RD Recap: Grantland Loses Staffers; McClatchy Shutters Foreign Bureaus

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

Here we go: Grantland departures started to leak on Friday evening when James Andrew Miller, chronicler of all that goes on behind the scenes at ESPN, tweeted about “4 highly regarded” staffers saying goodbye. He didn’t have names, but SI.com’s Richard Deitsch reports that they are Sean Fennessey, Juliet Litman, Mallory Rubin and Chris Ryan, and that they are all headed to work for Bill Simmons. That’s a pretty pop culture-focused foursome, which gives some hint about what Simmons, who already has a show lined up with HBO, is thinking next. Additionally, founding editorial director Dan Fierman is off to be vice president and editorial director of MTV News. ESPN’s PR machine hit back, saying that they’ve “re-signed” seven staffers–an appropriate sports metaphor–although Deitsch hears that number is high…

Pacific Standard hires Bob Wallace as publishing director. He’s been mainly on the editorial side of publications including Rolling Stone, Talk and Newsweek. “With our dynamic editorial team hitting its stride, it’s time to bolster the brand’s business side,” said Pacific Standard president Geane DeLima. “Bob is now driving that vision for the future, and our publishing program couldn’t be in better hands.”… McClatchy closes its foreign bureaus, although the moves won’t include layoffs or buyouts. According to vp of news and Washington editor Anders Gyllenhaal, the correspondents will return to the United States… Danny Cohen leaves the BBC, where he had been director of television… Read More