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News Corp Names Former Clinton White House Rep to Top Comms Role

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The streams have crossed, people. News Corp, the “multinational media company” formed as a spinoff of boss Rupert Murdoch‘s larger, identically named venture in 2013, has appointed a veteran White House PR man to the CCO (chief communications officer) position.

That’s the Clinton White House, by the way, where Jim Kennedy worked as Deputy Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to the President. Other past clients include Al Gore and Hillary Clinton, aka The Wall Street Journal‘s favorite people in the world.

Kennedy joins the Corp after a stint as SVP for strategic comms at Sony; his new boss Robert Thomson, who doubles as the EIC for Dow Jones & Company, writes that “His global experience and Washington expertise mean that he has a contact network that extends from Tokyo to Tucson.”

We just hope he won’t have to respond to all the defamation lawsuits filed against the New York Post or answer any NC-17 phone calls from Alec Baldwin.

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BBC Directors Quit Over Handling of Pedophilia Scandal

Jimmy Savile BBC pedophileImagine this nightmare scenario: A well-known TV/radio host and media personality–let’s say Johnny Carson–dies peacefully after spending decades in the public eye as a respected entertainer, philanthropist and occasional newsmaker.

As the public mourns, a series of women currently in their 30′s and 40′s reveal inappropriate relations with the entertainer that occurred when they were still in their formative years, living at boarding houses and rehabilitation centers for troubled children. As the weeks go on, the number of accusers grows from a few to a dozen, then to several hundred. The worst part? Many of these women reported the abuse as it happened, but no one listened to them because the man in question was a celebrity beloved by an entire nation.

This is the story that’s captivated Great Britain for the past month–and it’s not going away anytime soon. The man was Jimmy Saville, and according to his many, many accusers, he molested teenage girls throughout his nearly 50-year career as a BBC TV/radio host and king of celebrity fundraisers. Yet many in the media seemed to accept him as an eccentric character with an unhealthy attraction to adolescent women. Friends and associates would often say, “Oh, that’s just Jimmy.”

Yuck. And it gets worse.

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Fox Wants Judge to Ban Dish Network’s Ad-Skipping Feature

Who doesn’t love the idea of being able to curl up on the couch at the end of the day and watch a favorite TV show without having to suffer through a single commercial? Fox Broadcasting doesn’t. According to AdAge, the News Corp-owned cable giant has asked a judge for a preliminary court ban against Dish Network‘s new DVR feature AutoHop, which allows customers to skip commercials. Why, oh why would Fox try to keep this technological gem out of the hands of its viewers? Might it have something to do with the fact that networks rely on advertisers to keep them in the black? Surely Fox loves their viewers too much to be so selfish.

By the way, AutoHop isn’t the only Dish feature that Fox finds threatening. In an Aug. 22 filing in Los Angeles federal court, the network also reportedly sought to stop Dish from offering its PrimeTime Anytime function, which automatically records all prime-time shows on the four major U.S. networks and saves them for up to eight days. And Fox wasn’t alone in seeking to squelch these new features: Other networks including CBS and Comcast/NBC Universal also sued Dish in May, claiming that AutoHop infringes upon their copyrights and breaches Dish’s contracts. Touchy!

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Roll Call: Hearst Magazines, NNPA, and News Corp

Jeffrey Hamill has been named executive vice president of sales and marketing at Hearst Magazines. He had been senior vice president, advertising sales and marketing for the magazine division of Hearst Corporation since January 1988. The promotion is effective immediately and will involve managing Hearst Integrated Media, which oversees all group advertising sales and marketing efforts for the company’s 20 consumer magazine brands, as well as the corporate research group and the corporate direct response team. (Release)

Bill Tompkins has been named president and CEO at National Newspaper Publishers Association. He currently heads his own consultancy firm, Williams Tompkins Associates, in Los Angeles and had previously been VP and general manager of the motion picture film group at Eastman Kodak Company. (MB)

According to AdWeek, News Corp Chief Digital Officer Jonathan Miller is leaving his position at the end of September and will work as an “outside advisor” to the company for roughly a year. Miller’s exit comes as the latest in a series of top position changes at News Corp. Peter Rice was promoted to chairman of Fox Networks Group last month, Kevin Reilly was promoted to chairman of entertainment last week, and David Haslingden has stepped down as COO of Fox Entertainment. AdWeek reports that we can likely expect more shuffling in the coming weeks. (AdWeek)

Roll Call: PepsiCo, MXM, News Corp, and More

PepsiCo, Inc. announced that Jon Banner has been named senior vice president, global strategy and planning. Banner will be a senior member of PepsiCo’s global communications team responsible for synchronizing, coordinating and planning the company’s communications efforts worldwide and partnering with PepsiCo’s business units to support key business priorities. Banner joins PepsiCo from ABC News. (Release)

Meredith Xcelerated Marketing (MXM) has named Steve Kerho senior vice president/chief strategy officer. Kerho most recently served as senior vice president of strategy, media and analytics at Organic, inc. Also at MXM, Doug Rozen has been named senior vice president/general manager of MXM’s mobile unit, The Hyperfactory. Rozen most recently served as senior vice president, global lead at Aimia Inc. Kerho will be based in Los Angeles, Rozen in New York. (FishbowlNY)

