RD Recap: Changes at NYT Mag; Cosmo Launches Nigeria-Based Site

The latest media hiring and firings

Revolving Door

Revolving DoorWe received a glimpse of how the Brian Williams saga might end and two words — “morality clause” — are prominently involved. According to the New York Post, “he could be fired if he offended ‘a significant portion of the community’ or brought himself ‘public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule,’ among other concerns.” Williams received a six-month suspension, but there are many inside and outside NBC who think that he won’t ever see the anchor chair again. One thing that might save the $10-million-a-year man are the ratings of “NBC Nightly News,” which plummeted by double digits in his absence. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen dollars and cents trump morality…

Chuck Klosterman is out as Ethicist at The New York Times Magazine, a job he’s had since 2012. The move comes as newish editor Jake Silverstein prepares to roll out his redesign, which should be pretty dramatic from the sound of his editor’s letter. The redesign drops next week; Klosterman wrote his last column this past weekend. Also out in the shake-up are sections like “The One-Page Magazine,” “Look,” “Riff” and “Who Made That?” although it’s not clear if any staff changes are associated with those cuts… Cosmopolitan launches a Nigeria-based website, headed by Yemisi Odusanya. It’s similar to ventures in countries including Italy, China and the Netherlands… Read More