By - 1/14/16 - 9:56 am
Pam Cross

News One reports on Pam Cross's departure after 35 years at the station.

The Emerson graduate's leaving comes just as the station is debuting a new 4:30 p.m. newscast that will feature 24 stories in just 12 minutes (presumably all read by Ed Harding after he inhales a couple balloons' worth of helium).

By - 1/13/16 - 4:12 pm

Aviva Chomsky discusses what happened to Globe deliverers in the Lynn area when the paper switched distribution companies: The new company ditched accident insurance, forced the deliverers it did take on to handle longer routes and decreased the per-paper fee they got. Also:

At the old distribution center in Lynn, they folded and bagged their papers inside the facility, with plenty of light, tables, and access to bathrooms. In Woburn, they are forced to do it outdoors in the icy darkness, or awkwardly inside their cars.

By - 1/12/16 - 7:47 am
Thunder the dog waits for the Globe

DM Nelson reports Thunder's morning job used to be to go out to the driveway and retrieve the morning Globe. But now, "he's ready to file for unemployment."

By - 1/10/16 - 12:06 pm
By - 1/8/16 - 7:47 am

Steve Safran analyzes the NBC decision to smack WHDH upside the head and create its own station in Boston, using an antenna in Manchester, NH (a city that has so little going for it it has to keep pretending it's near Boston):

What we have in NBC Boston now is a cable and web-first product, a true 21st century operation that is no longer concerned primarily with what the antenna-only crowd is doing. It’s not longer about the WXXX or KXXX branding. It’s the network and the city. Smart. The changeover won’t happen until 2017, and Ansin is vowing to sue. But this kind of structuring will happen more as networks start to operate more like cable channels.

By - 1/7/16 - 7:45 pm
IDG logo

Former IDG exec Colin Crawford reports that IDG has retained Goldman Sachs as a prelude to selling itself off - ideally in one piece. Read more.

By - 1/7/16 - 2:58 pm

Barstool Sports Emergency Press Conference - New York, New York

And is moving to Manhattan (put the earbuds in if you play the video at work, unless, of course, you work at Barstool).

David Portnoy is staying on as El Presidente.

By - 1/7/16 - 10:58 am

UPDATE: Say hello to Channel 60, soon with Harry Connick Jr.'s new daytime show. And Pete Bouchard.

News One reports NBC could announce its Channel 7 killer, NBC Boston, today and that Channel 7 owner Ed Ansin will be in town to meet with his local staff and possibly announce a lawsuit to block NBC. NBC wants to own a channel in Boston; Ansin, who runs WHDH as an NBC affiliate, doesn't want to sell.

By - 1/6/16 - 8:34 pm

This evening, Emily Rooney at WGBH reported that John Henry and Globe CEO Mike Sheehan ignored warnings from their own circulation department that the new home-delivery system could fail.

Henry fired back tonight in a tweet:

WGBH now has added a fiction writer to its news lineup. Makes for great stories!

By - 1/6/16 - 2:09 pm

UPDATE: John Henry vs. Emily Rooney.

With the timid tabloid completely abdicating its responsibility to snark the Globe upside the head, we're lucky to have two fine local pundits to give us dueling views of the latest in the home-delivery crisis: John Henry's apology. Read more.

By - 1/5/16 - 7:48 pm

The Globe reports it's bringing back the company it dumped for allegedly not being able to retain customers that well to service half the paper routes the shiny new company that the Globe brought on managed to mess up.

Ed. note: Yeah, I'm also hoping there's nothing else to report about Globe home delivery today.

By - 1/5/16 - 3:07 pm

UPDATE: Three layoffs.

Senior Editor S.I. Rosenbaum tweeted early this afternoon that she's just lost her job.

"A major purge appears to be underway," Dan Kennedy added.

Editor-in-Chief Carly Carioli announced his sudden departure last month.

By - 1/5/16 - 1:23 pm

We weren't the only ones who wondered what would happen when all those exhausted Globe reporters went home Sunday after delivering papers. Looks like David Bernstein found their replacement: A "sharing economy" startup that launched last year to hire people to staff parties is now looking for people to assemble and deliver newspapers out of some unspecified media organization's distribution centers in Newton and Pembroke, which just happen to be where the Globe has distribution centers.

They're paying $12 an hour, plus you get $24 a day for car expenses. And you can start, as the ad says, TONIGHT! Even better:

After you deliver the papers you are free to go straight home and you do not need to report back to the distribution center.

Oh, but you will have to report at 2 a.m.

By - 1/5/16 - 7:36 am

Just take a look at ACI Last Mile's page for would be publisher customers:

Our Systems Get the Job Done Efficiently Read more.

By - 1/3/16 - 10:10 pm

And then maybe it can offer the service improvements it promised. The Globe self-reports tonight on a "finger pointing" emergency meeting between execs at the new delivery company and Globe officials who said they never imagined 10% of readers would stop getting their papers (not the 5% the Globe had said was the case last week) - and never would have made the switch if they'd known.

By - 1/3/16 - 12:54 pm
Globe newsies

Photographer - and social reformer - Lewis Hine spent a fair amount of time in Boston in the early part of the 20th century capturing the often horrible condition of children. Among the kids he photographed were newsies, including this group of Globe hawkers with Sunday papers at 5 a.m. one Sunday in 1909.

From the Library of Congress's Lewis Hine collection.

By - 1/3/16 - 10:18 am
Forlorn Boston Globes just sitting on Main Street in Framingham

Forlorn Globes just sitting on Main Street, Framingham this morning. Photo by Rich Shap.

It's nice that Globe reporters, editors and other officer workers (some 200 in all) volunteered to assemble and deliver papers this morning. Globies really do want you to read their work. Hopefully, they at least get some pizzas out of the deal.

But, ultimately, the Globe is a for-profit concern and we've yet to hear from the guy who, at the end of the day, hopes to make a profit from his investment in the Globe. And has anybody heard anything from ACI, the company that said it could take over Globe delivery?

In the meantime, we get a statement from the Globe's vice president of consumer affairs and marketing (atttached, below), that getting reporters to deliver one day's paper is: Read more.

By - 1/2/16 - 8:04 pm

Boston Eater asked local food writers for their "biggest restaurant grievances" of the year just past. Some of the writers responded with complaints about overly loud restaurants, the ubiquity of "small-plate" menus, the cost of going out these days.

Kerry Byrne, who writes about food for the Herald, complained about lazy welfare queens.

The dearth of talent, especially noticeable from a dining perspective in the front of the house. Every chef and restaurateur complains about it and struggles with it. One of the inevitable fallouts of an ever-expanding welfare society in which millions of Americans find it's more profitable to sit at home than it is to work. Restaurateurs are struggling as a result.

By - 1/2/16 - 6:01 pm

UPDATE: See the memo from the reporters' union.