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Brian Hart To FCC Media Relations - 5/2 - Brian Hart is the new head of media relations at the DC-based Federal Communications Commission. He had been communications director for Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, and did staff work for then-Senators Sam Brownback and Judd Gregg - all Republicans. Hart has also worked outside government with Hill & Knowlton Strategies, Ketchum Public Relations, H&R Block, and the Southeastern Conference.....

Brietbart Rejected For Capitol Press Pass - 4/27 - Breitbart News Network, a conservative media organization once headed by Stephen Bannon, a top adviser to President Trump, isn't qualified to hold a congressional press pass. According to weashingtonpost.com, a committee of journalists who oversee news media access to Congress decided to table indefinitely a Breitbart request for press accreditation. Breitbart had formally applied several months ago for passes that enable reporters to freely move about the heavily guarded Capitol.....

Michael Falcone To WaPo - 4/25 - Michael Falcone joins the Washington Post's Live team as executive producer. He comes from six years at ABC News, where he served as deputy political director and senior Washington editor. Before ABC, Falcone was politics editor at the Huffington Post and a reporter at Politico and the New York Times. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Fox's Heather Nauert Joins State Department - 4/25 - Fox News anchor Heather Nauert (right) has been hired by the State Department to be its spokesperson. She has been a news anchor on "Fox And Friends" since 2012 and has been with Fox News and WNYW, New York City's local Fox TV station, for most of the past 20 years. However, between 2005 and 2007 she worked for ABC News. More at thehill.com.....

WaPo's Costa To Moderate "Washington Week" - 4/21 - Channel 26/WETA names Robert Costa, who is a political reporter for the Washington Post, as the new moderator of "Washington Week," the PBS weekly news analysis series. Produced at the WETA studios in Arlington since 1967, the show features a roundtable of journalists discussing the current political landscape. Costa becomes the eight moderator of "Washington Week," following the death of Gwen Ifill, who had served in the role since October 1999. Several guest moderators, including Costa, had filled in on a temporary basis in the interim. Costa will continue in work with the Post and as a political analyst and contributor to many network television news programs. More at weta.org.....

Sinclair Hires Former Trump Spokesman - 4/18 - NewsBlues tells us that Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcasting Group has hired former White House spokesman Boris Epshteyn as its "chief political analyst." He'll appear regularly on Sinclair's 173 owned-and-operated television stations, including DC's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. Epshteyn abruptly left the White House in March, without explanation.....

Travis Tritten To Examiner - 3/20 - Veteran defense correspondent Travis Tritten joins the Washington Examiner as a defense and national security writer. He will team up with national security reporter Jamie McIntyre and senior editor Dave Brown, contributing to Examiner's website, print magazine, and morning newsletter, "Daily On Defense." Tritten had covered military issues for Stars And Stripes.....

Politico Playbook Launches Afternoon Tip Sheet - 3/20 - Politico Playbook launches Playbook Power Briefing, an afternoon tip sheet to complement the morning's Playbook that provides readers with "everything they need to know about the rest of the day's media narrative - from breaking news to a look inside the rooms where decisions are made," according to a company release. It will be co-authored by Anna Palmer, Jake Sherman, and Daniel Lippman. The trio took over Playbook in July 2016.....

Trump Plans Big Cut For CPB - 3/16 - President Donald Trump made good on a long-time conservative goal in his first proposed budget - targeting the Corporation For Public Broadcasting for complete elimination. Trump's budget would zero out the $445 million budget for the DC-based CPB, a relatively small source of funding for programming and broadcast operations on public TV stations and NPR radio stations nationwide. More at thewrap.com.....

WaPo's Chris Cillizza Joins CNN - 3/13 - The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza is joining CNN Politics as a reporter and editor-at-large, with a digital presence and an on-air role. The left-leaning Cillizza is leaving behind the blog known as The Fix he built at the Post over more than a decade. The Fix has since expanded and now includes a team of bloggers and editors. Cillizza will also be ending his role as a contributor at MSNBC when he joins CNN. "I've been looking for the opportunity to do it all under one roof," Cillizza says. "Having a place to do the writing and the television piece and do it all under one umbrella - that's a pretty unique deal. It's not easy to find." Politico has more.....

