April 10, 2012 |
If Mitt Romney secures the Republican presidential nomination, he might want to start worrying about whether Rick Santorum is going to give him the John McCain treatment. Twice in the 2008 primaries, as McCain was closing in on the nomination, Santorum took to his newspaper column to trash him as moderate. McCain "has too often joined the very people who seek to destroy and replace what we fight to conserve and improve," Santorum wrote. "And so we wonder: Is this the man we can trust to take our case to the American people?"
April 5, 2012 |
The Inquirer is launching a service that seeks to enhance the newspaper through interaction with tablets and smartphones. Using the cameras embedded in such devices, readers will be able to scan photographs or advertisements in the newspaper to access hidden content, which will then be streamed to the devices. Readers could, for instance, watch a special video or hear an interview associated with a newspaper story, or they could get updates through the day on a breaking news story.
April 5, 2012 |
Earlier this year, Trenton-based Republican consultant Rich Ambrosino's phone started ringing off the hook. It had just become public that one of New Jersey's most powerful political figures, George E. Norcross III, was part of an investor group looking to buy Philadelphia Media Network, the parent company of The Inquirer, and other politicians were worried, Ambrosino said. "The political culture being what it is, there's always going to be Republicans saying, 'He's doing it to influence public policy outcomes,' " he said.
April 2, 2012 |
The pursuit of The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com began in October with an unsolicited offer by two businessmen with South Jersey roots, Lewis Katz and George E. Norcross III. It ended Monday with Katz, Norcross, and four other local investors paying $55 million to acquire the daily newspapers and their related website from the hedge funds and financial firms that had owned them since they emerged from bankruptcy in 2010....
April 1, 2012 |
The sale of The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com will likely be announced Monday, according to several sources. A local investor group has spent much of the last two months negotiating to acquire PMN from its hedge-fund owners in a transaction valued at $55 million to $60 million, according to multiple reports. With paperwork still to be signed, delays are always possible at the 11th hour. The buyers of Philadelphia Media Network Inc. are a group of local investors, led by George E. Norcross III, executive chairman of Conner Strong & Buckelew, a South Jersey insurance brokerage; and Lewis Katz, former chairman of Interstate Outdoor Advertising.
March 27, 2012 |
The publishing company of three daily newspapers in Bucks and Burlington Counties apologized Monday in a front-page letter for inaccurate results in their 2011 Readers' Choice Awards. "I regret to inform you that the voting results for several of the categories were not accurately reflected in the special advertising section in which the results were announced," Calkins Media vice president Thomas J. Spurgeon wrote in the letter to readers and advertisers. Calkins Media publishes the Bucks County Courier Times, the Doylestown Intelligencer, and the Burlington County Times, plus four papers in Western Pennsylvania and one in Florida.
March 23, 2012
John Cowles Jr., 82, a Minneapolis newspaper executive and philanthropist, died Saturday at home in Minneapolis. Scion of a family that owned the Des Moines (Iowa) Register, started Look magazine, and dominated the newspaper business in Minneapolis for more than half a century, Mr. Cowles (rhymes with bowls ) succeeded his father in 1961 as the editor of two Minneapolis papers, the morning Tribune and the evening Star. He became president and chief executive officer of the Minneapolis Star & Tribune Co. (later renamed Cowles Media Co.)
March 19, 2012
WHAT I wouldn't give to be writing about the Daily News putting naked yoga on Page One this month. Instead, we're back to the continuous struggle for survival, which is much less fun than naked anything. Last week, even more of the few, the proud, the staffers of the Daily News and the Inquirer were either bought out or laid off as the current management tries to tidy up the books for yet another set of new owners. Among the missing will be the Inquirer 's wonderful editorial cartoonist, Tony Auth, the talented and creative young visual artist Sarah Glover, whose work has been an ornament of both papers, a remarkable reporter and writer Natalie Pompilio, who has also contributed excellent work to both papers, and my friend Don Groff, a solid editor who also does fine photography.