March 25, 2014
Greg D’Alba is out at CNN. The cable news network’s head of ad sales is leaving his position after 28 years with Turner. The New York Post first reported the news, claiming D’Alba became frustrated with infighting at the company. Turner has since released an internal memo confirming his exit. D’Alba’s responsibilities will be taken over by Donna Speciale, who has been promoted to president of Turner ad sales, in charge of both TV and digital. Speciale has been with Turner since 2012.
Travel Channel has promoted Brigitte McCray, naming her senior vice president of program planning and strategy. McCray joined the cable network in 2010 as vice president of programming.
Katie Nelson Thomson has been named senior talent producer at HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” which premieres on April 27. Thomson was previously a senior broadcast producer at CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”
Tribune Broadcasting has named Angela Betasso senior vice president of sales, beginning March 31. Betasso joins from Gannett, where she was vice president of sales.
“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts will appear on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” next week, serving as a guest judge alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Other guest judges scheduled for this season include Julianne Hough, Ricky Martin and Redfoo from the musical group LMFAO.
Paul Guilfoyle, who has played Capt. Jim Brass on all 14 seasons of CBS’s “CSI,” is leaving the show at the end of the season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Guilfoyle’s final appearance will be in the May 7 season finale.
How’s this for irony–Joe Brown, the star of the now-canceled syndicated court show “Judge Joe Brown,” was arrested in Memphis on Monday and charged with five counts of contempt of court after an alleged outburst during a child support hearing. Brown, who is running for Shelby County district attorney general, has reportedly been released from custody.
Meredith Corp. has promoted Janell Pittman to vice president and general manager, working with both Better Homes and Gardens and the Parents Digital Network. Pittman will also continue in her role as GM of BHG.com.
The Atlantic is replacing its recent brain drain. James Bennet and Bob Cohn have been elevated to co-presidents of The Atlantic. Bennet will retain his title of editor in chief and will continue to oversee editorial and digital, as well as adding product and technology. Cohn, who had been digital editor, will also become chief operating officer. The promotions come after several recent high-profile exits from the magazine, including Scott Havens, the magazine’s former president, who left for Time Inc. Another Atlantic title, the online business site Quartz, has also made two promotions, moving Kevin Delaney and Jay Lauf to co-presidents. Delaney is editor in chief and Lauf is publisher of the title.
Active Interest Media has made a handful of moves, including promoting Patricia Fox to executive vice president of operations. Fox had been senior vice president and general manager of the company’s Healthy Living Group. AIM has also made two hires, naming Kim Paulsen vice president and GM of the Healthy Living Group and Jason Brown vice president and GM for digital. Paulsen joins from Penton Media, Brown from George Little Management.
Ben Richardson, editor at large for Asia at Bloomberg News, has left the organization, citing the mishandling of a story on China’s wealthiest man, Wang Jianlin. In an email to journalism blogger Jim Romenesko, Richardson wrote, “I left Bloomberg because of the way the Dalian story was mishandled and because of how the company made misleading statements in the global press and senior executives disparaged the team that worked so hard to execute an incredibly demanding story.”
Anthony Weiner, the former congressman who made news for sending inappropriate photos of himself to women through social media, has reemerged as a columnist at Business Insider, where he will write about politics and policy. His column will run on the final Friday of each month beginning later this week.
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