FCC's Pai Gets Trump's Approval For 5-Year Term - 3/8 - Trump's happy enough with Ajit Pai to nominate him for a five-year Federal Communications Commission term as chairman. That was apparently what Pai's Oval Office visit on Monday was about - the president told him he'd be getting a full five years at the Commission. Trump had already bumped Pai from commissioner to chairman, but his current term would expire at year-end. According to Tom Taylor Now, we knew "regulatory weed-wacker" Pai was eager to reverse some of his predecessor's policies, and perhaps one of the audiences he had in mind was Trump. Republican and Kansas native Pai joined the Commission in 2012.....

Gustafson Joins NAB - 2/15 - Nicole Gustafson, who most recently worked for the NFL, joins the DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters as vice president of public policy and government. Before the NFL, she worked on Capitol Hill for a number House and Senate members.....

Alt-WHCA Dinner Planned - 1/30 - TBS's Samantha Bee will be hosting an alternative banquet April 29, Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner, against the annual roast of the president, and presidential roast of the media, that has usually drawn a huge Hollywood contingent. More at multichannel.com.....

Trump To Put Stamp On VOA - 1/25 - From Politico: President Donald Trump has dispatched two aides to scope out the studios of Voice Of America, heightening concerns among some longtime staffers that Trump may quickly put his stamp on the broadcasting arm that has long pushed US democratic ideals across the world. The concern among some staffers is especially acute because Trump's administration is getting control over the DC-based broadcasting agency just weeks after Congress moved to eliminate the board of directors that had served as an integrity check on the organization, instead consolidating power with a CEO position appointed by the president.....

Symons Leaving FCC - 1/24 - Federal Communications Commission General Counsel Howard Symons is leaving. Over the years he's rotated between public service and the private sector. Expect new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to start naming his own staff soon.....

Ajit Pai To Head FCC - 1/21 - Ajit Pai, a Republican Federal Communications Commission commissioner, is expected to be nominated by President Trump as the next chairman of the FCC. Pai would succeed Tom Wheeler in the top post. Pai has opposed the FCC's adoption of net neutrality and privacy rules. More at variety.com.....

Alt-WHCA Dinner Planned - 1/30 - TBS's Samantha Bee will be hosting an alternative banquet April 29, Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner, against the annual roast of the president, and presidential roast of the media, that has usually drawn a huge Hollywood contingent. More at multichannel.com.....

WaPo Launches 3 CapHill Newsletters - 1/17 - The Washington Post is expanding its PowerPost team with plans to launch three new daily newsletters in areas critical to the incoming Trump administration and Congress. Modeled after Daily 202, the newsletters will cover the financial services sector, as well as economic and healthcare policy, along with energy and environmental policy. In addition to adding reporters, PowerPost will be hiring a deputy editor and a researcher to help support the expansion. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Ingraham Eyes VA Senate Run - 1/17 - DC-based nationally syndicated conervative talker and Donald Trump supporter Laura Ingraham says she's thinking about running for the US Senate in Virginia, challenging Hillary Clinton's running mate, current Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. Apparently, her team has already reserved a number of domain names, including IngrahamSenate.net, Ingraham2018.com, and IngrahamForVirginia.com. If she runs, she'll have to give up her radio show.....

Trump Planning Big Changes At FCC - 1/16 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that the Trump transition team has agreed on a fundamental makeover of the Federal Communications Commission. "That could mean stripping away the agency's competition and consumer protection functions, handing those watchdog chores to another agency like the Federal Trade Commission." Some favor the "traffic cop" model of regulation, where the FCC would mostly ensure that frequencies were handed out efficiently. Taylor adds that "Republicans in Congress clearly haven't liked the Obama FCC's notions about net neutrality - keeping the internet open to all on the same basis)." The GOP also dislikes Chair Tom Wheeler's tough attitude toward television joint sales agreements. "What does it mean for radio, which is mostly regulated by the Audio Division branch of the Media Bureau, and the Enforcement Bureau? As with other Trump-era takeovers, buckle up for potential significant changes - the most in generations," Taylor adds.....

Tucker To Replace Megyn On Fox News - 1/6 - DC-based Tucker Carlson has been promoted at Fox News to replace Megyn Kelly at 9 PM. NewsBlues tells us that, less than two months ago, Carlson was co-hosting the weekend edition of "Fox & Friends," his long career in television apparently on the downswing. But on November 14, he was named to fill Greta Van Susteren's vacancy at 7 PM on Fox News and "instantly began attracting eyeballs with his aggressive, right-leaning interrogation of guests." Earlier this week, Kelly revealed she's jumping to NBC.....

