Moving pieces: Time Inc., CNN, and the Cuomos
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Could Time Warner's reported talks to sell all of its magazines to Meredith except Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated mean anything for sister brand CNN, which is likewise in a transformation phase under new boss Jeff Zucker?
"One logical possibility moving forward is that Time Warner could once again try to integrate its newsmagazines—strong brands with challenging business prospects—with CNN, a struggling brand with strong business prospects," writes Businessweek's Felix Gillette.
That is if Time Warner does indeed plan to hold onto the news titles long term.
Gina Chon of Quartz reports:
A separation could still happen for Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated—just not immediately. The deal with Meredith allows Time Warner to sell the bulk of its print titles. Afterward, Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated could be separated from Time Warner, leaving the parent company protected from the uncertain future of print. A person familiar with the matter said a future spin-off of those magazines is still being considered by Time Warner, but the parent company could also decide to hang on to them.
Elsewhere in Time Warner, CNN has robbed Andrew Cuomo of the communications director hired by the governor just months ago, Allison Gollust, who is joining the network as senior vice president of communications for CNN Worldwide.
Gollust was a close colleague of Zucker's during their time together at NBC. (Zucker also hired Andrew Cuomo's brother, Chris, away from NBC.)
“In the 15 years that Allison and I have worked together, I’ve depended on her judgment, counsel and relationships,” said Zucker in a statment. “She and the strong communications team she’s inheriting will play a critical role in shaping the organization and its story going forward."
In other news...
Brian Stelter on CNN's cruise-ship coverage bonanza. [NYT/Media Decoder]
Layoffs at The Washington Post. [Fishbowl DC]
Fox News has signed Herman Cain. [Politico/On Media]
CNBC's "strict, some say ruthless" guest policy. [Politico/On Media]
Naomi Wolf is in "early talks" with Al Jazeera. [Politico/On Media]
Nat Silver's scrapping with Politico again. [Mediaite]
How big can The Guardian become in the U.S.? [Digiday]
Anna Wintour's managing editor and "right-hand woman" Laurie Jones is stepping down at Vogue. [New York Post]
Quote of the day...
Jonah Lehrer, even today, is probably in a better long-term position to get good quality writing gigs than is, say, a new and squeaky clean graduate of some Midwestern journalism school who doesn't have any personal friends in the New York media world. This is a repulsive state of things. So how about this: if you commit a huge, inexcusable journalistic crime, on the level of Blair or Lehrer, you get blacklisted from paid journalism jobs. If you take time off, and do soul-searching, and improve yourself, and become a truly better person, and achieve spiritual redemption, we will be the first to stand up and applaud you. But you still shouldn't be hired, until every talented person who didn't commit an inexcusable journalistic crime is already safely employed.
Paul Krugman talks about his hate mail:
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Here's CNN's announcement on Allison Golust:
Allison Gollust will join Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. as senior vice president of communications for CNN Worldwide. In her new role, which she assumes in March, Gollust will have oversight of all messaging strategy and execution on behalf of the portfolio of CNN networks and businesses, which includes CNN/U.S., HLN and CNN.com, as well as domestic operations of CNN International and CNN en Español. She will serve as chief spokesperson for the news brand and will lead publicity and public relations teams in New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Los Angeles. Gollust will be based in New York and will report to Jeff Matteson, senior vice president of communications for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., while working closely with her longtime colleague Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.
“Allison is among the most experienced and respected communications executives in the media industry, and her close working relationship with Jeff Zucker is one of its most successful professional partnerships,” said Matteson. “The regard in which she is held by the press and her peers; her reputation for integrity, accessibility and candor; her ability to lead talented teams; and her importance to Jeff as an adviser and spokesperson make her a great fit for this key role, and a great addition to Turner Broadcasting’s leadership ranks.”
“In the 15 years that Allison and I have worked together, I’ve depended on her judgment, counsel and relationships,” said Zucker. “Allison is joining CNN at an exciting time, and she and the strong communications team she’s inheriting will play a critical role in shaping the organization and its story going forward. It’s great to have her at CNN.”
Most recently, Gollust served as communications director for New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Prior to that, she was executive vice president of corporate communications for NBC Universal, where she oversaw all aspects of the company’s global communications efforts. She started at NBC in the Corporate Communications group in 1996 and was named senior publicist for Today in 1997. With successive promotions, Gollust added responsibility for communications efforts supporting NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and the Weather Channel, and signature programs including NBC Nightly News, Dateline and Meet the Press. She began her career as a news anchor, reporter and producer in Denver.
AFP is now on Tumblr:
AFP strengthens its presence on the social networks with the launch of a tumblr and twitter account dedicated to the work conducted by its photojournalists.
Tumblr gives Web users a chance to view a selection of AFP photos chosen by the Agency's photo department. From sports to the hottest international news, from cultural topics to the most outlandish, these shots reflect the entire range of topics the Agency's photo-reporters cover every day:
Twitter @AFPphoto selects a portion of the pictures headlined by the media subscribing to the agency's photo production. It offers an opportunity to quickly access the most popular images recognized by the media around the globe: https://twitter.com/AFPphoto
"Whether impacting, emblematic, enigmatic or historical, a photo can become a hit on the social networks within minutes. With the launch of these two photo platforms, AFP shares the wealth of its content and once again demonstrates the excellent work of its photojournalists," says AFP CEO Emmanuel Hoog.
Forbes touts "record-setting" traffic month:
Forbes today announced that Forbes.com hit a record-setting month in January 2013, drawing approximately 16 million unique monthly visitors in the U.S. according to comScore – an increase of 26% since January 2012. These numbers place Forbes.com ahead of its competitors’ websites: WallStreetJournal.com, Bloomberg.com, BusinessWeek.com and CNNMoney.com. In addition, since its reinvention, Forbes.com has achieved a 67 percent increase in unique monthly visitors from June 2010 to January 2013 according to comScore U.S.
“Over the last two and a half years, Forbes has redoubled its efforts to drive digital innovation – and the efforts are bearing fruit. In 2012, Forbes had its best year-over-year digital advertising revenue growth since 2006,” said Mike Perlis, President and CEO of Forbes Media. “Our editorial staff and contributors are producing content that’s more engaging and relevant, which has contributed to the record-breaking numbers we’re seeing in traffic and digital revenues. We look forward to continuing to make a positive impact on our audience through innovation and compelling content.”