RD Recap: An Exit at the Las Vegas Review-Journal; a 2016 Plan for Hearst

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

Mike Hengel steps down as editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, just days after casino magnate Sheldon Adelson was revealed as the owner. “I think my resignation probably comes a relief to the new owners, and it is in my best interest and those of my family,” he reportedly told his shocked staff. Hengel took a buyout, writing, “I never imagined I would go out while working one of the great stories of my 40-year career. Yet, it happened. How lucky can an editor get? I have no idea what I will do going forward, but I plan to stay in Las Vegas, so I’ll probably see you around. Until then, thanks again for everything.” And Hengel will probably not be the only one to go. “Multiple people in managerial positions are preparing to have to make a swift exit, should the need arise,” an unnamed source tells Politico. “People generally feel that if [Hengel] felt things would be adversarial for him, why would they be any better for us?” Meanwhile, Review-Journal parent company News + Media Capital Group grabs Mark Fabiani, once described by Newsweek as a “master of disaster” for his crisis management skills, to help resuscitate its image.

Hearst still believes in the print game and plans to launch a few new “concepts” in 2016. They will likely be in the form of joint ventures, like the Lena Dunham/Jenni Konner Lenny newsletter, but they should still mean more jobs, so that’s good news… Meredith will oversee editorial and operations for Martha Stewart Living and Weddings. It’s unclear if that move will affect the staff, but it’s probably fair to assume at least a few changes will occur… Read More