Chicago Sun-Times staffers learned about the sale of their suburban papers from Twitter

Yes, there appears to be a communications problem at the Sun-Times. Employees there found out about the sale of the Sun-Times’ suburban papers to Tribune Publishing by reading media bloggers’ tweets. Eventually, they received this note – my source calls it a “say-nothing memo” – from Sun-Times CEO Tim Knight.

Dear Colleagues:

I know you’ve seen the speculation about the sale of some Sun-Times Media titles.

We don’t comment on rumors but I want to assure you that everything we do is to strengthen the company.

Tim Knight

Tim Knight

At present, our parent, Wrapports, LLC, is evaluating a variety of investments to continue to execute our digital strategy and grow the Chicago Sun-Times, one of the country’s great newspapers.

What I know for sure is that we are entering one of the busiest seasons of our year. I appreciate all of your hard work and continued focus on our readers, advertisers and partners.

Best regards,

Tim Knight

Hey, Tim, instead of mentioning “speculation” and “rumors,” why don’t you tell your employees what’s going on? Are you still in talks with Tribune Publishing? Or have you wrapped it up and just waiting for a press release to be written? Why not treat your journalists like partners?

* Tribune Publishing is buying Sun-Times’ suburban papers ( | (