Last month, FishbowlNY broke the news that Daily Beast editor Tina Brown might have her eye on the position of top editor at Newsweek after the weekly magazine was sold to audio equipment mogul Sidney Harman.
At the time, we expressed some concern over what this meant for Brown’s contract:
This is interesting, since we hear Brown is still under contract with The Daily Beast. It certainly would be odd for her to be shopping for a new employer if she’s legally required to stay with Daily Beast parent IAC.
When asked about the story by the New York Observer, Brown laughed away the rumor, saying “I’m not serious about Newsweek. I’m a Beast down to my toes.”
Well, it seems that may be more to the story. This morning, Keith Kelly reported that IAC chairman and CEO Barry Diller is working towards combining the Daily Beast with Newsweek‘s digital operations — which would effectively allow Brown to act as the new editor in chief for Newsweek.
The speculation, which has been swirling inside The Daily Beast and Newsweek for weeks, was given an extra push recently when Sidney Harman, the 92-year-old stereo-equipment mogul who finalized the deal for the struggling weekly, and IAC Chairman Diller were spotted having drinks together at the Four Seasons in Georgetown.
Harman wouldn’t comment on the outing.