July 10, 2015
Philly.com employees voted Wednesday to ratify a new two-year contract between its union and Philadelphia Media Network, which also owns The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. The 30-1 vote follows a Tuesday vote by employees of the two newspapers ratifying a separate two-year deal with the company. The new contract provides a five-step wage scale for Philly.com employees depending on their role. They had no scale previously. The contract also implements seniority protections, in line with agreement by the newspaper employees to allow management some flexibility in deciding layoffs.
August 11, 2014 |
DON'T LOOK NOW, but the lazy days of summer are tick-tocking away. Before we all know it September will be here. But don't call Hollywood lazy. The celebs are closing deals, getting married and buying houses. Some, unfortunately, have gotten tased. Read all about it in Celebrityville. Yesterday Weather guy John Bolaris has burn marks on his chest and it ain't because of the sun. Instead, he alleges a Hamptons cabdriver used a stun gun on him during a dispute, Philly.com reported.
June 21, 2014 |
Mike Topel, a former editor at The Inquirer who most recently developed digital news channels for a national newspaper chain, has been named interim executive editor of Philly.com, Interstate General Media owner H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest said Thursday. Topel's appointment is part of the management transition at the parent company of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com. Lenfest, a philanthropist and former cable-television magnate, consolidated ownership of the media company Wednesday by buying out Drew Katz, son of Lenfest's former partner in the venture, the late Lewis Katz.
June 12, 2014 |
JUST 10 DAYS after a plane crash took his father's life, Drew Katz confirmed last night that he's selling his stake in the Daily News, the Inquirer and Philly.com to philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, making Lenfest the company's sole owner. "Because of the turmoil of the last 10 days, I have made a decision that it would be in the best interests of The Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com for me to sell my interest in the company," the 42-year-old son of Lewis Katz said in an email to local journalists.
April 30, 2014 |
IT HAPPENED. It actually happened. Philly stopped shrugging long enough to call BS on cops getting a pass from the feds for allegedly preying on some of the city's most vulnerable. And that outrage led the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office to review the cases of two women who said they were groped by one of the cops. No word if they'll revisit the 22 Philly bodega owners who said they were robbed and roughed up. "It makes sense for us to do this now given the criticism we've received for something we never looked at before," First Assistant District Attorney Ed McCann said.
September 26, 2013 |
THE DAILY NEWS, Inquirer and Philly.com are partnering to collect supplies for Philadelphia schools. Donations will be taken in the lobby of the media group's headquarters at 801 Market St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday, Oct. 25. Interstate General Media LLC, the publisher, is partnering with Global Citizen, which spearheads the annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, to conduct the drive. The collection campaign for supplies was initiated in response to the current funding crisis and need for basic resources in Philadelphia's public schools, the company said.
May 31, 2013
MY OFFICE is situated in the heart of South Philly, between three funeral homes. Just this morning, I saw a coffin being placed into a hearse with black-clad mourners waiting in patient silence on the sidewalk. That is respect. But there are moments when we lose sight of our better angels and treat certain deaths as fodder for the gossip rags and cable trash bins of Nancy Grace and company. That happened this week when, to my dismay, the big news after Memorial Day was that Chuck Peruto's "girlfriend" had died.
May 25, 2013 |
The New Voices of Philly.com include a gay leader, a stoner, a sexologist, a libertarian-leaning Realtor - even the legendary Flyers goalie Bernie Parent, dispensing advice on relationships. Now add to that roster of columnists the governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett. "There is no political bias or intent, other than providing content that is interesting to our readers," said Robert J. Hall, chief executive officer of Interstate General Media, parent company of Philly.com, The Inquirer, and Philadelphia Daily News.
May 13, 2013 |
Show us your face. That's my solution to the online issue of incivility to which Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie recently fell victim at Philly.com. Vitriolic postings about his recent marriage illustrate the need for media-sponsored websites to implement the same rules that apply to a speaker sounding off in the town's square: Say what you want, but the public gets to see who you are. John Featherman, a Philly.com columnist, reported that as soon as word of Lurie's nuptials to a woman of Vietnamese heritage was published, a blogosphere barrage began.
March 8, 2013
PHILLY.COM is expanding its Philadelphia arts coverage with the launch of digital content from Art Attack, which was created out of a partnership between Drexel University's Center for Cultural Outreach and the Daily News , it was announced Thursday. Art Attack's coverage of local artists includes musicians, world music, film, theater, dance and classical, contemporary and performance art in Philadelphia communities. "Our new partnership with Art Attack will allow us to provide our readers with even more extensive coverage on the widest array of arts in Philadelphia," said Lexie Norcross, vice president of digital operations and director of Interstate General Media, parent company of Philly.com.