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He is the Grand Master of the obvious and the already observed. Can't wait until he has a tubby after being first in line to give McCain a you-know-what at the Republican Fat Cat suck-up party at the Westmorland Club and then tells us about it...That'll be awesome.
Anyone catch that strange Guide story by Biebel a few Fridays back? The one where she opened it talking about a dismembered baby's corpse or some such gross news happening from a few years back, then segued cheerfully into describing WBRE's bright new set and news direction? Am I the only one who finds the attempt to connect such things morbid and disturbing?
The TL is for sale according to a very solid source.
All papers are for sale - if the price is right.
I wish Hodell would bravely venture to the roof top for weather during these storms. Shirtless of course.
Will someone officially "pronounce" this blog?
i know how to pronounce Ho-dell. It's pronounced, "sweet, condescending nothings whispered in my ear."
A former Maine senator, two well-known Maine businessmen and a longtime newspaperman with ties to the state are working to acquire Blethen Maine Newspapers, which includes the Portland Press Herald/ Maine Sunday Telegram.Frank Blethen, chairman of Blethen Maine Newspapers, announced Wednesday that the company has signed a letter of intent with a group called Maine Media Investments. The agreement provides a limited, exclusive time period to negotiate terms of a sale.Those negotiations are expected to begin as soon as possible, both sides said, but neither would disclose a timeline. They simply indicated that they hope to conclude the process quickly.The Maine-based investor group consists of William S. Cohen, a former Maine senator and U. S. secretary of defense; businessman Robert Baldacci, brother of Maine Gov. John Baldacci; developer Michael Liberty; and Richard L. Connor, a Bangor native with 40 years of experience owning and operating newspapers.Press Herald Publisher Charles Cochrane emphasized that the letter of intent does not mean the sale is a done deal."What this does is provide a window of time to work out the arrangements of the sale," he said.During that time, the company agrees not to pursue sale negotiations with any other potential buyers."We are hoping to do this as quickly as we can," Cochrane said.The Blethen Maine assets have been for sale since March, when parent company The Seattle Times said that declining revenue and outstanding debt made such a move necessary. Since then, the Portland paper has undergone two rounds of layoffs and cuts, with a new round scheduled for mid-August to compensate for a projected $1.2 million shortfall in advertising revenue.Cochrane said the August layoffs could still happen.A sale would affect employees at the Press Herald, the Kennebec Journal in Augusta and the Morning Sentinel in Waterville. Also included in any sale would be the Web site MaineToday.com; The Coastal Journal, a weekly newspaper in Bath; and a number of nondaily print publications.In a prepared statement, Blethen said "this locally-backed ownership group would provide a favorable outcome for the community, our readers, our employees and the Blethen family."He said a sale to this group likely would result in the most seamless and timely ownership transition.Though there are other potential buyers, Blethen said they are not likely to move forward because of a disagreement over the Portland Newspaper Guild's contract at the Press Herald.The union believes that a clause in the contract obligates a new owner to abide by terms of the existing deal; the newspaper company says that's not the case, and it filed suit against the union in U.S. District Court in Portland, asking a federal judge to either send the issue to arbitration or rule that a new owner is not required to honor the contract.The union has sought dismissal of that suit.Tom Bell, the guild's president, said the local investor group, which the union has had discussions with, looks promising.He said newspaper employees might have the opportunity to participate in an employee stock plan under new ownership, giving them a vested interest in the success of the newspaper.Bell also praised Blethen Maine Newspapers for "taking a risk to do this" and pursue local ownership with Maine Media."We've been told they want to run a professional newspaper," he said of the group.Connor, who was born in Bangor, is editor and publisher of the Wilkes- Barre (Pa.) Times Leader."All of us are driven by our love of Maine and the chance to have local people and the employees of this company determine the future destiny of these newspapers in the state," Connor said in a prepared statement. "We believe in Maine and we still believe in newspapers."Connor also said that his group intends "to grow this media business."Cohen heads The Cohen Group, a Washington, D.C.-based group that provides global business consulting services. His son, Kevin, president of DoubleMan Media, is expected to join his father in the newspaper venture."We hope we can reach an agreement that allows us to continue the heritage of strong Maine journalism and public service to the communities served by these newspapers and to the state," William Cohen said in a statement.Cochrane praised the local group, saying it is rooted in Maine and could provide stable ownership.Staff Writer Dennis Hoey can be contacted at 791-6363 or at: email@example.com
Man, did the Voice school the Leader on the Boscov's situation today or what! To read Jerry Lynott's "There's no story here, Boscov's staying open, move along," you'd think he was talking about a different chain and town entirely compared with the Voice's accurate breakdown of exactly how precarious the situation remains. The Voice did a smashing job of explaining just what Chapter 11 is, how the oversight committee will make decisions that will trump the will of good ol' Al, and how no matter how badly Boscov's may want to keep its downtown store open, the prognosis of doing so is bleak once Chapter 11 reorganization takes effect in this economic climate. Great job, Voice; poo-poo effort TL
Are you kidding? If you mean they "schooled the TL", as in, beating a dead horse, then you're accurate. That was just overkill. Newsworthy, yes. THAT newsworthy? Helllll no.
You miss the point: I'm not speaking of the quantity of Boscov's coverage. I'm speaking of the accuracy. And the Leader just plain got it wrong saying Boscov's will remain open and all is sound.
If Boscov's closes, will Hodell still do rooftop weather? Shirtless perhaps?
OK all you TL bashers, just give it a rest. Unless you start being fair with your comments. The TL had the story days before everyone else and said the chain was in trouble. Your selective reading is amazing.
as a former CV worker, I have to agree. Give it a rest.
Happy three-month anniversary, post :)
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