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Date Posted: 06:43:06 09/20/16 Tue
Author: Michael Motorcycle
Subject: Re: Names?
In reply to: Requiem for a dinosaur 's message, "Re: Names?" on 10:43:45 09/16/16 Fri

This was a second floor problem? This statement confuses me. Didn't the third floor have three times the national average of editorial employees for a paper with this circulation? I guess having 150 extra employees for 20 years didn't contribute to the wasteful spending. Maybe if Frank or Ralphie boy ever looked at the bottom line instead of robbing Dick blind, the Trib wouldn't be in this situation. On the other hand, Dick could of left his money to the newspaper and all would be well. Dick didn't do that so now the paper has to make cuts to stay viable. Its not rocket science, its business. Everything I am hearing is the Trib newsroom is happier than they have been in a long time. I wonder if that has anything to do with the change in leadership...

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[> [> [> Re: Names? -- Velocipede, 15:52:07 09/20/16 Tue [1]

Dick wanted to pretend he was a mogul with his playtime empire and freely spent to indulge himself, convinced he could destroy the PG, now almost certain to outlast the Trib in a severely depleted form. The recent departures included most of Dick's zealots like Craig, Cuddy, McNickle, Bish, Heyl and Zito. So there may be a "happy Trib newsroom" yet it may prove a hollow victory. The money earmarked to keep the paper afloat is the focus of the Scaife offspring legal action. That money is not available, so Dick's dream will likely die.


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[> [> [> [> Re: Names? -- Michael Motorcycle, 07:34:08 09/21/16 Wed [1]

I agree that Dick did whatever he wanted trying to put the PG out of business. That is why the newsroom was so large. Once Dick passed, changes had to be made. The leadership at the time(Ralph, Frank & Yale G)Were incapable of making these changes. That is why they are no longer there. The only hope they have is the current leadership. From the looks of it, they are doing everything possible to ensure the papers survival. Once all the changes are finalized the Trib will/should FINALLY be on solid ground. The same cant be said for the PG.

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[> [> [> [> [> Re: Names? -- Vespa, 23:18:33 09/21/16 Wed [1]

So, the PG has the parent, Block Communications, a very profitable media company that owns the Blade, cable systems and TV stations, behind it. You really think that in a city like Pittsburgh, that could only ever support only one daily, that survivor will be the Trib? What makes you think they can diminish a product that was always mediocre at best to practically nothing, and attract enough readers and advertisers to survive? The remaining staffers, editors and reporters alike, are largely so-so or bottom of the barrel types whose work was never better than mediocre.

The new corporate leaders are bean counters on a fool's errand. Maybe you think people will accept anything. Trib cheerleaders always tend to have a "Baghdad Bob" quality about them. But even when Scaife bloated the newsroom, the Trib was never the success he claimed it to be. He gave away thousands of copies to create an illusion of growth.

Whatever happens to the PG, and its survival is by no means certain, the Jennifers at TTM are not going to do anything but delay the inevitable. If they are the only hope, it's no hope at all.

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[> [> [> [> [> Question for Michael-- -- Enquiring mind, 14:43:37 09/22/16 Thu [1]

So tell us, what demographic will MAYBE put the Trib on "solid ground?" The place is imploding, and people think that Pittsburghers will embrace it?

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