Peter Kafka

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Jim Wiatt, AOL's Hollywood Connection, Leaves Board, Becomes "Strategic Director"

Odd one: AOL (AOL) board member Jim Wiatt is stepping down from that role, but will get a new one as a “strategic advisor,” the company announced. AOL says Wiatt, the former head of the William Morris agency, will report directly to CEO Tim Armstrong, “helping to expand AOL’s development of content, partnerships and relationships across the entertainment and media world.” If this sounds familiar, it should: Google’s (GOOG) Eric Schmidt was discussing a similar role for Wiatt in 2009.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald