Media Mutt Blog Archive 2009
The end is near: Pennsylvania newspaper publisher Richard Connor could be the owner of the Blethen Maine Newspapers by the end of next week.
Or the beginning of the following week.
Connor may be getting close to the goal he set when he publicly announced his intention to buy the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel and other Blethen properties last July. He’s told several people this week that he’s secured the necessary financing to complete the purchase.
The 10 percent solution: The economic downturn has reached all the way to the executive suites at Michigan-based Saga Communications. Company big shots have had their bonuses reduced by 10 percent.
Meet the Son of Munjoy.
The new blog by the alleged offspring of the pseudonymous Thomas Cushing Munjoy appeared recently (it’s hard to tell exactly when it started because Sonny doesn’t date each post on his homepage). He claims to be carrying on, and expanding upon, the mission of the original Munjoy, the recently departed critic of the Portland Press Herald and its owners, the Blethen family.
Westward ho: Pseudonymous blogger Thomas Cushing Munjoy has again taken leave of his self-appointed role as arbiter of all things Portland Press Herald.
This time, he swears it’s for good.
Less Independent: The rumors of major cutbacks at the Independent Publishing Group in Windham turned out to be true.
Independent stonewalling: Rumors began circulating this week that the Independent Publishing Group in Windham was shutting down two of its three weekly papers, the Gray-New Gloucester Independent and the Tri-Town Independent, which serves Poland, Mechanic Falls and Minot. According to the industry gossip, the company was also laying off several people.
Deep-sixed at Channel 5: WABI-TV, Channel 5 in Bangor, has laid off seven people, including three in the newsroom. According to Mike Young, vice president and general manager of the station, the cuts represent 10 percent of the station’s staff and the same percentage of the news staff.
Cloudy with a chance of rain: The Portland Daily Sun has been around for nearly two months.
Does anybody care?
Not if you’re the sort of person who picked up the free daily expecting to find hard news. The Sun has offered its readers occasional mini-scoops, such as last weeks’ article on the new doors being installed on Portland’s historic Custom House.
Pennsylvania newspaper publisher Richard Connor may have balked at giving the state retirement system board all the financial details about his plan to buy the Blethen Maine Newspapers, but the documents he did turn over to that public body provide some insight into how the sale might work and how much it might cost.
Pension tension: Pennsylvania newspaper publisher Richard Connor, head of the group seeking to buy the Blethen Maine Newspapers, went before the Maine Public Employees Retirement System board of trustees on March 12 and asked them to help fund the deal.