Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek Taps Charlie Rose For Column

charlierose121.jpgWhen Bloomberg LP, the new owner of BusinessWeek, trimmed the magazine’s staff by 130 people two weeks ago, many well-known columnists were among those let go. But the idea that Bloomberg is looking to remove all of the big name writers from BusinessWeek‘s pages can be dispelled by yesterday’s announcement that television personality Charlie Rose will join the magazine as a columnist once Bloomberg officially takes over control.

The Emmy-award winning journalist already has a connection to Bloomberg: the Bloomberg Television network rebroadcasts Rose’s nightly PBS interview show. Like his show, Rose’s BusinessWeek column will feature interviews with “the best thinkers, CEOs, politicians and other newsmakers.”

“Each week, Rose will offer insights into and takeaways from those who impact and drive the global business and financial markets,” Bloomberg explained. His first column is set to appear in BusinessWeek‘s December 21 issue.

Bloomberg’s acquisition of BusinessWeek is expected to close today.

Full release after the jump

Previously: More On This Week’s BusinessWeek Layoffs

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Charlie Rose To Join BusinessWeek

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Bloomberg L.P. today announced that Emmy award winning journalist Charlie Rose will join BusinessWeek as a columnist upon completion of its previously announced acquisition of BusinessWeek.

Rose, 67, is known as one of the greatest interviewers in America. His BusinessWeek column will showcase smart conversations with the best thinkers, CEOs, politicians and other newsmakers. Each week, Rose will offer insights into and takeaways from those who impact and drive the global business and financial markets. He will continue as host and executive producer of CHARLIE ROSE, his nightly television program on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), as well as remain a contributing correspondent for 60 MINUTES. The BLOOMBERG TELEVISION network rebroadcasts CHARLIE ROSE to 240 million households globally.

Bloomberg Chief Content Officer Norman Pearlstine, who will serve as BusinessWeek’s chairman, said, “Charlie Rose is a legendary journalist who has interviewed virtually every important player in the world of business and finance. No one is more adept at engaging influential leaders in thoughtful and meaningful conversation and we are delighted to bring his talent to BusinessWeek.”

Rose said, “I am excited, inspired and honored to join BusinessWeek as it becomes part of the Bloomberg family. It offers me an opportunity to work with Norm and the new team at BusinessWeek as we engage the ideas and people that impact our life and work. This relationship makes new possibilities for me in the global conversation.”

Since 1991, Charlie Rose has done more in-depth interviews with Nobel Laureates, and extraordinary men and women of business, politics, science, technology, art, sports, literature and entertainment than any other program in the world. His ability to curate intelligent conversations has made his table the place to be when global leaders want to reach smart audiences.

During his vast career, Rose has held numerous positions in journalism, including executive producer of BILL MOYERS JOURNAL, correspondent for NBC News, anchor of CBS NEWS NIGHTWATCH, and correspondent for 60 MINUTES II. He graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in History and a J.D. from the School of Law. He has received numerous journalistic awards and honorary degrees.

Bloomberg announced its purchase of BusinessWeek on October 13. The acquisition is expected to close tomorrow, December 1, and Rose’s first column is set to appear in the issue dated December 21, 2009.