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The Washington Time’s new President Larry Beasley has a strange, delayed way with words and a gigantic announcement out today. It’s that Executive Editor Ed Kelley is leaving to pursue “other opportunities” and they’re on the hunt to replace him. He waits five graphs to get to the news. Talk about burying the lede.
While the search is on, the newsroom will report to Managing Editor Chris Dolan. Kelley arrived at TWT in June of 2011.
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Just when you thought it was dead and buried, up rises The Washington Times. The DC daily has posted its first Help Wanted sign, beginning what TWT sources predict will be a flurry of activity as it relaunches sections dropped during a year of ownership turmoil. The listings for a White House correspondent and editors for new Sports and Metro sections signal a return to the full-service product. A TWT insider said cheers erupted in Wednesday afternoon’s news meeting when word of the postings was announced by Managing Editor Chris Dolan. A US News & World Report posting said TWT is once again flush with cash, thanks to its longtime benefactor, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
In the end, The Times will double its staff, hiring up to 50 reporters and editors. In addition to Sports and Metro, the paper will relaunch an Arts and Entertainment section, complete with a gossip columnist (calling Kiki Ryan!). According to US News, “the salaries are going to be better.”
John Solomon, executive editor of Center for Public Integrity that includes the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, isn’t formally working for TWT anymore, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t involved in some back channel behind the scenes. There is heavy talk of an effort underway for him to return to the paper from which he resigned as executive editor in November 2009.
On Wednesday on the floor of the TWT newsroom, editorial staff were heard voluminously discussing a rumor that Solomon was returning to the newspaper. One school of thought by a TWT insider with a ringside view is that staff were discussing the situation loudly enough for TWT acting Editor Chris Dolan to overhear and react. The insider said Dolan had to have heard the conversation, but was not observed reacting to it in any way.
But talk is all Solomon says it is.
“That would be news to me,” he told FishbowlDC this afternoon in a phone interview. “I am happy with my job for the Center For Public Integrity and deeply involved in developing the center’s new media and business strategies and any rumors to the contrary and any rumors suggesting anything else are patently false. I have heard this [rumor] from the day after I resigned. Washington Post reported that I asked for my old job back. I don’t know if I should be flattered or what.”
But even Solomon agrees that the rumor is not so outlandish. Packard Media Group, a media management company part-owned by Solomon, visited TWT late last year to give a presentation to a small group of top staff. The proposal was to take over TWT advertising. Solomon was not present for the meeting. The proposal is said to still be alive. But there are many proposals on the table hoping to be accepted by TWT as the publication moves forward under its new ownership.
Another detail involves TWT President Thomas McDevitt. Sources told FishbowlDC that McDevitt said he speaks to Solomon daily and that he “doesn’t make a decision without talking to Solomon.”
Reaction to a potential Solomon return is mixed. “There’s people who got along with him really well,” the source, who wished to speak anonymously, said. “There were people he was nasty to and people new in the building who don’t know what to think. I don’t think there’s universal enthusiasm.”
We requested comment from Dolan. We’ll bring it to you should he reply.
> Update: The reporters discussing Solomon’s potential return were said to be horsing around. Dolan called FishbowlDC and remarked, “What the Washington Times insider apparently didn’t hear was the beginning of the statement that started with, ‘Let’s start a rumor.’ One of the reporters was fooling around in the newsroom. They were being boisterous and maybe they need more work to do.”
BREAKING: Sources confirm that Sam Dealey, top editor at The Washington Times was fired this afternoon. Managing Editor Chris Dolan has been named acting editor in chief of the paper. Sources say TWT brass is embarking on a national search for a new head of editorial though it remains unclear what kind of talent the struggling paper can attract.
A knowledgeable source tells FishbowlDC that the news was shocking to Dealey. A memo to staff announcing the switch is expected to be released tomorrow.
Subject: Dolan now TWT’s ME
Hi all. A quick note to let you know that Chris Dolan will be TWT’s new
managing editor. His appendix, alas, will not be joining him, but his spleen — invaluable to an ME — is very much in working order…
The backstory: Dolan had his appendix removed last week. (P.S. I would have brought you a picture of an appendix, but it was just too gross. I had to go with the spleen.)
Breaking: The TWT purge has officially begun. A source tells FishbowlDC that Managing Editor-Print David Jones, Dep. Managing Editor-News Geoff Etnyre and writer Barbara Slavin are among the folks who have already received layoff notice. The rest of the staff will receive letters at 3.30 pm to learn if they will have jobs beyond tomorrow. So far, we’ve only heard that Chris Dolan and Carleton Bryant have been retained.
We’ll continue to update as we learn more.
Update: Jill Badanes, TWT’s online anchor who writes, presents, and edits the daily “Morning Briefing” video also got the pink slip today.
Update: The entire TWT photo department all lost their jobs save for Joe Eddins, an editor and shooter, and another department desk editor.
Update: The entire sports section of the newspaper is no longer being produced.
The Washington Times will now has even less of a presence at the White House as Matthew Mosk packs his bags and heads for a new gig as an investigative reporter for ABC News.
By now you may have heard that I am leaving the Times for ABC News. It’s been too short. I want to thank all of you for being so welcoming, and such terrific colleagues. In particular, I want to thank Chris Dolan, Dave Sands, and Barbara Slavin, who have been trusted and thoughtful guides as I learned my way around the newsroom and the White House.
Say this: We had fun.
FishbowlDC has obtained this internal staff memo from Washington Times Executive Editor John Solomon, in which he says, “In the shadows of this historic election, we now must ready ourselves to shine again with our coverage of the new administration and the new Congress.”
Solomon details some key changes, including new gigs for Joseph Curl (reported yesterday by FishbowlDC), Chris Dolan, Stephen Dinan, Christina Bellantoni, Jon Ward, David Sands, S.A. Miller, Kara Rowland, Sean Lengell and Tom LoBianco.
Join us after the jump…
Chris Dolan to become interim congressional bureau chief.
Jon Ward to White House (he recently covered the Steele race and moved to the Hill a few months ago).
Stephen Dinan to be lead political correspondent. He’ll move off the White House and become a political reporter, covering both GOP and Democratic presidential candidates.
Joe Curl remains senior WH correspondent, and will soon begin coverage on the 2008 GOP candidates, in addition to WH coverage.