Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman, golf's first female anchor, has been suspended for two weeks due to remarks, during the Mercedes-Benz Championship, that young players who wanted to challenge Tiger Woods should "lynch him in a back alley," reports the AP. The Golf Channel recognized that the comment may not have been ill-intended, but was “grossly inappropriate,” inviting backlash from reverend Al Sharpton. While Woods and Tilghman are actually friends, Tilghman's comment, or rather media “darling” Al Sharpton provoked coverage by major media outlets.
Sharpton plans to lead protests demanding that the Golf Channel fire Tilghman. However, Sharpton's National Action Network should check its spelling and gender association before issuing a public statement. Mediabistro's Fishbowl highlights the statement: “…he will pickett the Golf Channel for employing him.”
Starbucks Chairman Howard Shultz's return to CEO ushered in the company's return to a position focusing on customer service, reports BusinessWeek. On Monday, Schultz sent a memo to employees, emphasizing his motivation for the change and a detailed agenda. The story highlights his interview last year with CNBC's Donnie Deutsch, in which Shultz said, “We're in the people business. Of course we sell coffee as a product, but we're in the people business.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that Barry Diller will replace Ask.com CEO Jim Lanzone with former Match.com CEO Jim Safka, in a move to restructure IAC and make Ask the flagship brand.
Former prime minister of Britain, Tony Blair, will join JP Morgan as a part-time adviser, reports The New York Times.
CBS News and a union representing 500 employees agreed to a new contract, settling a 2.5-year-old salary-related dispute that contributed to the cancellation of a presidential primary debate last month.