Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bang You're Fired: Tribune Pulls Plug On Planned Digital Media Site

We do live in a world of disequilibrium but Tribune Media seems to be taking that extra step to prove it.

Just like that, within weeks of being hired, new reporters for have been fired.

Politico has the details:
On April 25, Tribune Media planned to launch a new national news site — — featuring a combination of breaking news, in-depth feature reporting and opinion content. The company had spent months developing the site and staffing it up with reporters from places like Vice, The Intercept and the New York Daily News. By Wednesday, Tribune Media had already started the P.R. roll-out for the site.

And then it abruptly pulled the plug.

Around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday,’s New York staff were summoned to a conference room and informed that they were being let go, a (now-former) Tribune employee told POLITICO.

“Today we are taking another step in the strategic review process, reorganizing our centralized digital operation and fully integrating it into Tribune Broadcasting,” Tribune Media interim CEO Peter Kern wrote in an email to employees, obtained by POLITICO, on Wednesday evening.

“As a result of this move, a number of people in our central digital organization will be leaving the company,” Kern added...

In all, more than 18 employees in New York and Los Angeles were laid off as a result of the restructuring, the former Tribune employee said.

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