February 11, 2014
If you were one of the many people tweeting about Bob Costas’ nasty-looking eye Monday night, sorry. You won’t have a chance to do so Tuesday. Costas has been forced to take Tuesday night off with a lingering eye infection, which appeared to have spread to both eyes Monday night. “Today” co-host Matt Lauer serves as fill in for Costas, marking the first time since 1988 that Costas has not been at the helm of a primetime Olympics telecast on NBC (CBS aired the Winter Games in 1998).
CNN Newsource has brought in Polo Sandoval, naming him a national correspondent. Sandoval was previously bureau chief for the Hidalgo County border bureau at the ABC affiliate KRGV in Texas.
Ad agency SK+G has made a number of moves, including hiring Angela Mitchell as associate creative director and writer, Mary Christian as junior art buyer, Tito Muñoz as account coordinator and Tatiana Cordero as traffic manager. The agency has also made a trio of promotions, moving Brooke Bushong to assistant account executive, Khara Scheppmann to account executive, and Jeff Ferrari to account supervisor.
The American Association of Advertising Agencies has named Alison Fahey chief marketing officer, beginning in March. Fahey was most recently executive director of content at Adweek.
IFC has promoted Blake Callaway to executive vice president of marketing and digital media, a new position at the network. Callaway had been senior vice president of marketing.
Nick Schifrin has joined Al Jazeera America as Jerusalem correspondent, covering topics including the ongoing peace talks in the Middle East. Schifrin was previously a London correspondent at ABC News.
John Hesling has been named senior vice president of programming at Shed Media U.S., the production division of Shed Media Group. Hesling was previously executive producer of History’s “Top Gear.”
Digital streaming site Hulu has named Peter Naylor senior vice president of sales, working out of Santa Monica, Calif. Naylor was most recently executive vice president of ad sales at NBC News Digital.
Slate has brought in Mike Pesca to host its first daily podcast show, which will run during afternoon drive time beginning later this month. Pesca joins from National Public Radio, where he worked as a correspondent and guest host on “All Things Considered” and “Talk of the Nation.” He also co-hosts Slate’s weekly sports podcast “Hang Up and Listen.”
Salon has named Thomas Frank politics and culture columnist, with his first piece scheduled to run on Sunday. Frank was formerly a monthly columnist a Harpers.
Jim Clark has been named senior vice president of sales at Tapad, a marketing technology company. Clark, who begins on March 3, was previously vice president of sales at Turn.
Gannett has named Jim Lenahan managing editor of USA Weekend, reporting to USA Today editor in chief Dave Callaway. Lenahan was previously director of Gannett Custom Media/USA Today Premium Publications.
National Journal Group has named Liz Rioux-Christian national account director, in charge of the Northeast region. Rioux-Christian was most recently vice president of content sales at McMurray/TMG.
Trade magazine publisher NewBay Media has brought in Charles Weiss, naming him group publisher for the AV/pro audio group. Weiss joins from Group FMG, where he was vice president of publishing.
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