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O'Dwyer's Newsletter - Jun. 18, 2012 - Vol. 45 - No. 25 (download PDF version)

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MEDIA NEWS ____________________


Mia Carbonell, who led corporate communications for HSN and Rodale, among other media entities, has moved to Forbes Media as senior VP of corporate communications.

Forbes magazine

She takes on a role vacated by Forbes’ long-time PR head Monie Begley in May, reporting to Mike Perlis, president and CEO for the past year and a half since the company’s restructuring.

Carbonell was VP/corporate comms. at home shopping giant HSN after three years leading corporate comms. at publisher Rodale.

Earlier, she was executive director, corporate comms., for Time Warner and directed external comms. at Vivendi Universal after stints at Hill & Knowlton and on-air for WPLG (Miami).


Gina Chon resigned her reporter job at the Wall Street Journal after racy emails surfaced this month that revealed a relationship with President Obama’s nominee for the Iraq ambassador post.

“Gina Chon agreed to resign this afternoon after acknowledging that while based in Iraq she violated the Dow Jones Code of Conduct by sharing certain unpublished news articles with Brett McGurk, then a member of the U.S. National Security Council in Iraq,” said Dow Jones in a statement.

The paper maintains that the relationship did not affect Chon’s reporting. The pair is now married.

President Obama has nominated McGurk for the Iraq ambassador slot.


AOL shareholders voted to re-elect all eight members of the company’s board, casting aside a takeover bid by investment firm Starboard Value, which owns 5.3 percent of AOL’s outstanding shares.

“Today's outcome reaffirms our strong belief that AOL has the right strategy and team to successfully execute on our plan to continue to deliver enhanced value for all stockholders,” AOL said in a statement.

Starboard, which got a boost this month with the backing of Institutional Shareholder Services, declared victory in saying AOL “adopted many of our suggestions, taking AOL stock from near an all-time low to near an all-time high.”

Starboard put three directors up for election. ISS backed two of the Starboard candidates and six incumbents on the AOL board.


Advance Publications is cutting 84 of the 173 staffers of the Times-Picayune as the 175-year old paper goes to a three-day a week schedule in the fall, leaving New Orleans as the biggest city without a daily paper. A total of 200 people are getting the boot.

Employees that survived the cut will work for Nola Media Group, which will oversee news coverage. NMG will have a staff of 275.

Other staffers will wind up at Advance Central Services Louisiana, an entity formed to produce the newspaper and provide support services.

The staff reductions are effective Sept. 30.

Steve Newhouse, chairman of, said the layoffs are the best way to keep the T-P “going as a quality news operation.”

Advance is cutting another 400 people in Alabama at Birmingham News, Huntsville Times and Press-Register in Mobile.


Sandra Block, USA Today personal finance reporter and columnist, has moved to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as senior associate editor for the magazine and website.


Block covered topics like taxes, consumer banking, student loans, credit cards, insurance and retirement, and introduced her weekly “Your Money” column in 1998.

Janet Bodnar, editor of KPF, said, “We have always thought Sandy would be a valuable addition to our staff, and the time has finally come.”

Block previously reported for Dow Jones and the Akron Beacon Journal and co-authored “The Busy Family’s Guide to Money” and “Easy Ways to Lower Your Taxes.”


British Prime Minister David Cameron denied showing any favoritism towards Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., saying that it was in his political interest to curry favor with the entire media after he become chief of the Conservative Party in 2005.

Cameron told the Leveson inquiry on June 14 that he met with media people 1,400 times, including 19 sessions with Rebekah Brooks (former editor of News of the World), 15 times with James Murdoch (ex-News International chief) and 10 times with Rupert.

He dismissed as nonsense talk of the existence of either a “covert or overt deal” with Murdoch’s properties.

Cameron took issue with earlier testimony of predecessor PM Gordon Brown of the Labour Party, who said the Conservatives were in Murdoch’s pocket.

Brown testified June 11 that the Conservatives adopted every one of the policies put forward by the Murdoch empire including reducing press regulation and cutting funding for the BBC. Cameron said of Brown’s testimony: “He has cooked up an entirely specious and unjustified conspiracy theory.”

The current PM said he would have fired former spokesman and of News of the World editor Andy Coulson had he had any inside information about the phone hacking scandal.

The Leveson panel demanded that News International release more of the communications between Brooks and Cameron.


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