Tim Sullivan, a U-T San Diego sports columnist since 2002, was let go on Friday. “They called me in at 3 o’clock … and I was gone by 3:02,” he writes on Twitter. “I was advised [Friday] that my services were no longer required. Simple as that.”
Longtime sports journalist Ed Sherman writes:
Naturally, members of our fraternity were shocked. Sullivan is among the most respected columnists in the business, and he more than made his mark during his 10 years in San Diego. Hard to see how this makes the U-T a better paper.
Meanwhile, I’m told that U-T San Diego staffers received the hoax email below that said Sullivan was fired because “he was not on board” with the paper’s TV plans. (“Apparently it was just someone doing a plausible [CEO John] Lynch impersonation,” says my tipster.”)
THE HOAX EMAIL
U-T San Diego Colleagues,
As we prepare for the cable launch of Scott B.R. + Amber on U-T TV, I am excited to announce a new initiative for the U-T San Diego writer staff.
The writers will be required to write an essay about why a new Chargers Stadium would invigorate the community and improve America’s Finest City. We will select seven winners from the submissions and print one each day for a week on the front page of the newspaper. The winners also will read their essays on the air of Scott B.R + Amber.
These are exciting times for our company. If this initiative is successful we will launch another sponsored writer essay contest about what makes America great.
Papa Doug and I want all of us to be Patriots of this great nation and that is why we are promoting our great military writers Gretel Kovach and Jennifer Steele.
We all need to be on board. Some of you may have questions why the Sports Writer Tim Sullivan is no longer with the company. He was not on board.
It is time to look forward and not backward.
John T. Lynch
U-T San Diego
* Angry reaction to Tim Sullivan’s ouster at U-T San Diego (ShermanReport.com)
* U-T San Diego launching in-house TV station (U-T San Diego)
* Read what Sullivan has to say about his dismissal on Twitter (@TimSullivan714)