RD Recap: Rebekah Brooks Returns to News Corp; Changes at Maxim

The latest media hirings and firings.

It’s official: Rebekah Brooks returns to the News Corp fold, taking the title of CEO of the company’s United Kingdom division, News UK. “I am delighted to return to News UK,” she said. “It is a privilege to be back amongst the most talented journalists and executives in the business. I am confident that we can meet the many challenges of this digital age with a combination of cutting-edge technologies and world-class journalism.” The job is essentially the same one she occupied before the phone-hacking scandal, albeit now she has more responsibility. Nice how that worked out. Meanwhile, David Dinsmore will serve as Brooks’ COO while Tony Gallagher replaces him as editor in chief of The Sun…

Maxim is in some turmoil, according to Keith Kelly. Fashion director Wayne Gross appears to be gone, despite newish editor in chief Kate Lanphear advocating for him to stay. Creative director Paul Martinez recently lost his job, along with design director Matthew Lenning. Aaron Gell, who had been editorial director, now appears to be handling the publication’s online arm, and rumors are swirling that owner Sardar Biglari could want more changes and potentially another rebrand (although a spokesperson denied that report). If that happens, expect Lanphear and others on her staff to walk… Forbes says goodbye to two staffers. Mike Peck is off to run the conference business at The New York Times and managing editor and editorial product manager Dan Bigman is the new publisher at Verse… Read More