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Chris Jansing Named Senior White House Correspondent for NBC News (TVNewser)
Changes are coming to NBC’s Washington bureau. NBC News president Deborah Turness has named Chris Jansing as the new senior white house correspondent and Peter Alexander as national correspondent. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Jansing, who will report primarily for NBC Nightly News, will relocate from New York to Washington and will stop hosting her MSNBC show Jansing & Co. The network said her replacement will be announced in the coming weeks. Variety Both Jansing and Alexander will work as part of a unit that also comprises Chuck Todd, the NBC News political director and chief White House correspondent, and Kristen Welker, who will continue to report for NBC Nightly News and Today. HuffPost It will be the latest of a string of changes at that network, which has recently reshuffled its daytime lineup and added Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid to its roster. Deadline Hollywood Jansing joined NBC News in June 1998, and has also anchored Jansing & Co. on MSNBC since October 2010. She anchored MSNBC’s coverage of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 as the events unfolded, extensively covered several presidential campaigns for both NBC News and MSNBC and hosted a series of reports called Battleground America.

Clarissa Ward, Crew Detained in Ukraine (TVNewser)
CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward, her producer Erin Lyall, and two other CBS News employees were held for several hours Friday morning by pro-Russian militants. They were stopped at a checkpoint near the eastern city of Horlivka, detained and driven to another location about an hour away. HuffPost Ward and her news crew, along with BuzzFeed’s Mike Giglio and reporters from Sky News, were held, blindfolded and interrogated for hours as they attempted was traveling to Slavyansk, a city that Ukrainian troops are trying to retake from pro-Russian groups. The militants then separated the men and women and interrogated everyone. Ward said she overheard some of her captors discussing whether to hold the journalists so they could use them as bargaining chips in hostage negotiations. Poynter / MediaWire Both Ward and Giglio were released with all members of their parties, and both reported some violence: Ward said a CBS crewmember was beaten, and Giglio said one journalist got punched twice. (He also said his captors asked him to prove he’s American by saying the word “garden.”) NBC News The detentions come after Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky was detained for four days at the end of last month. Ostrovsky said he was kept in a cellar of the occupied state security building along with a dozen other detainees.

News Corp. to Buy Romance Novel Publisher Harlequin (FishbowlNY)
News Corp. is buying Harlequin, the romance novel publisher owned by Torstar Corporation. News Corp. will then place Harlequin under the HarperCollins umbrella. The deal is expected to be for about $415 million in cash. GalleyCat The deal will help HarperCollins goal to expand into more foreign markets. Harlequin has titles in 34 languages and sells in more than 100 international markets. Harlequin earns about 40 percent of its revenues from non-English books, whereas 99 percent of HarperCollins books are published in English. NYT Founded more than 65 years ago, Harlequin still publishes some 110 books every month. Twenty-four of the 100 best-selling fiction books in North America for the last week in April were from Harlequin, according to the data-tracking system Bookscan. WSJ Harlequin has built a business selling its digital titles directly to consumers, including through subscriptions, according to Lorraine Shanley, president of industry consultants Market Partners International Inc. Most publishers still rely on retailers to sell their books. “HarperCollins can learn from that and apply it to other genres, such as science fiction and mysteries,” said Shanley.