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Massachusetts Liberal

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Rocky time ahead

Kevin Convey puts up a brave front in talking about his plans for the Herald, But the financial reality from this double blow makes you wonder how much he is whistling past the grave yard.

I do believe Convey is an improvement over Ken Chandler, a likable chap with a Murdochian view of newspapers that has never worked here (see the circulation numbers). As Adam Reilly notes, Convey is basically a Herald lifer with good leadership skills -- a must with a shrinking and demoralized staff.

This unnamed observer for the Phoenix expertly sums up what he faces:
"The Herald’s basically irrelevant now. People don't give a shit what the Herald says anymore; they don't care whether they're in it any more. They have bursts where they come out with something good — when they try to set the agenda for the week's coverage for a couple days — but they can't sustain it.”
Throw in their refusal to touch Globe stories -- even classic Herald yarns like pols at the trough -- and you are left to wonder whether Convey may have the necessary magic.

And then we get to the triple whammy of the financial hits (let's not forget this rather strange Pat Purcell move). It truly makes you wonder if the ultimate goal is to close the shop, sell the valuable real estate abutting the Expressway and leave Boston a one-newspaper town.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing that makes me laugh the hardest is that the Herald is always sold out at my subway stop (I'm not kidding, it may be the only place on the planet where this occurs). I don't know if it's because my neighbors haven't figured out that they can get the paper for free virtually anywhere, or if they're trying to make some kind of statement about how much they love the Herald. "We reject your free copy. We will pay. WE WILL PAY" lol

November 30, 2006 3:30 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Well, I do think the Herald is a better read than the Metro, even if they are worth about the same in terms of cost. I stopped buying the paper when Chandler took it downscale. It bothers me, but not as much as paying for the biased product.

December 01, 2006 7:33 PM  

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