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US Media & Comm management moves through June 7: CenturyLink, TEGNA

Media industry moves

* Uber Technologies Inc. fired Eric Alexander, president of business for Asia Pacific, following an internal investigation into sexism and sexual harassment at the company, Recode reported June 7. Alexander reportedly obtained medical records of a woman who had been raped by an Uber driver during a ride in India and shared the details with several Uber executives, including CEO Travis Kalanick and Senior Vice President Emil Michael. Alexander's handling of the situation was among the 215 cases reported in the internal investigation, following which Uber has fired more than 20 employees.

* Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures Corp. tapped AwesomenessTV Inc.'s former CEO and founder Brian Robbins to run its new production division, Paramount Players, The Wrap reported June 7. Robbins, who co-founded AwesomenessTV in 2012 along with Joe Davola, stepped down as the CEO of AwesomenessTV in February.

* FOX Business Network (US) signed a new multiyear deal with "Making Money" host Charles Payne, according to a June 7 news release.

* New York Times Co. promoted Meredith Kopit Levien to executive vice president and COO. Kopit Levien joined Times Co. in August 2013 as executive vice president of advertising and was named chief revenue officer in April 2015. Additionally, the company eliminated the position of executive vice president of product and technology. Kinsey Wilson, who held that role, has decided not to stay in an alternate role at The New York Times, but he will advise President and CEO Mark Thompson, Executive Editor Dean Baquet and other senior executives on certain strategic matters, the company said June 7.

* EVINE Live Inc. named CFO Timothy Peterman to the position of COO also, according to a June 7 SEC filing.

* Apple Music executive Bozoma Saint John left Apple Inc. to join Uber as chief brand officer, Variety reported June 6. Saint John, who was the head of global consumer marketing for Apple Music and iTunes, will be tasked with helping Uber "build a deeper, more meaningful connection" with its customers.

* Time Warner Inc. unit Turner said June 6 that it appointed two executives to its Turner Content Distribution unit. Tyler Moody was named vice president and general manager of Turner Podcast Network. Alex Gonzalez, meanwhile, will now serve as senior vice president of brand distribution.

* Former eXelate Inc. executive Mark Zagorski is joining Tremor Video Inc. as CEO and a board member, according to a June 6 news release.

* Hearst Corp. said June 5 that it purchased the Connecticut print and digital assets of Digital First Media Inc.'s 21st Century Media Newspaper. Paul Barbetta, Hearst Connecticut Media Group's publisher and president, will oversee operations for the acquired properties.

* IHeartMedia Inc. on June 5 appointed Tom Poleman chief programming officer of the company. Poleman also will remain president of iHeartMedia's national programming group.

* Former Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. Chief Communications Officer Chris Petrikin joined Paramount as the studio's new executive vice president of global communications and corporate branding, Variety reported June 5.

* Anchor Eric Bolling re-signed a long-term contract with FOX News Channel (US), according to a June 5 news release.

* Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. approached Steve Mosko, former head of Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures Television Inc., for a position at the company, London's Financial Times reported June 4.

* CBS Corp. unit CBS News on June 1 named Rick Jefferson vice president of news operations.

* TEGNA Inc. has spun off into a separate publicly traded company. TEGNA President and CEO Gracia Martore retired and stepped down from the board. Dave Lougee succeeded Martore as president, CEO and as a board member.

Communications industry moves

* Cincinnati Bell Inc. said June 5 that it promoted Thomas Simpson to company COO. Simpson succeeds Leigh Fox, who became president and CEO of Cincinnati Bell after the retirement of Ted Torbeck, according to a June 5 regulatory filing. Torbeck, will remain a director of the company.

* AT&T Inc. said June 2 that it will acquire Brocade Communications Systems' Vyatta network operating system and associated assets. AT&T plans to hire certain Brocade employees along with the deal's closing.

* Level 3 Communications Inc. President and CEO Jeffrey Storey will join CenturyLink Inc. as its president and COO when the two companies' merger closes, CenturyLink said June 1. Storey is also expected to succeed Glen Post III as CEO of CenturyLink, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Post will then serve as executive chairman of the company's board.