November 17, 2013 |
THE LEGAL BATTLE being waged among the investors who own the Philadelphia Inquirer , Daily News and Philly.com is shaping up to answer one key question: Was Robert J. Hall acting with the traditional authority of a publisher when he fired Inquirer editor Bill Marimow on Oct. 7, or was he serving as an inside agent of owner George Norcross III? The struggle was cast in World War II terminology in court yesterday when Joseph Podraza Jr., an attorney for owners Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, pressed Hall on the issue.
November 15, 2013 |
LEWIS KATZ said yesterday that he had never partnered with George Norcross III in a business and that he insisted on "blocking rights" for any decisions to be made when they formed a company last year to purchase the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com. "I wanted to make sure, since I was putting up the same amount of money as Mr. Norcross, that we have equal power in the agreement," Katz testified in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, where he is seeking injunctions to reinstate fired Inquirer editor Bill Marimow and remove publisher Robert J. Hall from his post.
November 1, 2013 |
A FRESH ROUND of volleys was fired yesterday in the ongoing battle between warring factions of Interstate General Media, the parent company of the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com. George Norcross III, IGM's co-managing partner, and William Hankowsky, one of the company's managing directors, released a joint statement detailing a $29 million offer to buy out Lewis Katz, the company's other co-managing partner, and chairman H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest. The offer was rejected.
October 31, 2013 |
GLADYS MARY SMITH was one of the best friends the Daily News and Inquirer ever had. For more than 20 years, Miss Polly, as she was affectionately known, delivered the newspapers in the West Philadelphia area with an unrivaled passion and dedication. Folks who lived near her home on Catharine Street would hear her car rev up at 3 or 4 a.m. on Sundays to handle the Sunday Inquirer. Those who knew her - and just about everybody did - would roll over and say, "There goes Miss Polly to deliver the papers.
October 30, 2013 |
A PHILADELPHIA Common Pleas judge is now mulling whether a legal dispute between the owners of the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com should be heard in civil court here or in Delaware's Chancery Court. Judge Patricia McInerney heard an hour's worth of arguments from lawyers for both sides yesterday before holding what appeared to be a private 45-minute meeting in her chambers with the two media company owners at odds in the dispute, Lewis Katz and George Norcross III. Norcross, after emerging from the judge's chambers, declined to comment when asked if McInerney tried to get Katz and him to resolve the dispute together.
October 14, 2013 |
Call it the Fourth Estate 2.0. More and more newspapers, magazines, and online media venues are going into streaming video - live or scripted TV online. Some of the biggest names in media are romancing the vid: the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, National Geographic. This transcends the watch-live options already available at CNN.com, NBCNews.com, and the Al Jazeeras. This is content meant to stand on its own. Fledged in summer 2012, HuffPost Live offers a 12-hour day of live shows from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. With chairs, sofas, and a couple of cameras, hosts sit in HuffPost's L.A. and New York offices.
October 11, 2013 |
THE OWNERS of Philadelphia's daily newspapers are taking their squabble over the future of the Inquirer to a courtroom. Entities representing two owners with 42 percent ownership of the parent company of the Daily News, Inquirer and Philly.com filed suit in Common Pleas Court yesterday seeking to reinstate ousted Inquirer editor Bill Marimow. The two Interstate General Media stakeholders - parking-lot magnate Lewis Katz and philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest - are also asking for the removal of Robert J. Hall, the publisher of the Inquirer and Daily News . A 10-page legal complaint alleges that Hall's firing of Marimow - a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter on his second stint as Inquirer editor - on Monday was "unauthorized, unforeseen and ill-advised.
August 29, 2013 |
POLITICIANS are used to making headlines. But the one in yesterday's New York Daily News referring to Chris Christie as "fatso" was over the top. It was a retaliatory strike that came after the New Jersey governor called Manish Mehta - the paper's Jets beat writer - an "idiot. " In type as bold as the governor, the headline screamed: "Who you calling an idiot, fatso!" Christie talked trash about Mehta while appearing on WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton sports radio show in New York on Monday.
August 13, 2013 |
William Henry Calvin Cannon Jr., 78, of West Philadelphia, a longtime mailer in the production department of The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, died Friday, Aug. 2, of natural causes at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospice in Darby Borough. From August 1978 until retiring on Dec. 31, 2004, Mr. Cannon worked at the Inquirer Building in Center City and later at the newspapers' printing plant in Upper Merion Township. Before that, he was a mailer for Triangle Publications Inc., which published TV Guide and Seventeen Magazine and formerly published The Inquirer.
July 25, 2013 |
THE NEXT TIME people tell me, "Newspapers are dead," I'll tell them about Denise Ferguson. In 2007, the two-story rowhouse attached to hers on Lambert Street in Point Breeze was torn down, all the way to the basement floor, by a developer who then abandoned the project, leaving a deep-holed eyesore. Ferguson convinced a man who'd worked on the property to at least fence it off from the sidewalk, so no one would fall in. It took a year, but the fence finally went up. Problem was, it had an 18-inch gap where it should have met the side wall of Ferguson's house.