Around the town
New York Times political editor Carolyn Ryan is set to become the paper’s new Washington bureau chief, replacing David Leonhardt. Mr. Leonhardt—apparently known as “next Nate Silver”—will go on to lead a new column on polls and statistics. (Politico)
On the Market
Gerry Spector, chief operating officer of the bankrupt Tribune Company, will step down at the end of the year, reports Tower Ticker.
His departure closely follows chief executive Randy Michaels’s resignation. Michaels has been criticized for fostering a frat-house corporate culture.
Spector, 63, was one of Zell’s first hires after he took over the Company in 2007. Read More
This morning at the New York Public Library during the Bloomberg Real Estate Briefing, Sam Zell sat for an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Betty Liu. While the Local 46 Union protested Mr. Zell’s use of non-union labor to finish an apartment building on West 23rd Street outside, Ms. Liu asked Mr. Zell about the Read More
In the second high-level ousting of a Tribune Co. executive in a matter of days, CEO Randy Michaels will be advised by the board of directors of the company to issue his resignation, the New York Times reports.
The news comes soon after chief innovation officer Lee Abrams stepped down from his Read More
Tribune Co. CEO Randy Michaels sent a memo to staffers announcing the suspension of chief innovation officer Lee Abrams, who brought the company some unwanted publicity this week after an email with a link to an Onion video with racy content was leaked. Jeff Bercovici has the memo.
Lee recognizes that the video was Read More
This morning David Carr takes a deep look at what has been happening inside the Tribune Company since Sam Zell took over at the end of 2007.
There has not only been cost-cutting and declining quality at the company’s newspapers (at The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times‘ circulation is down in Read More
In a 600-page report filed Monday, bankruptcy investigator Kenneth Klee expressed concerns about the late stages of the Tribune Company’s 2007 sale to Sam Zell. The $8.2 billion deal may have left the company too shaky to survive, Mr. Klee found. Mr. Klee’s findings could hamper the company’s attempt to get out of bankruptcy protection, Read More
More bad news from the West Coast this morning comes from LA Observed’s Kevin Roderick: payments to Los Angeles Times freelancers has been stopped.
Mr. Roderick writes:
If the Los Angeles Times
owes you money, you might have to wait a long time. Publisher Eddy Hartenstein told the staff yesterday that the Read More
Who needs fancy Chief Innovation Officers (or their imaginary sons)? Wired‘s Clive Thompson just might’ve come up with the solution to all of the big media companies’ problems. As Mr. McGuire counseled young Benjamin Bradock in The Graduate, we have just one word—are you listening—for the Tribune Company, The New York Times Read More
The New York Observer‘s Man in Beijing, Tom Scocca, has a few thoughts on yesterday’s announcement that Sam Zell’s Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy protection.
Here he is, channeling the Tribune Company’s Chief Innovation Officer, Lee Abrams:
CRUSHING POVERTY is not only a GREAT MOTIVATOR, but it is also Read More