Update: This post was originally titled "The Herald's excellent, incendiary Times Co. scoop." Alas, "scoop" was a poor term to use: a reader notes that Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson's salary was making the web rounds last week, and that Globe publisher Steve Ainsley's salary was cited by The Boston Channel yesterday
--The Herald reports that the Globe is raising the price of its print edition, to $1.50 on weekdays/Saturdays (outside of eastern MA) and to $3.50 ($4 outside of Eastern MA) on Sundays. The people who made this decision have financial skills I can't claim. But how will this not exacerbate the migration of (formerly) paying print readers to the web?
You might think the Boston Herald would just ignore the recent wackiness involving Jim Aloisi, since it was triggered by that Globe scoop involving the dubious State House job held by Carol Aloisi, Jim's sister.
Not at all! Just flip to p. 18 of today's Herald, and you can read all about it. Here's the news brief in question:
...But Gayle and Laura, you're full of shit!
Quoth said Gals in their Herald column today:
Both Dan Kennedy of Media Nation and The Phoenix’s Adam Reilly got worked up this week over 24/7 Wall Street’s inclusion of the B.B. on a list of the 10 newspapers most likely to go belly up in the coming year. (The Globe rang in at No.
A confession: I didn't know Colonel Tribune existed until Romenesko pointed me to this Mark Potts blog post.
Now, though, I'm weirdly fascinated by this quasi-historical, absurdist personification of the Chicago Tribune. And I'm wondering: if the Globe and Herald decided to follow suit, what characters would work best?
Credit the Boston Herald for breaking the story of gay-marriage pioneers Julie and Hillary Goodridge filing for divorce. But note, too, that the story isn't quite the scoop it pretends to be.
Two and a half years ago, Globe reporter Michael Levenson took note of the Goodridges' separation. (A couple days later, so did Herald columnist Margery Eagan
Quick: guess which Boston paper is marking Barack Obama's win with a 32-page glossy publication, titled "Boston Celebrates Barack Obama: Reflections on a man, his life and our times," on sale tomorrow for just $2.99?
No, it's not the Boston Globe. It is, instead, the Boston Herald--which, in endorsing McCain last October, suggested that it would be a bad idea to put a "naif in the Oval Office."
Yesterday's Globe "Names" column included a nugget re: Gwen Ifill's new book, The Breakthrough, on the new generation of black politicians. After calling the flap over Ifill's role as presidential-debate moderator overblown, "Names" proceeded to pluck one--and only one--detail from Ifill's text:
One tidbit: Recalling the controversy over Patrick's decision to replace Mitt Romney's Ford Crown Vic with a new Cadillac DeVille DTS, the governor's wife, Diane, takes issue with the Boston Herald for calling the car "tricked-out."
If you're confused about whether Boston might lay off 200 police officers or not, I urge you to check out Dan Kennedy's deconstruction
of the Globe and Herald's duelling treatments of the subject. As Dan
notes, this is partly a political story and partly a media one--and
despite the Herald's bluster (online headline:"Riled mayor Thomas M.
There's a major omission in the Herald's list of naughty Boston newsmakers. One guess as to what it is.
If you haven't already, take a look at Boston magazine editor James Burnett's Q-and-A with Mike Barnicle. Because of the insight it offers into the former Globe columnist's self-conception, it's a fascinating read. But it's also deeply frustrating, because Burnett isn't nearly as tough on his subject as he should have been.
Might Boston be in for a colossal media makeover? So suggests the Financial Times:
The New York Times is aggressively courting buyers for its stake in
the Boston Red Sox baseball team and potentially the Boston Globe
newspaper in a transaction that could attract bids worth $200m-$225m,
according to a person familiar with the matter.
Today's Herald cover story, by Dave Wedge, makes a convincing case that there are some bad dudes working in the government-subsidizied Massachusetts film industry. But it provides an awfully spotty history of how these bad dudes came to benefit from the Commonwealth's largesse.
First, let's take a look at the Herald's description of the nature and origins of the problem:
Tonight at 7 on WGBH Channel 2, I'll be chatting with Emily Rooney, Joe Sciacca, Kara Miller, and Callie Crossley about sundry media matters, including citizen journalism in Mumbai and Pat Purcell's new gig.
Please, tune in. Or, if you can't, take a look online.
The Boston Herald reports that owner/publisher Pat Purcell has a new gig as executive chairman of the News Corp.-owned Ottaway Newspapers. This is a big job; in the words of the Herald's Frank Quaratiello, Purcell "will be responsible for the eight Ottaway daily newspapers, 15 weekly newspapers, magazines and Internet sites."