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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Spokeswoman Leaves for CNN

Allison GollustThere’s a new job opening for an ambitious, politically-minded PR professional in the greater New York area: Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s spokeswoman Allison Gollust stepped down from her post today after just four months on the job to return to what would seem to be her first love: broadcast television.

Gollust will now serve as head of communications for CNN. This isn’t an unprecedented move; Gollust previously worked in various communications roles within the NBC organization under newly appointed CNN president Jeff Zucker. Both left the network after its takeover by Comcast.

In her new role as senior vice president, communications, Gollust will serve as official spokeswoman for the brand in additional to managing all PR initiatives and overseeing the 24/7 news channel’s messaging strategy.

Christa Robinson, who served in the senior VP position for 13 years, will leave CNN according to a memo sent to staff by Zucker and reprinted on sister site TVNewser.

Will the newly reunited team be able to turn CNN around? Only time will tell.

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Gollust and Pilot to Leave NBC After Acquisition

Comcast has announced the leadership team that will be in place once  its acquisition of NBC Universal is complete. As we’ve reported previously, comms and PR chief Allison Gollust will be leaving the company and Adam Miller, former president of Abernathy MacGregor, will join Comcast. NBC’s sales and marketing head Mike Pilot will also be leaving the company. Pilot and Gollust will step down at the close of the transaction.

Among the other changes, CEO Jeff Zucker will depart the company and Lauren Zalaznick will become chairman, NBC Universal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media. Bravo, Oxygen, iVillage, Daily Candy, the Integrated Strategic Marketing Group, and other properties will report to her. The Integrated Strategic Marketing Group includes Green is Universal, Women at NBC Universal, and other initiatives.

The complete memo is available on TVNewser.

NBC Universal’s Allison Gollust Leaving Company

Allison Gollust, NBC Universal’s EVP of corporate communications, announced Friday that she was leaving the company, according to Variety.

While she has been VP of corporate communications since 2009, her exit “isn’t a surprise,” according to the article, as she has been chief spokesperson for CEO Jeff Zucker, who the article says will “also depart in the coming weeks.”

Gollust joined NBC in 1998 as a senior publicist at the Today show while Zucker was EP. She previously served as head of communications for the NBC News division. Gollust replaced Cory Shields who moved over to the newly created EVP of global policy strategies and alliances, addressing piracy.

Conan O’Brien Chooses PRNewswire To Release Statement on Future Plans

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PRNewswire must be happy. They have the one piece of content everyone in the media — and the general public — wants to read: Conan O’Brien’s statement saying he won’t do “The Tonight Show” at 12:05 a.m., as NBC would like him to do.

PRNewser has reached out to NBC executive vice president of Corporate Communications Allison Gollust for the network’s reaction and will update this post when we hear back.

NBC Needs To Solidify New Plans Fast After Late-Night Shake Up

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After just several days of rumors and speculation, NBC confirmed Sunday a change to the network’s late-night line up. Now, the question is, will all parties involved except it?

The changes — moving Jay Leno back to late-night at 11:35 p.m. and pushing Conan O’Brien back to 12:05 a.m. — have been accepted by Leno, but not yet by O’Brien who could be considering a move to another network or a legal battle with NBC for breach of contract. The leak period on this news was relatively short, as the first reports of a line-up change emerged this past Thursday.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t matter now, as the focus will be on the mixed messages the line-up changes reveal, less than one year after Leno was heralded as the new face of prime-time for NBC.

“You have the combination of expired content, in terms of current public taste, appearing at the wrong time on a medium that has lost its salience, by whatever standards you use,” Paul Levinson, professor of communication at Fordham University told the Times.

On “The Tonight Show” brand, the TimesDavid Carr said, “Not since New Coke has a storied brand been so thoroughly maimed.” Harsh? Yes, but NBC needed to make a move after intense pressure from affiliate stations, whose profits are down more than 22% in 2009 in part after losing “lead in” audiences to their nightly news due to Leno’s slumping ratings.

Allison Gollust, NBC’s executive vice president of corporate communications, declined to make NBC Jeff Zucker available for interviews thus far. Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, announced the plans at an industry event yesterday in California.

RELATED: NBC PR Swings Into Gear On Leno Show Cancellation Rumors

Allison Gollust Promoted to EVP Corporate Comm at NBC

NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker promoted longtime PR confidant Allison Gollust to executive vice president of corporate communications today, effective July 13th. She joined NBC in 1998 as a senior publicist at the Today Show while Zucker was EP. For the past seven years, she was head of communications for the NBC News division.

Gollust replaces Cory Shields who moves over to the newly created EVP of global policy strategies and alliances, addressing piracy.

Zucker’s memo highlights her work on the switch from Katie Couric to Meredith Vieira, from Tom Brokaw to Brian Williams, and the appointment of David Gregory following Tim Russert’s death.

Gollust will serve as chief spokesperson for NBCU, oversee worldwide media strategy, executive communications, internal communications, as well as philanthropy and community relations.