Bosses at Philly papers silent on NY Post report

It’s past noon in Philadelphia and staffers at the Inquirer and Daily News have yet to get a memo from management about the New York Post’s Sunday story on the Philadelphia Media Network papers being for sale. (The only reaction was in today’s Inquirer story about the Post report.) The Guild, however, did sent a bulletin to members yesterday “to alleviate mass hysteria,” I’m told. Here it is:

From: “Guild Bulletin”
Date: January 29, 2012 2:47:17 PM EST
Subject: New York Post reports Inquirer, Daily News are for sale

Dear Guild member,

The New York Post reported this morning that Philadelphia Media Network, which owns the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com, is up for auction with a major investor, Alden Global, planning to exit.

Here is a link to the story.

We are working to find out more about this situation and have asked the company to address the matter to its employees. We hope to see some communication from PMN soon.

Meanwhile, on another matter, Guild leaders were previously scheduled to meet with senior management and the editors of the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com on Tuesday afternoon to talk about the “One Newsroom” concept and will update the membership after that discussion.

In solidarity,

Dan Gross, President
Bill Ross, Executive Director,
and the Executive Board of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia/Communications Workers of America Local 38010

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  1. In the future it will become crystal clear that whenever a group of people working for a newspaper got a memo signed “In solidarity” it meant that group’s day were numbered.