Peter Kafka

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Thomas Hesse, Bertelsmann’s Top Digital Exec, Steps Down

Thomas Hesse, the executive in charge of Bertelsmann’s business development and digital ventures, is leaving the company. The German media giant says Hesse won’t be replaced, and that CEO  Thomas Rabe will assume his responsibilities. Hesse joined Bertelsmann in 2012; he had previously overseen Sony Music’s digital operations.


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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