The Newsweek-Daily Beast merger isn’t final yet, but über editor Tina Brown is moving forward, tapping longtime Bloomberg BusinessWeek managing director Ciro Scotti to consult during the transition.
A Daily Beast spokesman said Scotti would be working with director of operations Rebecca Fox on logistics. It’s unclear how long his gig will last; the deal, announced Nov. 12, is expected to close in late December, but no official date has been set.
Scotti left BusinessWeek in September, nine months after McGraw-Hill sold the weekly to Bloomberg LP. As a managing director, he oversaw operations and copy flow there.
His hire isn’t a formal one, but his role appears to be a critical one. Apart from all the questions about whether the union will work from a business sense, it’s an uneasy time on both sides. Newsweek staffers, whose ranks have already been drastically reduced, are waiting to find out if they’ll keep their jobs under the new structure.
And Daily Beast staffers are said to be less than thrilled about trading their digs at the sleek IAC building on the West Side for Newsweek’s dingy new offices at Hanover Square. The move was expected to happen by now, but there’s no word about a timetable for the relocation.
Brown—who will become the editor over both the Beast and Newsweek after the merger—has also lured Dirk Barnett as the creative director (just a couple days after he started in the same role at Condé Nast’s Lucky).
And Rebecca Dana has been informally consulting with Brown on Newsweek's front of the book, although she remains a senior correspondent for the Daily Beast.
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