The newspaper industry has struggled to keep revenues up in recent years, and the Baltimore Sun is no exception.
The City Paper‘s “Mr. Wrong” columnist and creative director Joe MacLeod has had a thrilling couple weeks. After 25 years with the paper, MacLeod was fired without a severance package by City Paper‘s recent owners Times-Shamrock on the heels of MacLeod’s attempt to publish a profanity-ridden installment of his column.
After all that, City Paper‘s new owners the Baltimore Sun rehired MacLeod as a freelancer and are even paying him $50 more for each column.
It looks like the folks at City Paper are facing their acquisition by the establishment daily — which poses an existential threat to the concept of an “alternative” weekly — with a sense of humor, at least judging by today’s front page.
Courtesy Citybizlist – Times-Shamrock Communications is putting the Baltimore City Paper up for sale in a bid to shed all its alternative weekly papers, the Baltimore Business Journal reported. Merger and acquisitions firm Dirks, Van Essen & Murray is to handle the transaction.
The Scranton, Pa.-based media company owns four other alternative weeklies – the San Antonio Current, Cleveland Scene, Orlando Weekly and Detroit Metro Times.
Charles and David Koch, billionaire brothers who give millions of dollars to libertarian and conservative causes and are the major funders behind the Tea Party, revealed this week that they’re attempting to buy the Tribune Company’s regional newspapers, which include the Baltimore Sun, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and five others. It would be one of the largest sales of newspapers by circulation, according to the New York Times.