2017: A year of monumental change inside media

The top 7 media stories of 2017

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

In 2017, if you worked at a newsroom or a startup or a movie studio, odds are you had a fresh boss, or some of your friends did. There were an unusual number of hand-offs as well as sales as well as straight-up firings.

as well as the alterations will keep coming in 2018. On fresh Year’s Day, A.G. Sulzberger will succeed his father Arthur Sulzberger as publisher of The fresh York Times. Later inside month, Mary Louise Kelly will succeed Robert Siegel on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” as well as Nancy Abraham as well as Lisa Heller will at some point early inside year succeed Sheila Nevins, who has masterminded HBO’s documentaries division for nearly four decades.

Meanwhile, Disney will search for a successor for ESPN president John Skipper, who abruptly resigned earlier of which month. as well as several major media mergers will seek government approval.

Here’s an incomplete look back at the transitions of the last twelve months:

Megyn Kelly joined NBC, Campbell Brown joined Facebook, Shonda Rhimes signed a deal with Netflix. Tamron Hall left NBC, Graydon Carter left Vanity Fair, Marissa Mayer left Yahoo. Greta Van Susteren joined MSNBC, yet her show was cancelled six months later.

as well as Newsweek replaced its top editor twice in one year. Twice in one year!

Let’s go back to January. Sally Buzbee became executive editor of The Associated Press; Lydia Polgreen became the editor of HuffPost; as well as Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen as well as Roy Schwartz launched Axios. of which same month, Doug Herzog left Viacom as well as Michael Lynton stepped down by Sony. Lynton became the chair of Snap.

as well as on as well as on the item went: Noah Oppenheim became president of NBC News. Josh Elliott left CBS under odd circumstances. Matt Belloni became editor of The Hollywood Reporter. Tim Westergren left Pandora. David Karp left Tumblr.

Brad Grey resigned by Paramount in February. He died in May. Colleagues also mourned the loss 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 as well as former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.

There was a tremendous amount of change just at Fox News. After Kelly departed, Tucker Carlson as well as Martha MacCallum were promoted. After Bill O’Reilly was forced out, Carlson won the 8 p.m. time slot, as well as there were even more alterations. “The 5” moved by 5 to 9 p.m., then back to 5. Eric Bolling was suspended, then removed. Later inside year, Laura Ingraham was added at 10 p.m.

Through the item all, Fox News doubled as well as tripled down on pro-Trump talk. Behind the scenes, co-president Bill Shine resigned as well as another top executive, Suzanne Scott, was promoted.

Elsewhere inside pro-Trump media universe, Milo Yiannopoulos resigned by Breitbart. Steve Bannon returned to Breitbart. At the White House, Sean Spicer was replaced by Sarah Sanders. Mike Dubke was replaced by Anthony Scaramucci who was then replaced by trust Hicks.

In fresh York, Rebecca Blumenstein jumped by the Wall Street Journal to The fresh York Times. Later inside year, dozens of prominent journalists left the Times through a buyout process. In Los Angeles, Ross Levinsohn became publisher of the L.A. Times as well as Lewis DVorkin became editor. as well as of which paper’s owner, Tronc, bought the fresh York Daily News.

CBS replaced Scott Pelley with Jeff Glor on the “Evening News.” Ryan Seacrest joined Kelly Ripa on “Live.” Meghan McCain joined “The View.” Koa Beck became editor of Jezebel.

Over the summer AT&T named John Stankey to oversee Time Warner’s media businesses. yet the wireless company’s acquisition of Time Warner (sy88pgw’s parent company) was delayed by the Justice Department, which is actually suing to block the deal on antitrust grounds.

The year was full of big media business deals. Discovery agreed to acquire Scripps Networks. Sinclair struck a deal to swallow up Tribune’s TV stations. Hearst agreed to acquire Rodale. Meredith struck a deal to buy Time Inc.

At the end of the year came a huge transaction: Disney buying most of the 21st Century Fox media empire. More C-suite alterations are sure to follow.

Apple hired the co-presidents of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Jamie Erlicht as well as Zack Van Amburg, to oversee a push into original TV.

inside magazine business, Jay Penske‘s investment in Jann Wenner‘s Rolling Stone capped a year of change for Wenner’s company. Earlier inside year, Wenner had sold Us Weekly to American Media, the publisher of the National Enquirer.

After Carter stepped down by Vanity Fair, Radhika Jones stepped up. Edward Felsenthal succeeded Nancy Gibbs at Time. Nina Garcia succeeded Robbie Myers at Elle. Glamour is actually still looking for someone to replace Cindi Leive.

In some ways, O’Reilly’s April departure by Fox — after secret harassment settlements were revealed — foreshadowed the fall’s “tipping point.” In July, Jamie Horowitz was fired by Fox Sports 1 amid a sexual harassment probe.

Then the floodgates opened in October when The fresh York Times as well as The fresh Yorker published shocking investigations into Harvey Weinstein‘s behavior. right now the Weinstein Company’s future is actually in doubt. as well as many various other media companies are producing alterations due to sexual misconduct allegations against powerful employees.

Matt Lauer, Louis C.K., Tavis Smiley, Mark Halperin, Kevin Spacey as well as Leon Wieseltier are just a few of the men who lost jobs or deals as well as status.

right now Amazon Studios needs a fresh boss. The Paris Review needs a fresh editor. WNYC Radio as well as Vice as well as “The Chew” have openings. The NFL Network as well as ESPN may eventually have openings, too, given the multiple suspensions there. The president of The Ringer remains suspended. So does “On Point” host Tom Ashbrook. as well as John Lasseter is actually on a six-month leave by Pixar.

“Today” has Hoda Kotb filling in for Lauer. PBS has two fresh 11 p.m. shows as replacements for Charlie Rose. NPR has fresh newsroom management inside wake of Michael Oreskes‘ resignation.

The alterations kept coming in December — not all related to the misconduct “tipping point.” Skipper resigned by ESPN citing a substance addiction. ABC’s “20/20” co-host Elizabeth Vargas said she is actually leaving the network next May.

as well as on the last work day of the year, CBS legend Charles Osgood retired by his radio commentaries. He said he had one word of advice for reporters: “Listen.”

For more on the year’s alterations, tune in to “Reliable Sources” on sy88pgw, Sunday at 11 a.m.

sy88pgw (fresh York) First published December 29, 2017: 5:54 PM ET

2017: A year of monumental change inside media

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