Revolving Door: Changes at OWN, ‘HGTV Magazine,’ and More

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN has announced a number of big changes. First we had news that The Rosie Show, the talk show hosted by Rosie O’Donnell that was introduced with great fanfare back in October, has been cancelled. (Rumor has it the two aren’t speaking.) Among the problems with the show cited by The Daily Beast is its location; Rosie moved to Chicago to film in Oprah’s old studio. “‘People don’t go to Chicago on media tours anymore,’ says one publicist who turned down his clients from appearing on the show.” Yikes.

And now news today that OWN has laid off 20 percent of its staff, 30 people. Their duties will be assumed by remaining staffers and Discovery Communications employees. Deadline Hollywood has the whole run down.

HGTV Magazine is launching with a June/July issue, and three more for 2012. The rate base will be 450,000 readers.

The New York Times has lowered the number of free articles that non-paying readers will have access to, from 20 to 10. The new rule goes into effect in April.

Another 31 advertisers have asked that their ads not run on Rush Limbaugh’s program.

Politico’s Keach Hagey is now the media reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Russell Adams, who previously covered that beat, will be an editor on the markets desk.CapitalNewYork has a list of other WSJ appointments.

A former News of the World reporter Neville Thurlbeck was arrested in connection with the huge phone-hacking scandal. In addition, Rebekah Brooks was re-arrested along with her husband. James Murdoch maintains his innocence.

Gawker Media has two new hires: Rich Juzwiak and WWD‘s John Koblin.

More recent media moves below.

Liesa Goins has been named executive editor at She had been senior editor there. (mb)

Brian Rooney has been named contributor at CBS News. He had been correspondent at ABC News. (TVNewser)

Carl Lavin has been named homepage editor at CNN. He had been national managing editor at Main Street Connect. (FishbowlNY)

Liz Heron has been named director, social media and engagement, at The Wall Street Journal Digital Network. She had been social media editor at The New York Times. (release)

Nicole Marie Melton has been named associate beauty editor at She had been freelance beauty writer there. (mb)

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[image: Oprah and Rosie, during happier times, on the October 2011 cover of Oprah magazine.]