“The Onion Hires General Manager; Hopes to Have Him Generally Manage.” How’s that? Oh c’mon it’s not that bad. Anyway, fake headline aside, the real news is that Mitch Semel has been hired by The Onion as their new General Manager. He’ll oversee all of its editorial content, including the newspaper and TV shows.
By all indications the hiring of Semel, who most recently was executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Network’s live morning talk show, is a sign that The Onion will keep expanding its TV programming. Semel has an extensive background in TV, having managed programming for Comedy Central, CNN, CBS, and NBC.