RD Recap: Turmoil at Fox News; a New Podcast for Bill Kristol

A momentous shift, tipped by New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman.

The king is (almost) dead. James and Lachlan Murdoch have convinced their father, Rupert, that Fox News president Roger Ailes needs to go following the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Gretchen Carlson. The how and when aren’t confirmed – although the departure could come as early as later this week – but it sounds more or less like a done deal. That would be a remarkable win for the sons, co-chairmen and CEO, respectively of 21st Century Fox, who have been at odds with Ailes since they took a larger role in the company. Watching the fallout will be fascinating…

The Weekly Standard gives Bill Kristol a weekly podcast (Kristol Clear Podcast) along with Media DC creative director and former radio host Michael Graham. Everyone is getting a podcast these days!… Mike Federle is the new president of Forbes Media. He will remain chief operating officer. Current president Mike Perlis moves up to executive chairman while retaining his CEO title… Leila Brillson joins Hearst as interim executive editor of Sweet. She had been vice president of digital at Nylon… Meghan Daum and Judith Newman land columns at The New York Times Book Review…

Mashable recruits Anne-Marie Tomchak as editor of its U.K. platform and Jerico Mandybur as editor of the Australian outfit. They had been at BBC and NITV, respectively, and will help bolster the publication, which gets half of its audience from outside the U.S…. Additionally, Mashable hires Kerry Flynn to be business reporter. She had been at IBT Times… Meanwhile, IBT Media installs Dev Pragad as chief executive for North America in addition to holding the CEO spot in the EMEA region. Company founder Etienne Uzac moves up to chairman and CEO of Newsweek, with Dayan Candappa jumping up to editorial director… Bloomberg View makes Tyler Cowen a staff columnist…Sara Silver is Reuters’ newest columnist. The Wall Street Journal alum will focus on telecommunications and companies in Latin America…

ESPN makes a boatload of changes following the departure of John Wildhack. Stephanie Druley will be senior vp of event and studio production, with Rob King taking over as senior vp of SportsCenter and news and Burke Magnus moving into the role of executive vp of programming and scheduling. Connor Schell is the new senior vp of ESPN Films and original content… Renee Montagne will transition from host of NPR’s Morning Edition to special correspondent, focusing on longform, after the United States presidential election. “Exciting as it’s been to reside at the heart of the news of the day, this chance to engage with the world in a different way is equally alluring: to take the time to uncover many layers, to go in unexpected directions, to linger on the language,” she said… Univision Communications Inc. installs David Katz as general manager and vice president programmatic revenue platforms and operations while also hiring Dayana Hoffman and Annie Fong… AMC hopes to buyout 200 staffers…