RD Recap: Google Restructures as Alphabet; New Hires at WSJ

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

Revolving DoorGoogle’s leaders restructure the Internet behemoth, creating a parent company with a new, overarching umbrella. “For Sergey and me this is a very exciting new chapter in the life of Google—the birth of Alphabet,” Google chief executive Larry Page explained in a note announcing the news. “We liked the name Alphabet because it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of humanity’s most important innovations, and is the core of how we index with Google search.” Page will oversee Alphabet along with Google founder Sergey Brin. Google senior vice president of products, Sundar Pichai, gets the keys to the Google castle. Here’s a handy chart to explain it all. Some people are excited; others less so

The New York Times grabs James Poniewozik as its new chief TV critic. He comes from Time, where he had been a TV critic for the last 16 years and “where he has become one of the most prominent voices analyzing the modern TV revolution today,” Times culture editor Danielle Mattoon wrote in a note to staffers. He replaces Alessandra Stanley, who left the TV beat to cover the world’s richest people… The Wall Street Journal shuffles staffers on its money and investing team. Deals editor Jamie Heller is the new deputy editor of the M&I section. Duncan Mavin will also take the deputy editor role there, while he continues as Europe financial editor. Dana Cimilluca replaces Heller as deals editor… Read More