RD Recap: Al Jazeera America to Shut Down; Another Daily News Departure

The latest media hirings and firings.

It’s all over at Al Jazeera America. The network will shut down by April 30 after executives at the parent company deemed the business model unsustainable. “I know this will be a massive disappointment for everyone here who has worked tirelessly for our long-term future. The decision that has been made is in no way because AJAM has done anything but a great job,” CEO Al Anstey wrote in an all-staff note. “In recent months at every level, and in every department, we have been making progress and demonstrated improvements and seen positive change.” AJ+ will continue to solider on…

The dominoes continue to fall at the New York Daily News. The latest staff member to leave is Marianne Garvey, who edited the gossip section, Confidential. “I just decided it was time to go,” the former VH1 and InTouch staffer said. “For my own reasons, I wanted to look for something long term—not in the newspaper business—and I felt I couldn’t do that while I was still working there.”… Publishing and digital media company Catapult hires Jonathan Lee as senior editor… Maxim installs Gilles Bensimon as special creative advisor. He’ll shoot every cover… The National Journal loses Michael J. Mishak to the Center for Public Integrity. He’ll report on state politics and special interest groups… Read More