013: Paul Marcum has been named head of global digital innovation at Bloomberg Media. He had been director of digital marketing and programming at General Electric. (FishbowlNY)

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