Sunday, April 30, 2006

Back and forth in the Wilkes-Barre newspaper war

The Times Leader, hoping to avoid assimilation by Times-Shamrock, boasts that a two-paper market is best for the public. And yet, the TL reports today that it also hurts its appeal to possible investors. This comes after another company picked up four newspapers from McClatchy, the TL not being one of them.

Here's more bad news from the Wilkes-Barre newspaper war as well. A tipster reports that some TL employees have already shipped their resumes across the street to the Citizens' Voice, anticipating that Times-Shamrock will swoop down, pick the best reporters from both newspapers, and combine it into the Citizens' Leader (or whatever name you want to pick). "We're hanging on, gallows humor, all looking," the tipster said.

Representatives from the Newspaper Guild will be heading to Wilkes-Barre soon to talk with TL employees and survey the matter. For those who don't know, the Guild has expressed interest in the TL, and is backing a California company's bid for it. That has made some unionized CV employees upset that the Guild would even consider helping someone buy the TL.

The TL/CV saga could prove to be more interesting than Nexstar's retransmission fee brouhaha a few months ago.

In unrelated news, people who want to visit former WYOU news director Frank Andrews' state representative campaign website will find a strong message: "The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later." Oops.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who at the TL has sent resumes across the street? Who is marketable and who isn't?

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know one who has, wink, and another who has or is in the process. Some columnists are marketable and the Voice can use them. Golias was good on regionalism but is stuck in a rut now. The tv and radio people arent exciting imo. Some of the biggest rolodexes have left the Voice (to steal a line about Andy M) and in the new day there might be room for a few of the better TL reporters. My opinion.

2:58 PM  

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