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Chris Ariens

Chris joined Mediabistro in July 2007 as editor of TVNewser.com and executive producer of the blog network and was promoted to editorial director in June 2009. Before joining mediabistro, Chris spent seven years at MSNBC, as a producer, coordinating producer for the Olympics, and lastly as executive producer of daytime programs., Chris worked as a producer in local TV news in Green Bay (WLUK) and Tampa (WFTS). Email chris@mediabistro.com and follow @ChrisAriens on Twitter.

Brian Williams: My First Big Break

MediabistroTV debuts a new series today, “My First Big Break” where we talk to media heavyweights about that break that got them to where they are today. Our first episode features Brian Williams, the anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News.” You know what he’s doing now, and you may know a bit about his past. But did you know that early in his career he maxed our his credit cards, had to give up his car, and went bankrupt until, finally, he got that First Big Break? Williams tells us how it came about and how it changed the course of his career.

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Check out our Redesigned mediabistro.com Homepage

If you haven’t seen it yet, head over to mediabistro.com to check out our all new — but not yet finished — homepage. We’ve decluttered the place after years of adding links, more links and even some more links.

It’s got a much cleaner look featuring the four main features behind the brand: Jobs, Courses, Events and News, with mega drop-down menus to take you further into the site.

There are more prominent sharing buttons for our Facebook and Google+ pages, our Twitter stream and our YouTube Channel. We’ve enhanced the search bar while simplifying the overall experience.

We say it’s not quite finished because this is just phase one. Stay tuned for phase two in the New Year, with even more functionality with the same great content you’ve come to expect.

Check out our Redesigned mediabistro.com Homepage

If you haven’t been there yet, head over to mediabistro.com to check out our all new — but not yet finished — homepage. We’ve decluttered the place after years of adding links, more links and even some more links.

It’s got a much cleaner look featuring the four main features behind the brand: Jobs, Courses, Events and News, with mega drop-down menus to take you further into the site.

There are more prominent sharing buttons for our Facebook and Google+ pages, our Twitter stream and our YouTube Channel. We’ve enhanced the search bar and simplified the overall experience.

We say it’s not quite finished because this is just phase one. Stay tuned for phase two in the New Year, with even more functionality with the same great content you’ve come to expect.

Jodi Kahn Upped to President of iVillage

TIME Inc. veteran Jodi Kahn has been promoted to the newly created position of President of iVillage, the New York-based NBC Universal site devoted to women. In the new position, Kahn will continue to oversee iVillage UK, Astrology.com, GardenWeb, Lifegoesstrong.com, Petside.com and DinnerTool.com.

“Jodi has done an outstanding job relaunching iVillage and steering the network to dramatic year-over-year growth,” said Nicholas Lehman, President of Digital for NBCU Entertainment & Digital Networks.

Kahn joined iVillage in the fall of 2008 from Readers Digest Association (RDA), Inc. where she was President of Global Digital Media. Prior to that, Kahn spent 16 years at TIME Inc., where she ran Time for Kids and was a vice president at Time Interactive.

Lance Ulanoff Leaving PCMag.com, Dan Costa Upped to Editor-in-Chief

After 16 years with the PCMag — first in print and later solely online — Lance Ulanoff (left) is leaving the Ziff Davis brand for “other interests.”

Dan Costa, who has been Executive Editor of PCMag.com, is being upped to Editor-in-Chief as well as Senior VP of Content for Ziff Davis. Costa will also continue to oversee the PCMag Labs.

Costa (right) joined PCMag in 2005 as senior editor. Before that, he was Editor of the CNET Fortune Technology Review, managing editor at Workstationplanet.com, and columnist at Computer Shopper.

“It’s an honor to take on leadership of one of the most trusted and valued media brands in the tech category,” said Costa in a new release. “I look forward to building upon our current success of being the consumer’s primary source for timely and reliable information about new products and new technologies.”

After 27 years in print, the January, 2009 issue of PCMag was the final edition. In February of that year, the brand went 100% digital. In the last year alone, the Ziff Davis network of sites is boasting +75% growth in Visits and a +48% increase in Page Views

More in the press release after the jump…

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Radhika Jones is Named an Executive Editor at TIME

Radhika Jones has been promoted to executive editor at TIME magazine. Jones, who has been with the pub three years today, has edited the last two TIME 100 issues and the Mark Zuckerberg “Person of the Year” issue.

Jones joined TIME from Paris Review where she was managing editor. She began her journalism career at the Moscow Times, where she started as a copy editor.

Jones joins TIME’s two other Executive Editors, Nancy Gibbs and Jim Frederick, who is also the Managing Editor of TIME.com.

Memo from Time Inc. EIC John Huey and TIME Managing Editor Rick Stengel, after the jump…

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Mort Zuckerman on News of the World Shutdown: ‘Black Day for the Newspaper Industry’

Mort Zuckerman, who owns the Daily News, went on CNBC this afternoon to talk about the shuttering of the UK’s News of the World, owned by his New York media rival Rupert Murdoch.

“I tip my hat to him for doing that,” said Zuckerman of Murdoch’s decision to fold the 168-year-old newspaper as of this Sunday. “I don’t think a lot of people would have done that. I think he just realized he had to take a decisive step to accept the responsibility for the newspaper that he owns.”

CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera asked, “Tell me you’re not reading some of this with a little bit of glee?”

“I’m not. It doesn’t do the newspaper industry any good. It doesn’t do the credibility of journalism any good,” said Zuckerman

Whose Legs Are These?

Outside.in’s Josephson ‘Thrilled’ to Join AOL; Patch Produces a Piece of Content Every 15 Seconds

Fresh off the news this morning that AOL had acquired hyperlocal aggregator Outside.in for $10 million, representatives from both companies appeared this morning on a panel at Borrell Associates’ Local Online Advertising Conference at the Grand Hyatt to talk about the deal as well as the current gold rush taking place in hyperlocal media.

Mark Josephson, Outside.in’s CEO, said he was “thrilled” to be joining AOL, which will use his technology to beef up aggregation of information around the content produced for its Patch network of hyperlocal sites. He said that Outside.in had gone out of its way to build incredibly powerful tools for local journalists, and to serve consumers by organizing local media sources within tools and dashboards. Josephson said that he had envisioned a partnership with Patch since he heard of the company’s inception.

Patch media president Warren Webster also said he was “extremely exicted” about the deal, saying that pairing Patch’s local professional journalism and efficiency of scale with

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Russell Simmons: ‘I should sue BusinessWeek. I should sue The Washington Post’

Russell Simmons got some bad press for his RushCard, a prepaid Visa card that is an alternative to the big bank cards. The outspoken businessman — who has his hands in music, fashion, TV and now finance — lashed out at BusinessWeek which Simmons claims got the card’s fee structure wrong in an article last June. That report, as many are, was picked up in several other publications. But seven months laster, Simmons is still sore about the story as he told mediabistro.com managing editor Donya Blaze in an interview a few days ago:

The entertainment entrepreneur opened up on a range of topics related to the media: his friendship with Fox News’s Roger Ailes, and what he thinks about the media in general. We talked with Simmons for about 50 minutes. We’ll be running the entire interview later this month across the mediabistro.com blog network.

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