Confirmed: Van Susteren To MSNBC - 1/6 - The rumors of earlier this week have proved true. Greta Van Susteren is joining MSNBC, taking over the channel's 6 PM time slot with a new show called "For the Record." DC-based Van Susteren's show will feature both news and analysis, working as a bridge from MSNBC's dayside news shows into its more opinion and analysis-focused primetime. The former Fox Newser starts on January 9. More at politico.com.....

Spicer Named WH Press Secretary - 12/22 - Sean Spicer, a top surrogate for Donald Trump's presidential campaign who's now a senior communications adviser for his transition, has been named White House press secretary. Spicer, who had been Republican National Committee communications director since 2011 and the party's chief strategist since 2015, was a forceful defender of Trump in the media. More at huffingtonpost.com.....

Robin Gradison To NBC News - 12/21 - Robin Gradison becomes deputy chief of NBC's Washington news bureau. She'd spent the past two decades in Washington at ABC News, as a producer for "Nightline" and "Good Morning America," and at NPR, as a producer for "Morning Edition".....

Trump Does News Deal With Sinclair - 12/17 - From Politico: Donald Trump's campaign struck a deal with Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group during the campaign to try and secure better media coverage, his son-in-law Jared Kushner told business executives Friday in Manhattan. Kushner said the agreement with Sinclair, which owns television stations across the country in many swing states - including DC's Channel 7/WJLA and Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF - and often packages news for their affiliates to run, gave them more access to Trump and the campaign, according to six people who heard his remarks.....

FCC Head Tom Wheeler To Resign - 12/16 - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat, says he will leave the agency January 20, ending months of will-he or won't-he speculation about his plans. According to Politico, his departure means the FCC will start the Trump administration with a 2-1 Republican majority, allowing the GOP to immediately begin dismantling Obama-era regulations. While it is customary for FCC chairmen to resign at the start of a new administration, Wheeler had for months refused to publicly commit to stepping down when Obama leaves office. While he repeatedly said he would ensure a smooth transition, Republican lawmakers seized on the issue to hold up the confirmation of his fellow FCC Democrat, Jessica Rosenworcel - a move Senate Democrats said violated a deal made with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a year before. The Senate did not approve Rosenworcel for a new term before it left town for recess last week, and she will have to leave the commission by January 3.....

MAL's McFarland To NSC - 12/12 - KT McFarland, who has been a foreign policy analyst on DC news talker WMAL and on Fox News, has been selected for a top job at the National Security Council even though she's been out of government for three decades. So reports Politico.....

Trump Could Reshape VOA - 12/12 - Politico reports that President-elect Donald Trump is about to inherit a newly empowered Voice Of America that some officials fear could serve as an unfettered propaganda arm for the former reality TV star who has flirted for years with launching his own network. Buried in the National Defense Authorization Act that passed last week is a provision that would disband the bipartisan board of the Broadcasting Board Of Governors, the independent US agency that includes Voice Of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, and the Middle East Broadcast Networks. The move, pushed by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce as a way to streamline the agency, concentrates control into a powerful CEO who is appointed by the president.....

Cavender To Leave RTDNA - 12/1 - Executive Director Mike Cavender tells the DC-based Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation that he will retire at the end of 2017. "In the meantime, Cavender will continue to spearhead the association's ongoing efforts to protect the rights of electronic journalists through the many programs and issues in which the association and foundation are actively involved," according to an announcement at rtdna.org.....

Politico Founders Start Axios - 11/30 - Mike Allen and Jum Vandehei, founders of DC-based Politico, talk about plans for their new venture, Axios, which will include a newsletter that "cuts across our topic areas." At vanityfair.com.....

Changes For Examiner's Carney, Freddoso - 11/29 - The Washington Examiner moves Tim Carney into a new role as commentary editor. He's been senior political columnist. He will be switching places with current commentary editor David Freddoso, who will focus on writing as senior columnist. Freddoso will write daily for the Beltway Confidential blog.....

Bloomberg To End Politics Show - 11/18 - With the election now in the rearview mirror, Bloomberg has decided to terminate its daily politics show "With All Due Respect" hosted by the political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin and refocus its Bloomberg Politics team, according to the New York Times. "In the coming weeks, as Washington transitions from the Obama administration to the incoming Trump administration, our Bloomberg Politics team will transition as well - shifting our focus to the impact of politics and policy on the business and financial world," John Micklethwait, the editor in chief of Bloomberg, and Justin Smith, chief executive of Bloomberg Media, said in a staff memo. "Will All Due Respect," which began in October 2014 and was broadcast on Bloomberg TV at 5 PM and MSNBC at 6 PM, will run daily until December 2, after which there will be four hourlong specials setting up the presidency of Donald Trump. The show will end with coverage of Trump's inauguration on January 20.....

