2017: A yr of monumental change within the media


The media world’s digital transformation has been accompanied by a seemingly limitless string of transitions.

In 2017, should you labored at a newsroom or a startup or a film studio, odds are you had a brand new boss, or a few of your mates did. There have been an uncommon variety of hand-offs and gross sales and straight-up firings.

And the modifications will preserve coming in 2018. On New Yr’s Day, A.G. Sulzberger will succeed his father Arthur Sulzberger as writer of The New York Occasions. Later within the month, Mary Louise Kelly will succeed Robert Siegel on NPR’s “All Issues Thought-about.” And Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller will in some unspecified time in the future early within the yr succeed Sheila Nevins, who has masterminded HBO’s documentaries division for almost 4 a long time.

In the meantime, Disney will seek for a successor for ESPN president John Skipper, who abruptly resigned earlier this month. And several other main media mergers will search authorities approval.

This is an incomplete look again on the transitions of the final twelve months:

Megyn Kelly joined NBC, Campbell Brown joined Fb, Shonda Rhimes signed a cope with Netflix. Tamron Corridor left NBC, Graydon Carter left Self-importance Truthful, Marissa Mayer left Yahoo. Greta Van Susteren joined MSNBC, however her present was cancelled six months later.

And Newsweek changed its prime editor twice in a single yr. Twice in a single yr!

Let’s return to January. Sally Buzbee turned govt editor of The Related Press; Lydia Polgreen turned the editor of HuffPost; and Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen and Roy Schwartz launched Axios. That very same month, Doug Herzog left Viacom and Michael Lynton stepped down from Sony. Lynton turned the chair of Snap.

And on and on it went: Noah Oppenheim turned president of NBC Information. Josh Elliott left CBS beneath odd circumstances. Matt Belloni turned editor of The Hollywood Reporter. Tim Westergren left Pandora. David Karp left Tumblr.

Brad Gray resigned from Paramount in February. He died in Might. Colleagues additionally mourned the lack of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, columnist Lis Smith, Condé Nast patriarch Si Newhouse, radio host Alan Colmes, editor Marshall Loeb, journalist Wayne Barrett, columnist Jimmy Breslin and former Fox Information chairman Roger Ailes.

There was an amazing quantity of change simply at Fox Information. After Kelly departed, Tucker Carlson and Martha MacCallum had been promoted. After Invoice O’Reilly was compelled out, Carlson gained the eight p.m. time slot, and there have been even extra modifications. “The 5” moved from 5 to 9 p.m., then again to five. Eric Bolling was suspended, then eliminated. Later within the yr, Laura Ingraham was added at 10 p.m.

By all of it, Fox Information doubled and tripled down on pro-Trump speak. Behind the scenes, co-president Invoice Shine resigned and one other prime govt, Suzanne Scott, was promoted.

Elsewhere within the pro-Trump media universe, Milo Yiannopoulos resigned from Breitbart. Steve Bannon returned to Breitbart. On the White Home, Sean Spicer was changed by Sarah Sanders. Mike Dubke was changed by Anthony Scaramucci who was then changed by Hope Hicks.

In New York, Rebecca Blumenstein jumped from the Wall Avenue Journal to The New York Occasions. Later within the yr, dozens of outstanding journalists left the Occasions by way of a buyout process. In Los Angeles, Ross Levinsohn turned writer of the L.A. Occasions and Lewis DVorkin turned editor. And that paper’s proprietor, Tronc, purchased the New York Each day Information.

CBS changed Scott Pelley with Jeff Glor on the “Night Information.” Ryan Seacrest joined Kelly Ripa on “Stay.” Meghan McCain joined “The View.” Koa Beck turned editor of Jezebel.

Over the summer time AT&T named John Stankey to supervise Time Warner’s media companies. However the wi-fi firm’s acquisition of Time Warner (CNN’s mum or dad firm) was delayed by the Justice Division, which is suing to dam the deal on antitrust grounds.

The yr was full of massive media enterprise offers. Discovery agreed to acquire Scripps Networks. Sinclair struck a deal to swallow up Tribune’s TV stations. Hearst agreed to accumulate Rodale. Meredith struck a deal to purchase Time Inc.

On the finish of the yr got here a huge transaction: Disney shopping for a lot of the 21st Century Fox media empire. Extra C-suite modifications are certain to observe.

Apple employed the co-presidents of Sony Photos Leisure, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, to supervise a push into unique TV.

Within the journal enterprise, Jay Penske‘s investment in Jann Wenner‘s Rolling Stone capped a yr of change for Wenner’s firm. Earlier within the yr, Wenner had bought Us Weekly to American Media, the writer of the Nationwide Enquirer.

After Carter stepped down from Self-importance Truthful, Radhika Jones stepped up. Edward Felsenthal succeeded Nancy Gibbs at Time. Nina Garcia succeeded Robbie Myers at Elle. Glamour continues to be on the lookout for somebody to exchange Cindi Leive.

In some methods, O’Reilly’s April departure from Fox — after secret harassment settlements had been revealed — foreshadowed the autumn’s “tipping level.” In July, Jamie Horowitz was fired from Fox Sports activities 1 amid a sexual harassment probe.

Then the floodgates opened in October when The New York Occasions and The New Yorker printed surprising investigations into Harvey Weinstein‘s conduct. Now the Weinstein Firm’s future is doubtful. And plenty of different media corporations are making modifications resulting from sexual misconduct allegations towards highly effective workers.

Matt Lauer, Louis C.Ok., Tavis Smiley, Mark Halperin, Kevin Spacey and Leon Wieseltier are only a few of the lads who misplaced jobs or offers and standing.

Now Amazon Studios wants a brand new boss. The Paris Evaluate wants a brand new editor. WNYC Radio and Vice and “The Chew” have openings. The NFL Community and ESPN might ultimately have openings, too, given the a number of suspensions there. The president of The Ringer stays suspended. So does “On Level” host Tom Ashbrook. And John Lasseter is on a six-month depart from Pixar.

“At this time” has Hoda Kotb filling in for Lauer. PBS has two new 11 p.m. reveals as replacements for Charlie Rose. NPR has new newsroom administration within the wake of Michael Oreskes‘ resignation.

The modifications stored coming in December — not all associated to the misconduct “tipping level.” Skipper resigned from ESPN citing a substance habit. ABC’s “20/20” co-host Elizabeth Vargas stated she is leaving the community subsequent Might.

And on the final work day of the yr, CBS legend Charles Osgood retired from his radio commentaries. He stated he had one phrase of recommendation for reporters: “Pay attention.”

For extra on the yr’s modifications, tune in to “Dependable Sources” on CNN, Sunday at 11 a.m.

CNNMoney (New York) First printed December 29, 2017: 5:54 PM ET





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