Sep 12, 2012

September Media Moves

Below is a sampling of recent media moves and news compiled by PR Newswire’s Audience Research Department.

Anderson Cooper‘s daytime talk show has been renamed “Anderson Live”. ( The second season will feature rotating guest hosts and will be filmed live. His first guest will be singer/actress Beyonce.

Reed Elsevier, parent company of Hollywood trade paper, Variety has accepted a multimillion dollar bid from Avenue Capital to purchase the longstanding entertainment trade paper. Avenue Capital is the parent company of the The National Enquirer.

Check out Miabella Magazine (, a new magazine out of South Florida spearheaded by Editor-in-Chief Gina Villani Addison ( ( Miabella is a bi-monthly magazine geared towards young women ages 14-21. The focus of the magazine is to provide help and guidance in gaining a positive self-image.

The new owners of the Orange County Register ( has approved 25 newsroom positions, including Movie & Resturant Critics, Business Editor and Auto Reviewer.

NS: Modern Luxury for the North Shore is set to launch in October. The publication will navigate the North Shore area of Chicago, highlighting the local businesses and personalities. Elaine Doremus ( ( will serve as Editor-in-Chief. For additional information visit:

KXTV-TV ( in Sacramento, CA has launched a new weekend morning broadcast, which will be anchored by Kate Larsen. Follow the station on Twitter at

The Los Angeles News Group (LANG) has appointed Gene Warnick to the position of Sports Editor, which will expand his duties to oversee sports for all of the LANG newspapers. LANG newspapers include the Los Angeles Daily News, Daily Breeze, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, San Bernardino Sun, Redlands Daily Facts, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and the Whittier Daily News.

Good Morning America ( Host Robin Roberts ( said goodbye Thursday, August 30th as she is taking medical leave to undergo a bone marrow transplant from her sister. Roberts announced in June that she has Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a rare blood disorder that affects bone marrow. It was then announced there will be a series of guest hosts in her absence such as Oprah Winfrey, Kelly Ripa, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric and more surprise guests.

Live! with Kelly ( has announced ex-football player Michael Strahan will be Kelly Ripa‘s new Co-Host beginning September 4th. Strahan was one of 59 co-hosts who had sat next to Ripa during the past nine months after Regis Philbin left the show. He is expected to also continue his co-hosting job on Fox NFL Sunday.

Highlights Hello ( is a new publication from the Highlights for Kids crew that is ramping up for a January debut. This pub targets toddler up to age 2 and parents with reading and picture activities and advice from pediatricians and other children’s experts. Christine French-Cully is the Editor:

The Red and Black (and Blue?), the University of Georgia newspaper, is now run by Adviser Ed Morales, who is in charge of all editorial content. Editor-in Chief Polina Marinova and the staff of this student-run newspaper have quit in protest of the university’s decision to oversee the Red and Black (

The Birmingham News is going through many changes. The new publisher, Alabama Media Group, has dropped the paper from a daily to a three-day per week publishing schedule. It will now be printed on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The paper will still be updated on its shared website,,  which includes The Birmingham News, Huntsville Times and Press-Register in Mobile.


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