Nathaniel Brown has been named vice president of corporate affairs and communications at News Corp. Brown most recently worked as MTV’s senior vice president of corporate communications and had been with the network since 2010. Prior to his time at MTV, Brown held the same position at XM Satellite Radio from 2005 to 2008. (FishbowlNY)

Marc Grabowski has been named COO at Nanigans. He had been VP of media sales for North America at Yahoo!. At Nanigans, Grabowski will lead the sales, marketing, business development, and operations teams. Highlights of his tenure at Yahoo include driving its acquisition of Interclick and leading Genome sales, mid-market sales, and reseller relationships. (AllFacebook)

Revolving Door: Rupert Murdoch, NBC Universal News Group, Jeff Daniels on ‘CBS This Morning’, and More

Rupert Murdoch (pictured at left) has resigned from a number of News Corp. boards, including his post as director of News International, the holding company for the newspapers at the center of the U.K. hacking scandal. The company is reportedly preparing to divest its publishing and entertainment properties, a split that was approved by the board of News Corp. on June 27. After the split, Murdoch will remain chairman of both companies as well as CEO of the new entertainment company. (Adweek)

Pat Fili-Krushel has been named chairman, news group, at NBCUniversal. Fili-Krushel, who joined NBC when Comcast took over, will now oversee a new unit called the NBCUniversal News group comprised of NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC, The Weather Channel and all their digital properties. (TVNewser)

Sam Grobart is leaving The New York Times for Bloomberg Businessweek. According to a memo obtained by Jim Romenesko, Grobart will “develop multimedia projects” as well as write tech features for Businessweek. Grobart had been with the Times since 2008, most recently as personal technology editor, since 2010. (FishbowlNY)

In case you missed it, actor Jeff Daniels was on CBS This Morning and on MSNBC’s Hardball last Thursday. Daniels, who plays Will McAvoy on HBO’s The Newsroom told Chris Matthews, “It’s not like we’re out trying to whitewash all of cable news. We’re trying to shine a light on the people really trying to tell the truth and get out the truth every day.” (TVNewser)

On a related topic, Aaron Sorkin has gotten rid of his entire Newsroom writing staff, with the exception of his ex-girlfriend Corinne Kinsbury. The Newsroom had 10 credited writers in its premiere season. HBO renewed the show for a second season after its second episode aired. (FishbowlLA)

Viacom has reached a new programming fee agreement with DirecTV, ending a 10-day blackout for the satellite-TV service’s 20 million U.S. viewers. (Ad Age)

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Print Magazines Seek Life Online Via Netflix-Inspired App

The well-documented rise of digital technology has not only changed the ways human beings consume information, but also changed how much they expect to pay for it: nothing.

Print media’s high hope is to transition its wares online, and to reinvent its outreach strategies so that consumers come back to the subscription magazine paradigm. Venerable competitors Time Inc., Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, and News Corp. joined forces in 2009 to form the joint venture Next Issue Media. That venture created a Netflix-inspired app to jump start sales and inspire iPad readers to purchase online subscriptions or single issues of magazines such as Vanity Fair, GQ, and The New Yorker.

Corralling all of these brands into one place could lead to more sales, but these publications need to do more than simply attract eyeballs. The public wants value.

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Trying to Determine the Impact on News Corp.’s Publishing Arm

The News Corp. split separating the publishing arm (Wall Street Journal, HarperCollins, Times of London, etc.) from the entertainment arm (20th Century Fox, Fox News Channel, and other Fox broadcast stations, etc.) will have a limited impact on the company’s publishing business, at least in the short term.

The split makes the entertainment area look more profitable on paper, which is great for it. The now smaller publishing side will now have to face some of the same issues that other publishing companies face: feeling a greater bottom-line pinch from advertising declines and the continued need to rethink the business model, for example. According to The New York Times, the company’s many publishing properties were already undergoing a restructuring that eliminated job security.

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Revolving Door: ‘Good Afternoon America,’ magazine covers, and more

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ABC News will launch a nine-week hour-long program called Good Afternoon America, an extension of GMA, starting July 9. Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer will host with special appearance by other GMA newscasters. The show will air at 2 p.m. ET.

And NBC News anchor and TODAY show weekend anchor Amy Robach has moved toABC News.

The magazine cover takes on renewed significance. [via AdWeek]

Katie Couric at the University of Virginia commencement: ““Some said I lacked ‘gravitas,’ which I’ve since decided is Latin for ‘testicles.’” [via TVNewser]

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Revolving Door: ‘Newsweek’ cover, ‘Rock Center,’ and more

After last week’s much-discussed TIME magazine breastfeeding cover, Newsweek tries to drum up some chatter with this week’s cover, declaring President Obama the first gay President.

After being pulled from the schedule for the rest of May, newsmagazine Rock Center with Brian Williams is on the fall schedule. [via]

Us Weekly is coming to the iPad.

Rebekah Brooks, former CEO of the British division of News Corp, will find out tomorrow if she will face charges related to the phone hacking scandal.

TV broadcasters are taking on the new Barry Diller-backed Aereo service, which would bring televisions stations to paying customers. New York magazine has a big feature about Diller and Aereo this week.

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