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Our blogger's identity is top secret, but you can call him Lou Grant. He's got the inside dish on doings at the Trib, Sun-Times and other Chicago media companies.


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From the mouth of Zell: Salty words for Tribune Co


It sounded like trouble for Tribune Co. Direct from the mouth of new owner Sam Zell, speaking at Newsday offices, a video shows Zell asking, if the Tower weren't there, would you still be able to get a paper out? The crowd of journalists answers yes. "So, what does the Tower do?" Zell asked.

The Tower in question is the Tribune Co. headquarters, Tribune Tower, located on Michigan Avenue. In a two hour, 23 minute address to employees of the...more


Tribune ends agreements to print remotely


The Chicago Tribune has informed the Champaign News-Gazette and the Madison State Journal that it is terminating its remote printing agreements with the newspapers. The Chicago Tribune, which had three remote printing sites at one time, will now print all of its newspapers at its Chicago plant. Markets north of Madison are being abandoned in a pullback. Markets south of Champaign were abandoned in a pullback that occurred last year.


17 let go by phone is a relief?


Seventeen more editorial staffers were let go by the Chicago Sun-Times last week, in a bloodletting that was characterized by Michael Miner as a relief that things weren't worse. What wasn't so bad, after all, about telephone calls to 17 editorial staff members, telling them that they were being let go?

Over at OpEdNews.com Martha Rosenberg wondered what had happened to Chicago's tradition of reading newspapers. She must take a different train than I do, as she describes cell phones and the personal angst of twenty-somethings. All I see are MP3...more


CST Staffers receive phone calls


Seventeen more editorial staffers were let go by the Chicago Sun-Times last week, in a bloodletting that was characterized by Michael Miner as a relief that things weren't worse. What wasn't so bad, after all, about telephone calls to 17 editorial staff members, telling them that they were being let go?

Over at OpEdNews.com Martha Rosenberg wondered what had happened to Chicago's tradition of...more


The Tribune's busy week


It's been a busy week for the Tribune Co. On Sunday, the flagship paper of the Tribune Co. fleet, the Los Angeles Times, was beaten in its own newsroom when the Wall Street Journal broke the story of the termination of LA Times Managing Editor Jim O'Shea.

Then, after repeating his determination to decentralize Tribune Co decisions, Sam Zell stepped into local tech policy at his properties, removing all filters from the company's computers. In...more


Sun-Times raises price in out market


The days of the cheap Sun-Times are coming to an end in outlaying areas. The Chicago Tribune, which distributes the Sun-Times, announced the price of the Sun-Times would increase to $1 daily from $0.75 and $2.50 on Sunday from $2.

The price increase goes into effect Monday according to a letter given to retailers this week. The new price matches that of similar Chicago Tribune products and is limited to "country" markets, which are towns and counties outside the Metro...more


From Corporate Suit to Corporate Scapegoat


From corporate suit to hero in fourteen months, Jim O'Shea has had quite a ride in Los Angeles. Coming in to the relief of the new publisher, David Hiller, O'Shea was going to be the Tribune Co.'s man in the LA Times news room. His successes in Chicago were the CV he would use to bludgeon the Angelinos to submit to their Midwest Gaultiers.

But,...more


Corporate Suit to Corporate Scapegoat


1/21/08

From corporate suit to hero in fourteen months, Jim O'Shea has had quite a ride in Los Angeles. Coming in to the relief of the new publisher, David Hiller, O'Shea was going to be the Tribune Co.'s man in the LA Times news room. His successes in Chicago were the CV he would use to bludgeon the Angelinos to submit to their Midwest Gaultiers.

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