Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Who wants to buy The Morning Call?

Romenesko is reporting that The Morning Call is reporting that the New Yorker is reporting that someone wants to buy the Allentown newspaper from new owner Sam Zell, though no one is saying who.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

who'd wanna buy that rag

Anonymous said...

That rag?

You mean a paper that puts all of the papers in NEPA to shame?

I can't imagine.

Anonymous said...

I lived in Allentown and the paper sucks.

Anonymous said...

Be fair folks, the Morning Call is a much better paper and a much bigger paper than any in NEPA. 12:01 must be an NEPA native, if it ain't local it's crap...

Anonymous said...

It also pays a whole lot better

Anonymous said...

of course it pays better it's in a larger market. The problem with the MC is that it doesn't dig deep enough to give its readers the hyper local news they want. That's why it is suffering the fate of many metro dailies, decreased circ and revenue.

Anonymous said...

are any of the NEPA papers actually growing?

Anonymous said...

Poor Amerman,
He went to AMC to escape that Bozo Connor, and now RC will probably buy him out down there

Anonymous said...

I don't think RC has that kind of cash. Previously morning call folks were worried that Dean Singleton - Media News - would buy the paper.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, but Singleton's a good owner, isn't he? One of the stalworths of journalism, I thought

Anonymous said...

The Call's top rate for reporters is all of $10 above the top rate the TT. Ask Slade, that's what he found. Didn't even pay for gas for the additional commute.

Anonymous said...

The Call is just like every other daily. Not much local coverage, a weak weekly entertainment paper and a large coverage area (8 counties I think) where they can't possibly cover everything, they closed their weekly zoned community edition. In other words, a paper in chaos.

Anonymous said...

Ohhhh, so that's why Amerman left. Not because he lives in the area.........MORON!

Anonymous said...

One of the potential new owners used to work at I believe Hess's Departmetn store. He's rounding up a bunch of locals including the owner of a weekly down there.

Anonymous said...

Is that weekly owner the former TL staffer who made the weekly entertainment paper that's stomping the call's

Anonymous said...

You mean Connor's gonna chase Amerman from his own home town? Get out.

Anonymous said...

To 1:43 - Say now! Did Amerman graduate from Allen, BECA, Central, Liberty, Salisbury, or one of the Lehigh Valley districts with an "Area" after its name?

9:23: Which department of the former Hess's? Someone from the main store on Hamilton Street (now PPL property)? A Berman or Greenberg?

Anonymous said...

greenberg

Anonymous said...

Amerman left the TL because he lives in Blakeslee? Huh? I don't get it. Please explain.

Anonymous said...

Amerman left to work closer to his home which is in the Poconos. And, face it, the Call is a bigger paper so it's a step up even if he is only doing bureau work. He didn't have any harsh words for the TL when he left. Check your facts instead of "guessing" what people's motives are.

Anonymous said...

Yep, and Amerman works out of the Call's Lehighton office, last I knew.

Anonymous said...

Amerman is in the main office in Allentown now. I think he only worked in the bureau for a few months.

Anonymous said...

Amerman's a good reporter who moved on to a bigger paper... Something that is quite common for the talented, not scandalous.

Anonymous said...

Amerman's a good reporter who moved on to a bigger paper... Something that is quite common for the talented, not scandalous.

Anonymous said...

I agree. I think he moved on because he received a no-brainer offer. Bigger (and better) paper, more money, I'm sure. By the way, I don't think Allentown is his home town. I'm pretty sure he grew up in the Philly burbs.

Anonymous said...

He's a good reporter, but he hated it at the TL. No doubt about that. Good for him, moving on.

Anonymous said...

He liked working at the TL when it was a Knight Ridder paper and Golas was in charge.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, true, he did like Golas, but let's face it, how could you not like Golas

Anonymous said...

You really can't blame Ammerman for leaving. He bore the brunt of Iseman's lunacy once Walzer was out of the picture. And he was too nice a guy to stand up and tell Iseman to go shove it. Let's face it, Golas was a nice guy but was nothing but a figure head with Insane Iseman in charge.

Anonymous said...

Connor took care of all of that. By the way, thanks for the turkey.

Anonymous said...

Amerman liked Iseman. And Golas was no figure head. Golas got rid of Say So over Iseman's objections.

Anonymous said...

Amerman should thank Iseman for his PNA awards on Sherwood and Kingston police reports.

Anonymous said...

Where's MY turkey????? Don't correspondents get them??????

Anonymous said...

Amerman was a big kiss ass.

Anonymous said...

Amerman does tend to get along with management. I'm not sure if that makes him a kiss ass. I know editors love him and he's generally friendly. Regardless of his relationship with editors, he is very talented and very solid at interviewing and digging for a tough story. As far as journalism awards, I've known him for years and he wins every year. I'm sure the editors at the TL guided him, but I know for a fact he went far beyond what most reporters would do on many stories.

Anonymous said...

Iseman and Golas had to push him with all those "tough" stories. He wasn't that good.

Anonymous said...

Never met Amerman. Don't remember any of his stories. But anyone who works in Wilkes-Barre and manages to go to a circulation 100,000+ paper is doing something right. People are lucky to go from Wilkes-Barre to Scranton.

Anonymous said...

Amerman was a nice guy, a real sweetheart. But his heart just wasn't in that line of work, even he would acknowledge that. He was a good worker who did well plugging away at the daily grind, but no question about it if he had it to do all over again he would've chosen a different path. He made no bones about it. I think he sincerely hates this business

Anonymous said...

Amerman was a nice guy, a real sweetheart. But his heart just wasn't in that line of work, even he would acknowledge that. He was a good worker who did well plugging away at the daily grind, but no question about it if he had it to do all over again he would've chosen a different path. He made no bones about it. I think he sincerely hates this business