Jan 22, 2009

Singleton on his way

MediaNews Group CEO William Dean Singleton will be in L.A. tomorrow.

23 comments:

Candide said...

Well, that's a relief. With Bush in Texas, Obama in the White House and Dean in Woodland Hills, there's cause for optimism.

Anonymous said...

I bet the rank and file are real happy Mr Sunshine is paying a visit to his rapidly crumbling Southern California empire. Maybe you need to take a hard look at who is running the show for you, his performance is not a sweet sound.

Anonymous said...

I smell bankruptcy.

Anonymous said...

He's probably going to rubber stamp the carnage that Butler and his cronies contrived a couple of weeks ago.

LAO says Lean Dean may publish the Daily News fewer days.

Anonymous said...

It appears that lang circulation chief and also in charge of daily news circulation was let go today. My bet is there are lots more to come.

Anonymous said...

no one will miss the paper if they stop publishing it at all. A joke of what was a force in the valley years ago.

Steve L. said...

I heard the LA "Daily News" is being renamed "Weekly News"

Anonymous said...

weakly news is more like it. bossman, anyone else you want to throw under the bus and blame your mistakes on?

Anonymous said...

I hear he is going to dump LANG and buy the OC Register and concentrate on Nor-Cal and Denver.

" Naive Beach Boys " as he once called OCR.

Anonymous said...

any info on why singleton is in town today? CREDIBLE news? not just rumors?

Anonymous said...

they can't get a forecast right. the daily news is off seven fold what they said they would be off. anytime he comes to town it is because they have a problem...they can't get a handle on their business because they have little leadership.

Anonymous said...

My sources are suspect, because I don't know anything that I haven't made up, and I've been drinking while studying for the next postal examination, because I'm starting to have doubts about the future of newspaper work and I think it's wise to have a backup plan. But this is what I've heard: Daily News will be scaled back to four days a week, all Sundays, because Sunday is the most profitable day. That means three profitable bulldog editions (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and Sunday's paper. New slogan: "We've got your Sunday, everyday (except Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)." It's wordy as slogans go, but accurate and heads off questions about running the same content four days aweek.

Anonymous said...

I thought Dean was doin' a deal with the devil...I mean Sam for Tribune to take-over production?

L.A. Times already delivers it, why not let them produce it?

Hell, Carolina has all but given-up Santa Clarita, why continue publishing in Valencia anyway? Sell the buliding to The Signal and move on.

No more Tuesday edition? The Bargain Hunter had her own section to herself on Tuesday (with classifieds) in the very, very skinny Daily News, but now she's gone too.

Anonymous said...

it won't matter what they do. they will continue to bleed till they go away. any newspaper reader will find other outlets for news and it won't be a newspaper web site. There are vast choices on the web and all are better than most newspapers. That is exactly why their business model does not hold water for the web. They are not good at it, it is not compelling, and there is no reason to go to it.

Anonymous said...

mass layoffs to come. hearing he might be shutting down a newspaper.
also, all news and copy desks are consolidating at san gabe.

Anonymous said...

How does the old joke go...how do you end up with a small fortune...give singleton a big fortune. it is a fact that he has smaller newspapers that are producing margins well north of 25%. There was a time when the San Gabriel group was around 20% and that was within the last couple of years. Why to they continue to throw the sins of the non producing newspapers to kill those newspapers that seem to be doing just fine. It looks like at least in lang that he is throwing every expense he can find to the tribune while hiding the real margin out east.

Anonymous said...

Allegedly the L. A. Daily News is losing $ 500,000 a month and it's circulation has dipped under 90 thousand.
Ed Moss is in a panic and throwing stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks.

I wouldn't be surprised if Dean Singleton cuts lang loose and uses the sale to pay off the Banks and focus his energies on Bang and Denver.

Anonymous said...

The post at 1:18 from my perspective is dead on. First, Ed Moss would not know a good idea if it came up and shook his hand. Second, he is no judge of talent. Take a look at the people he has brought in to help and what they have done, not too much. Employees tell me that each and every plan is bogus and a failure. I don't think he can sell the paper, if he can, to who, and why? There isn't much to cut if at all and the economic winds are not kind right now.

Anonymous said...

Yes I agree, they thought that the content sharing model would save them and or make them millions and the only big problem is they cut all the content providers.

They could sell very cheaply to some sentimental sap who has the cash or .... Bankruptcy.

Anonymous said...

All we really need is one paper anyway. Not too big, and not every day. For now.

Anonymous said...

I agree with one paper, although you lose a different perspective, or at least you are supposed to. But, the core reader like me needs the paper daily and there is a way to produce and make money every day. It isn't impossible and it can be done. How are papers running 25 percent margins or greater right now?

Anonymous said...

they are going to merge them all with san gabe. sort of how they did it with whittier and pasadena. rumor is there will be big layoffs as a result. the suits met yesterday at the DN.

Anonymous said...

that even makes less sense than what they are doing now. They are not a Los Angeles newspaper and can't become one. Even in its weakened state the Times is vastly head and shoulders over any product lang can manufacture. As little local news as they have left is what keeps long time readers with their products. Talk about a short sighted flawed and leads to your death plan...looks like they found it if it is true. gag me!