Collins and Doty via The Wrap.
Big transition week on the beat of journalists who cover television in Los Angeles. The Wrap announced today it has hired Scott Collins, a longtime TV reporter for the LA Times, to be the site's new TV editor. He replaces Daniel Holloway, who left this month to be senior TV reporter at Variety. The Wrap says of Collins:
Scott Collins joins TheWrap as TV editor, leading the site’s coverage of the fast-changing television industry in all of its facets. Collins is a veteran journalist who has spent the last 12 years as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, covering the TV business and programming as well as contributing to the popular ShowTracker blog. He previously served as TV editor at The Hollywood Reporter and contributing editor at Brill’s Content. He is the author of the 2004 book “Crazy Like a Fox: The Inside Story of How Fox News Beat CNN.”
“I have been an admirer of TheWrap for years and I am thrilled to be joining this organization,” Collins said. “I am blown away by the growth and editorial quality that Sharon [Waxman] and her team have achieved and I hope to be able to help TheWrap reach even greater heights in the future.”
The Wrap also announced the hire of Meriah Doty as a film reporter. She comes from Yahoo and previously worked for CNN, CNN.com, Buzz Media and ABC.com. Says The Wrap founder and editor-in-chief, Sharon Waxman: "Scott and Meriah have both proven themselves to be exceedingly talented, well-respected entertainment journalists. We are excited that they are bringing their skills to TheWrap, helping to expand our coverage of entertainment news and create the best possible reader experience.”
Earlier this month, the LA Times went outside for a new TV editor: Sarah Rodman, a TV and pop music critic for the Boston Globe. The paper also promoted Greg Braxton to deputy TV editor. Now Collins is leaving.
And earlier this week, veteran TV beat journalist Michael Schneider announced he was leaving TV Guide to join Penske Media as executive editor of Indiewire and an editor-at-large at Variety. It's a return to Variety for Schneider, who many here know also as the blogger at Franklin Avenue. He also is a regular commentator on entertainment for KCRW, and the creator of the annual Great Los Angeles Walk, organized each fall.
It's with a heavy heart that I depart @TVGuideMagazine, where I had a blast the last 5 years. It was a great run + I wish the them the best.— Michael Schneider (@franklinavenue) March 23, 2016
Also this TV news observation today from CNN's Dylan Byers:
Now this: NBC’s “Meet The Press” Roundtable is all NBC female correspondents: Hallie Jackson, Andrea Mitchell, Katy Tur & Kristen Welker— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) March 24, 2016