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  • December 29, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Talk about a slow news week.... Today, AP reports that some husband-wife tandems like different TV shows and movies, while others like the same ones.

    Apparently it took an AP-AOL News poll to suss this out.

    Can't wait for the holidays to be over, myself.

  • December 28, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    In this week's issue, I propose a list of seven stories that will dominate 2007, for better or worse.

    Please, tell me--what did I omit?!?

  • December 28, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Does the remarkable devaluation of the Star Tribune--which McClatchy purchased eight years ago for $1.2 billion*, and just unloaded for $530 million cash, plus $160 million in tax breaks--bode poorly for the newspaper industry as a whole? Not so, newspaper broker John Cribb tells E&P. According to Cribb, small- to mid-size papers remain hot commodities.

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  • December 18, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Sorry, but this guy won't be "blogging" again until December 27. Until then, warm holiday wishes to all readers--and please send your extra-hot story tips to areilly@NOSPAMphx.com.

  • December 18, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Time's choice is stupid. Here's why.

    If you think I'm being harsh, pay close attention to the accompanying visuals.

  • December 18, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Last week, an unsigned letter titled "No Thanks Pat" was posted over at Herald Square. Media Log hasn't been able to verify the details of the letter, but it reportedly featured the Grinch--although it's not clear whether Purcell's head was placed on the Grinch's body or not.

    Anyway, the letter was promptly taken down, and Purcell followed up with the missive you see below.

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  • December 15, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Most of the responses to my recent musings on blogs and the mainstream media run as follows: So, you're saying the blogosphere praises the MSM when it does well and chide it when it does poorly. Big fucking deal!

    Actually, that's not what I'm saying. What I'm saying is that when the MSM makes a mistake, the b-sphere pans it as fatally flawed.

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  • December 12, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    With Globe employees scheduled to vote on a new contract tomorrow, tensions between union leadership and rank-and-file employees seem to be extremely high. Case in point: this email from former Boston Newspaper Guild vice president Mary Corbett, which has been in heavy circulation for the last couple days and does everything but accuse the current union board (which has urged members to approve the contract in question) of bad faith.

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  • December 12, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    This just in: according to two Media Log sources, travel editor Fran Golden is getting the axe. Seems the tabloid's just going to run wire-service copy now.

    Tough times
    , these.

  • December 07, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Effective today (!), guy by the name of Stuart Layne is going to be calling the shots at the free daily.

    According to the press release announcing Layne's appointment--see below--Layne will "add to [Metro's] success" and "raise the profile of Metro Boston," which sounds reasonable. Also, Mayor Menino is apparently bullish on Layne thanks to his (Layne's) work as the Celtics' executive VP of marketing and sales.

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  • December 07, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Here's the email Henry Becton sent to staffers this morning. His resignation won't take effect until next October, when current GBH executive VP/COO Jon Abbott will take the reins. (You can get biographical details on both men here.)

    Date: Thursday, December 7, 2006 8:30 AM
    From: Henry Becton

    TO: ALL STAFF

    To everything there is a season, and I have decided that as I approach nearly thirty years at the helm of WGBH, the time has come to begin a transition to new leadership.






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  • December 06, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Inspired by the Weekly Dig staffer(s) known as "Media Farm," who didn't like my suggestions for how Kevin Convey might retool the Herald, I've decided to bring the question to you, the reader. Not the question of whether the Track Girls rock, as Media Farm thinks, but the question of what Convey could do to right the ship over at Herald Square.

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  • December 05, 2006
    By Adam Reilly


    What to say about Kerry Purcell's installation as director of content development for Herald Interactive?

    #1: Purcell is, in fact, the daughter of Herald owner Pat Purcell. This fact was omitted from the Herald's web item on K. Purcell's promotion yesterday, but found its way into today's print edition



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  • December 04, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Since I occasionally let my Sunday Herald mellow for a day, I only just discovered Howie Carr's critique of the Globe's Dec. 1 expose on the illegal/undocumented immigrants/workers who keep Mitt Romney's Belmont lawn nice and spiffy. Here's the crux of Carr's complaint, which involves an alleged Globe terminological double standard:

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  • December 02, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    The "you" in this question--posed by Herald business editor Greg Gatlin on the paper's Messenger blog earlier today--applies both to me and an unnamed source I quoted in my recent write-up of Kevin Convey's pending promotion to editor in chief.

    Gatlin takes issue both with this source's description and with me letting him whack the Herald anonymously.

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