Friday, December 2, 2011

Morning Brief: Sally Preston named the new publisher of Real Simple; new CEO for Thomson Reuters

Time Inc. has named a new publisher for their magazine Real Simple. Sally Preston, formerly Group Publisher for Martha Stewart Omnimedia gets the nod, Evelyn Webster, executive vice president, Time Inc. Lifestyle Group announced yesterday.

"A media industry veteran and a dynamic leader, Sally is the ideal executive to continue to build on the success of the Real Simple brand across all platforms," said Webster. "Working closely with Managing Editor Kristin van Ogtrop, Sally will capitalize on Real Simple's achievements and will help lead the brand to even greater growth in the years ahead."

Preston will start in her new publisher position on January 3.

Tom Glocer will be leaving his position as CEO of Thomson Reuters at the beginning of the new year to be replaced by the company's current COZo, James Smith.

"By the end of the year, the organizational strategy and budget work I have been leading will be complete, and the transition plan I launched last summer will have achieved its objectives," Glocer said in the company's statement Thursday.

Smith is the former head of Thomson' U.S. newspaper division.

The BBC's Top Gear host, Jeremy Clarkson, is still in a bit of hot water following his comment that U.K. strikers should be shot - in front of their families. It was all just a joke, says Clarkson; 'fire him' says one union boss.

Complicating things is the fact that Clarkson is a friend of the current Prime Minister, David Cameron. "It was obviously a silly thing to say and I am sure he didn't mean that," Cameron told ITV television, according to the AP.