Changes For BuzzFeed DC - 11/16 - BuzzFeed is making changes in its DC bureau, naming Adrian Carrasquillo White House reporter, Kate Nocera DC bureau chief, and having John Stanton move to a new role as senior national correspondent. Stanton helped launch BuzzFeed's DC bureau in 2012, and had been bureau chief ever since. More at politico.com.....

Johnson & Palmeri To Politico - 11/14 - Come November 22, Eliana Johnson joins Politico as a national political reporter focused on the Republican Party. She comes from National Review where she oversaw its political coverage. Also joining Politico, Tara Palmeri will cover the White House. Over the years, she's worked for the Washington Examiner, CNN, and CNBC. Palmeri starts on November 28.....

Politico Web Traffic Soars - 11/2 - With one week to go before the polls close on one of the craziest election cycles in recent memory, political news website Politico today announced a record October for the Arlington-based company, with more than 34 million unique visitors to politico.com and 234 million page views. This historic October marks an increase of more than 25 million unique visitors per month from the start of the presidential campaign, and an increase of 10 million unique visitors from our already record high 2016 numbers, according to a Politico release.....

Politico Founders To Launch News Service - 9/7 - The Wall Street Journal reports on Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen's new media outlet: The soon-to-launch company secured about $10 million in financing. NBC News is also backing the venture and will serve as its media partner. The new company is slated to launch in early 2017 and will focus on areas such as tech, health care and business news, and will also include some political and media coverage. The business model will likely have some similarities to the Politico Pro subscription model. VandeHei said subscription pricing will be premium and can be tailored for customers. He noted that there will be a tier of content available for free. VandeHei has hired 17 staffers and aims to have between 50 and 60 employees by the time of the launch. The company will be based in Arlington and will have offices in New York City. Nicholas Johnston, a former managing editor at Bloomberg who helped create a fast-filed news service there called First Word, will be editor-in-chief.....

C-SPAN Promotes Thueringer - 8/12 - Tammy Thueringer has been named a producer at DC-based C-SPAN's morning call-in program, "Washington Journal." She's been a politics producer for the network. Before that, Thueringer was a weekend White House reporter at Bloomberg.....

Luke Russert Leaves NBC News - 7/13 - Luke Russert is leaving NBC News. The son of the late "Meet The Press" moderator Tim Russert, is taking time away from political reporting, a week before the conventions begin, "to pursue other interests" the network said. "It has been a privilege and an honor for me to have worked for NBC News for the last eight years. I will always be eternally grateful for all the opportunities I've received and for the incredible people I've gotten to know along the way. NBC News is family and while it's hard to leave, it's the right decision for me at this time," Luke wrote in a note to staff. So reports politico.com.....

Brown Named Top Editor At Politico - 7/12 - Carrie Budoff Brown has been named the new editor of Politico. After the elections, she will replace Susan Glasser, who is planning to move to Jerusalem in 2017. Brown, who is currently managing editor of Politico Europe, has been with Politico since before its launch in 2007. More at nytimes.com.....

Remake For Politico's Playbook - 7/8 - From Digiday: Born in the Blackberry era, Politico Playbook is now forced to remake itself for smartphones and social media - without its biggest name. Arlington-based Politico is losing its star contributor, Mike Allen, at the most inopportune of times. For nearly 10 years, Allen has pumped out Playbook, Politico's lucrative newsletter that provides a daily dose of scoops and personality bits to more than 100,000 political insiders. Now, right in the middle of the presidential campaign, hes leaving with Politico CEO Jim VandeHei and other executives to start a new political publication. But along with naming Allen's successors, Politico is using the transition to recharge the newsletter, which has been largely unchanged since its launch. That means a bigger social push and down the road, a dedicated presence on Politico.com, called Playbook Plus.....

Joe Concha Joins The Hill - 7/6 - Joe Concha joins The Hill as the Capitol Hill news organizations's media reporter. Based in New Jersey, Concha comes from Mediaite, where he's been covering media and politics. Previously, he was a producer and writer at Fox News Channel.....



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