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  • March 24, 2006
    By webteam
    I have to admit to having caught only the aftermath and not the main event. But apparently WRKO talkmeister John DePetro and Boston Herald cop reporter Michele McPhee had a real donnybrook today over the Imette St. Guillen case. As you may know, DePetro has enjoyed a nice run of publicity for his comments that the victim was asking for trouble by drinking alone late at night.

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  • March 24, 2006
    By webteam
    During an appearance today at a UMass Boston conference on "The Future of the Ethnic News Business Conference," Herald publisher Pat Purcell declined to respond to reports that he might be close to announcing a major deal involving the Herald and/or the Community Newspaper Company. In this morning's Globe, for example, columnist Steve Bailey reported that Purcell might be close to a deal to sell the CNC operation and retain control of the Boston tabloid.

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  • March 24, 2006
    By webteam
    Here's an update on two major media players who are happily ensconced in Cambridge these days at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

    Dan Okrent, (scroll down to third person) the New York Times's first public editor and the founding editor of the late, great New England Monthly, is working on a major book about Prohibition scheduled for publication in 2008.

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  • March 24, 2006
    By webteam
    The estimable Steve Bailey -- one Globie who manages the neat trick of being on pretty good terms with Pat Purcell -- has this update today on the scuttlebutt that Herald media boss will sell his CNC papers -- the financial crown jewel of his empire.

    Speculation is running high at the Boston Herald that publisher Pat Purcell is close to a deal to sell his suburban newspapers, the healthiest part of his company.

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  • March 23, 2006
    By webteam
    This email, sent to employees of the Phoenix Media/Communications Group this afternoon by executive vice-president Brad Mindich, announces the upcoming retirement of president Barry Morris, 61, the company's longtime number-two man and a driving force behind the business side of the operation. (And someone well known to legions of Phoenix and ex-Phoenix employees.

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  • March 23, 2006
    By webteam
    While the administration continues to blame the media for one-sided coverage of the situation in Iraq, here are some sobering numbers from Reporters Without Borders about the people who are trying to get the story amid the carnage.
    • 86 journalists and media assistants have been killed in the first three years of the war in Iraq, making it the deadliest war for journalists since WWII.

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  • March 23, 2006
    By webteam
    Now that Darryl Littlejohn has been indicted for the horrific murder of young Boston native Imette St. Guillen, find out which of Boston's two dailies did a better job covering a crime that attracted major media attention. See "Let It Bleed" - this week's "Don't Quote Me" column in the Boston Phoenix.

  • March 22, 2006
    By webteam
    No one keeps a secret better than Pat Purcell. But there is a palpable buzz in local media circles that a major announcement may be imminent -- or at least coming soon -- at One Herald Square. As everyone has reported, the Herald Media empire -- which includes the flagship Boston tabloid that Purcell bought in 1994 from Rupert Murdoch and the Community Newspaper Co with more than 100 local publications that he bought from Fidelity in 2001 -- has been on the market.

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  • March 22, 2006
    By webteam

    A little more hard info is out today -- courtesy of the New York Times Co. -- about the financial situation at the company's New England Media Group, which includes the Globe. In a report on how Feb. 2006 ad revenues stacked up to the same month last year, the company reported that revenues at the New York Times Media Group were up 3.

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  • March 22, 2006
    By webteam
    Whatever one thinks of Helen Thomas -- she can be characterized as anything from a cantankerous mascot of the White House press corps to a refreshing critic of the Bush administration freed from the shackles of journalistic neutrality -- she can still generate buzz. Yesterday she managed to get under the president's skin by asking about his real reason for going to war.

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  • March 22, 2006
    By webteam
    A day after Media Log reported that the Globe was facing some new economic problems and weighing options that include job reductions (see "More Tough Times on Morrissey Boulevard"), the Herald weighs in today with its story that includes the news that Times chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. is heading to the Hub. Whatever decisions are taken to further reduce costs at the Globe, Sulzberger has another tricky task -- that is to convince the beleaguered crew on Morrissey Boulevard that the Globe isn't just viewed as some secondary outpost of the empire by the bosses in New York.



  • March 21, 2006
    By webteam

    Channel 5 (WCVB) announces the hiring of a new reporter for "Chronicle." Here's the release:

    Boston – WCVB-TV Channel 5 President and General Manager Bill Fine announced today a new addition to the Chronicle staff. Shayna Seymour will join the award-winning nightly newsmagazine in mid-April as a reporter and producer.

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  • March 21, 2006
    By webteam
    Okay, ignore the previous post. Channel 7 spokeswoman Ginny Lund promptly returned Media Log's phone call and said that station general manager Mike Carson, in no uncertain terms, shot down the rumored sale of sister station WSVN.

    "ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE" is what Carson said, according to Lund. So deep six that speculation in Miami.

  • March 20, 2006
    By webteam

    Having just gone through a wrenching series of buyouts that claimed 32 newsroom jobs (see "Globe-al Anxiety" in the Jan. 13 Phoenix), the word on Morrissey Boulevard is that additional budget-cutting measures are under consideration as economic and circulation problems continue to plague the Boston Globe. Among the more stunning bits of speculation percolating around the newsroom is that the Globe actually lost money in the first two months of 2006.

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  • March 20, 2006
    By webteam

    In yesterday’s Globe “Quick Shots” sports feature, all five folks queried essentially agreed that the Patriots did the right thing in letting talented receiver David Givens – who just signed a lucrative deal with Tennessee -- walk away. John Stone from Connecticut put it this way: “The Krafts are an excellent business family.

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