In April of 2013, Norman Weiss announced in a three-sentence blog post that he was killing his TV Tattle blog after 13 years.
Why? I asked at the time.
“Your post from a few weeks ago describes it,” he responded, referring to this Ad Age piece that I’d linked. “Banner ad revenue has dwindled so much that it no longer pays the bills.”
HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall was sorry to hear of TV Tattle’s demise – “a damn shame,” he tweeted – and Weiss eventually started blogging under HitFix’s roof.
“In the set-up of the arrangement,” says Sepinwall, “I was just the first point of contact because I was friendly with Norman from my Star-Ledger days; the idea to bring him in was [HitFix TV blogger] Dan Fienberg‘s, and HitFix management did the rest.”
The marriage lasted 20 months.
Weiss announced Tuesday morning that “my time here at Hitfix is up” and “the future of TV Tattle is to be determined.”
I’ve asked Weiss for more information and will post his response when/if it comes in.
Sepinwall tells me “those decisions [regarding TV Tattle] were made above my paygrade, so I don’t know the reasoning.” He suggested I contact HitFix co-founder Greg Ellwood to find out more; I’ve done that.
* So long, farewell (hitfix.com/tv-tattle)
* April 2013: TV Tattle calls it quits after 13 years (jimromenesko.com)
* May 2013: TV Tattle is rescued by HitFix (jimromenesko.com)
Ignore all that negative press, officers, and enjoy a Long John!
The person who gave 36 dozen donuts to Fort Myers police wrote:
Another donor stopped by the Lee County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office earlier today and dropped off 76 dozen of donuts, 15 gallons of orange juice and 5 Key lime pies, reports Michael Braun.
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* New York Mayor Bill de Blasio blasts coverage of protests. (observer.com)
* “People who are easy to edit go far in life.” (tamarakeith.com)
* A Massachusetts state senator’s partner blames the Boston Globe for his job loss. (bostonglobe.com)
* Why “The Colbert Report” succeeded. (insidephilanthropy.com)
* Miami Beach police chief to New Times: You’ve made up your mind about Tasers so I’m not talking to you. (Random Pixels)
* How the Washington Post, NPR and others use Tumblr. (ajr.org)
* McClatchy’s Raleigh News & Observer is looking to sell its downtown building. (newsobserver.com)
* “In our job, the future belongs to those who try out new things,” says German j-school director Marc Thomas Spahl. (newsroom.de)
* PhillyVoice.com posted about 25 job positions and says it got 250 resumes.
(bigtrial.net) | “A wild ride in the Philly media sphere” in 2014. (billypenn.com)
* “Inside the New York Fed” and other big-traffic stories of 2014. (dailynewsgems.com)
* Former NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth (left) – “a news junkie with strong opinions” – is a Huffington Post fellow. (washingtonpost.com)
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