August 25, 2015
Don't stop the press It's about time somebody gave overdue credit to journalists and newspapers. As a graduate of Temple's journalism school and onetime radio news reporter, I have had almost a lifelong relationship with the people and products of this challenging industry. I shudder at the claim that print media is an endangered species because, in addition to the reasons cited by former Inquirer publisher Brian Tierney ("Why newspaper content counts for all of us," Aug. 16), journalism has been a source of and a training ground for many artful and trustworthy writers.
June 5, 2015 |
STEVE WOJDAK never asked the impossible. He might have been one of the city's and state's most effective lobbyists, but Steve Wojdak would not have considered asking a legislator or governor or anyone else for a favor that they wouldn't want to deliver. "He had a way of putting himself in your position," said former Gov. Ed Rendell. "He would never ask for anything untenable. He knew his stuff. "You appreciate someone who understands the conflicts you have and difficulties you have in getting things done.
June 4, 2014 |
Brian Tierney, former part-owner and publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com, has agreed to help advise the company's interim publisher, H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, on advertising strategy, Lenfest said Monday. Tierney led the company, then known as Philadelphia Media Holdings L.L.C., from 2006 to 2010. He currently is chief executive officer of Brian Communications, a public relations and advertising agency with offices in Conshohocken. Lenfest said Tierney was not leaving his firm, but would devote time as a consultant to The Inquirer's company, now named Interstate General Media.
November 29, 2012 |
IS BRIAN TIERNEY, the former CEO of a company that owned the Daily News , taking his own name in vain? If he wasn't already, he might be now, given a civil suit that was filed this week in Common Pleas Court in which Tierney is listed as both a defendant and a plaintiff. The case of Tierney v. Tierney pits the public-relations guru and his new firm, Brian Communications Group, against his old company, Tierney Communications, which claims that Tierney is violating an agreement not to use his own name in another business.
April 3, 2012
WE ASKED a number of influential folks what their expectations were of the new local owners of the Daily News , Inquirer and philly.com. * "Too many people who ran the newspapers knew nothing about the rhythms of the region. I hope [the new owners] can change the flavor of the papers and reconnect with the people in our communities. " - JERRY MONDESIRE, head of the Philadelphia NAACP * "It's wonderful that people feel a civic duty to invest in journalism, but there are a lot of things to be nervous about . . . There's so much baggage that comes with each of these people.
September 9, 2011 |
DURING his spiritually soaring Mass of Installation yesterday, Philadelphia's down-to-earth new archbishop took time to say that he knows things are less than heavenly here at the moment. "This Church in Philadelphia faces very serious challenges these days," said Archbishop Charles Chaput, who takes over a diocese reeling from charges of priests sexually abusing children while the church hierarchy covered up the crimes. "There's no quick fix to problems that are so difficult, and none of us here today, except the Lord Himself, is a miracle worker," Chaput said at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul.
July 7, 2011 |
The 18-floor office tower that is home to The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and philly.com is inching closer to sale. Philadelphia Media Network, owner of the two daily newspapers and the online portal, is reviewing an unspecified number of bids for the 526,000-square-foot building at 400 N. Broad St. Mark Block, PMN's vice president for external affairs, said Thursday a decision "based on the best offer" would be forthcoming "sooner rather...
June 3, 2011 |
The 18-floor office tower that houses The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and philly.com is up for sale for the second time in nearly four years. Philadelphia Media Network Inc., owner of the two daily newspapers and online portal, has retained the Center City real estate brokerage Binswanger to handle the sale of the 526,000-square-foot building, at 400 N. Broad St. Bids on the building, as well as the five-level, 502-space parking garage at 15th and Callowhill Streets and adjacent 200-space surface lot, are due by 4 p.m. June 27, according to bidding instructions on a Binswanger website.
September 23, 2010 |
A coalition of Philadelphia Media Holdings L.L.C.'s largest debtholders has again won ownership of The Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com. The group of senior lenders, 16 financial institutions including Angelo, Gordon & Co., Alden Global Capital and Credit Suisse, submitted the winning bid of $105 million in cash today at an auction conducted before Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Raslavich here. Once again, the senior lenders group outbid a challenge - it started at $50 million and then was increased to $85 million - by local investors Raymond Perelman, businessman and philanthropist, and the Carpenters Union pension fund.
September 22, 2010 |
A coalition of The Inquirer's largest debt holders and a partnership of local businessman Raymond G. Perelman and the Carpenters Union pension fund emerged Wednesday as the only two bidders for the newspaper company. Both groups submitted initial bids by Wednesday's noon deadline. It is not known how much either offered, but a minimum bid of $50 million was required. Bidders also had to put up at least $7.5 million as a cash deposit. An auction is set for 10 a.m. Thursday in federal Bankruptcy Court here to determine who will take control of Philadelphia Newspapers L.L.C.