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tebman
12-02-2005, 12:33 PM
After chuckling at the "Undercover Attack by the Tribune" thread that described how Gil Thorp was dispatched to hurl a spear at the White Sox, I read the news that the Tribune is in the midst of a layoff of reporters and the closing of the City News Service. Woe is us, the Tribune cries.

There's a couple of revealing stories about the Trib's true operation. This one from the Orlando Weekly (http://www.orlandoweekly.com/columns/story.asp?id=8529), talking about similar cutbacks at the Tribune-owned Orlando Sentinal newspaper:

"When you look at the numbers, it's easy to see why the Sentinel has to run a leaner operation. In the third quarter of 2005, the Tribune Corp.'s publishing arm, of which the Sentinel is a part, only made $169.7 million in operating profits, up an embarrassingly small $38 million from the third quarter of 2004, according to the company's own corporate reports. And with operating profits only at $585.9 million for the publishing division so far this year – up $93.6 million from the same time last year, by the way – it's only reasonable to expect that some poor schlubs at the Sentinel must fall on their swords. It's the only way."

And here's another that speaks to the the Tribune's actual Cub obsession. This excerpt is from a news website (http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_death_of_newspapers/) essay about corporate newspapers. In the article, it quotes Jim Squires, a former Tribune editor who wrote a book a few years ago titled “Read All About It: The Corporate Takeover of America’s Newspapers.” This is a characterization of the Trib bosses by one of the people at the L.A. Times:

"[They are] obsessed with only two things: the Chicago Cubs and accounting. They care nothing for journalism. They are Philistines.”

To which former Trib editor Squires replied:

“Philistines is perfect characterization for that crowd, only the Philistines as a group were smarter. You cannot imagine how intellectually inferior three of the last four chairmen of Tribune Co. were.” ...they were “complete frauds as leaders and executives.” “Chicago,” he said, “is a street-smart town. Cops, crooks, restaurateurs, developers, writers—they are bold and wily. The business executives, on the other hand, are weak and moronic.”

Just thought these insights into what really goes on over there would be interesting to the good folks at WSI. Caveat emptor.

mdep524
12-02-2005, 01:08 PM
This is a characterization of the Trib bosses by one of the people at the L.A. Times:

"[They are] obsessed with only two things: the Chicago Cubs and accounting. They care nothing for journalism. They are Philistines.” Very interesting to hear that from the outside. It's not just us! Thanks, tebman.

Fenway
12-02-2005, 01:18 PM
Tribune November numbers are out and there is an odd item

http://www.tribune.com/pressroom/releases/2005/12022005.html


Broadcasting and entertainment group revenues in November decreased 7.7 percent to $107 million, compared with $116 million last year. Television revenues declined 8.6 percent as advertising revenue remains soft in most markets. Weakness in the automotive, retail and telecom categories was partially offset by increases in education and professional services. Radio/entertainment revenues were up 7.6 percent due to increases at the Chicago Cubs.

Cubs? November?

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