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About a year ago, I wrote something nice—or, at least, not overly insulting—about the Philadelphia Inquirer and the need for its continued survival. In response, a reader wrote to me that it was fine if the Inky died, that it had forever sacrificed its credibility by debasing itself at the altar of left-wing liberalism.
Three weeks after the Inquirer owners threatened to liquidate the papers and two weeks after Newspaper Guild president and Daily News gossip columnist Dan Gross announced that he was vacating both positions, I'm told that the Guild, which represents employees of the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com, has reached an agreement with Interstate General Media, aka the owners. While details have yet to emerge, it is believed that the Guild made financial concessions but got in return two things that it desperately wanted: the retention of its seniority rules and an agreement from the company that both papers will continue
A new website called "SavePhillyPapers.org" has launched. You can surmise its purpose. According to an email circulated by newspaper guild Executive Director Bill Ross, the site, along with an accompanying petition, is run by activist Marc Stier, and is backed by a "group of business people, labor unions, activists and citizens." They're asking the owners of the Daily News/Inquirer for a "fair deal" to prevent the layoffs of veteran journalists and threatened sell-off of the company's assets.The website greets readers with this message:Imagine getting up in the morning and walking to your front door and there is no Inquirer or
Dan Denvir reports that the Newspaper Guild believes that Interstate General Media—owner of the Inky, Daily News, and Philly.com—is trying to sneak a provision into the new contract that would let the company more easily fire older, more expensive journalists. He reprints this Guild memo from Friday:From: Guild Bulletin Sent: Fri 1/25/2013 7:47 PMSubject: We Thought This Was About MoneyA daylong effort by the Guild to help the company reach its economic goal blew up at 5 p.m. Friday when negotiators from IGM made a proposal to undermine seniority. The Guild had offered concessions to reach the company's targeted savings, a key
Remember "Tainted Justice?" It was the (deservedly) Pulitzer Prize-winning Daily News series by Barbara Laker and the now-departed Wendy Ruderman, uncovering Shield-like corruption in the Philadelphia Police Department's Narcotics Field Unit, showing how officers sexually fondled women on raids and disabled video cameras showing evidence of their misconduct.Four years later, what's become of that celebrated investigation? Uh, pretty much nothing. Officers in the unit were placed on desk duty and remain there. In the meantime, an FBI probe into the scandal seems to have fizzled out, while the victims of the misconduct are often still working to rebuild their lives.
Poynter reports:The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia and Interstate General Media “agreed to begin early bargaining on a new contract,” Guild Executive Director Bill Ross and Acting President Howard Gensler tell members in an email. The agreement came during “a productive meeting” Thursday morning.IGM owns the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. Its owners had demanded $8 million in concessions from the union or would begin liquidating the company, the Guild said last Friday. Guild President Dan Gross resigned Wednesday after he said he was taking a buyout from the Daily News.Poynter also posted a memo from the Guild's leadership:Guild
Earlier today, Daily News gossip columnist Dan Gross announced via email that he has taken a buyout and will be leaving the newspaper on February 1st. He also resigned from his position as president of the Newspaper Guild, the union representing employees of the Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com, effective immediately.This all comes one week after he sent this scathing bulletin to the Guild members, accusing the newspapers' owners of "bullying" and "fiscal foolishness", in light of their threat to liquidate the papers if the union does not make concessions by this Friday. I called Gross to find out what awesome new job he has. After all, he has a new baby at home. Here's what he had to say.
If you depend on Daily News gossip columnist Dan Gross for your updates on who's getting divorced, what celebrity was seen at Parc and which adult movie star is appearing tonight at Club Risque, you'll have to start looking elsewhere. Today, Gross, who is also president of the Newspaper Guild union that represents employees of the Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com, announced that his last day will be February 1st.In his position at the Guild, Gross likely saw the writing on the wall a bit more clearly than some of his colleagues, and I imagine that we'll be seeing more
Well, now we know: There will be no white knight to save Philadelphia’s two major daily newspapers.That was always the hope of course, that some deep-pocketed local guys—men with deep pockets and sense of community mission—would finally buy the papers and restore them to health. And if there were some questions about influence and motives, it seemed like the Inquirer and Daily News finally found those owners last year when a group led by Lew Katz, Gerry Lenfest and George Norcross, among others, brought the publications under the umbrella of Interstate General Media and promised to end the revolving-door cycle of
The new owners of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News are threatening to become the former owners of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News unless the company's unions make concessions and agreements by next Friday. In a letter to members of the Newspaper Guild, union president Dan Gross and executive director Bill Ross say that Interstate General Media—which bought the papers last year, along with Philly.com—is seeking $8 million in immediate wage and benefit cuts from the editorial staffs of those papers, even though the guild's contract runs to October 2013. Guild members are, understandably, cranky:When they acquired the company in