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Posts Tagged ‘Thomas P. McDevitt’

TWT Extends ‘Evil Santa’s’ Contract

TWT will keep its President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Beasley (a.k.a. “Evil Santa”) in charge at least until the end of 2015, a new release from the troubled newspaper blares this morning.

This, despite a slew of newsroom layoffs at the beginning of the year.

“Larry has overseen a remarkable transformation of The Washington Times in just nine short months, restructuring key divisions, growing revenues and audience and positioning the company to reach profitability ,” gushed Dr. Michael Jenkins, the head of the Times’ parent corporation, in a release. “His stewardship has ushered in a new era of confidence and growth at the news media company on the basis of more than 30 years of service to our audiences and advertisers. We are very pleased to have him committed to our team for the foreseeable future.”

Beasley was dubbed “Evil Santa” late last year when news of layoffs surfaced around the holidays. In addition, a day after impending layoffs was announced last year, a Santa with the word “JOY” was spotted on an end table in his office. And indeed on Jan. 4, 2013, approximately 25 employees were laid off.

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The All New (Well, Partly) Washington Times

Washington Business Journal writes today about the new (ish!) and improved (time will tell?) Washington Times.

The Times relaunched today “after more than a year of turmoil that included top management changes, job cuts and elimination of much of its coverage” the Journal reports. Back from the dead: the sports section and the paper’s home delivery service, which costs $65 a year. The paper now costs 50 cents at newsstands (it used to be $1) and an expanded website will someday come into existence, though the paper didn’t specify when.

Chairman Douglas D.M. Joo said in a statement: “The Washington Times will stay a reliable voice in Washington. There is still much work to be done.”

TWT‘s Jennifer Harper has her own story on the relaunch. She quotes the paper’s president, Thomas P. McDevitt: “Everyone who lives in our nation’s capital region deserves vibrant and intelligent debate on the critical issues we face today expressed through news and opinion that earns the trust of our readers.”

Harper describes the paper’s new organization: the A section will feature hard news and investigative reporting on world and national politics and business. The paper will also contain a stand-alone Commentary section, a Sports section complete with comics and a crossword puzzle, and a Life section with arts and culture coverage.

TWT Management to Discuss Exec. Overthrow at 10AM

Sources inside The Washington Times say that the paper’s management team has been called together for a 10 am meeting to discuss the Moon brother’s surprise overthrow of three top executives.

President and publisher Thomas P. McDevitt, CFO Keith Cooperrider and Chairman Dong Moon Joo are all out according to a press release that TWT issued this morning. The release also names Jonathan Slevin as acting president and publisher.

Rumors are swirling that Executive Editor John Solomon who’s been in his position since January of 2008 may resign as a result of the shakeup. In my humble opinion, that would be mean huge trouble for the Times and a blow to morale that I’m not certain the newsroom could handle.

According to our sources, TWT staff has not been briefed nor received any information regarding the changes or implications of the shakeup.

Amberg Leaving WaTimes

From an internal memo, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    Dear Colleagues,

    Dick Amberg will be leaving The Washington Times at the end of October after a decade of distinguished service, most recently as our General Manager and Associate Publisher. Dick has been an outstanding leader, colleague and friend to so many of us here and was instrumental in many of the exciting changes we have implemented over the last 18 months. I know you’ll join me in wishing him the very best in his new endeavors.

    As part of our continuing effort to streamline the newspaper’s operations, I’ve asked Keith Cooperrider, Chief Financial Officer, to take over Dick’s responsibilities overseeing Facilities and Production. And Frank Grow, Vice President for Strategic Development, will assume overall responsibility for Circulation. That means Mark Frankowski, Director of Facilities and Dave Coleman, Director of Production will both report to Keith while Art Farber, Director of Circulation, will now report to Frank.

    Dick will remain with us at least until October 31, 2008 to oversee and assist in this transition.

    Dick joined The Washington Times in early 1999 after more than 20 years of distinguished executive service in the newspaper industry. During most of his tenure at the Times, he presided over all business areas of our company and represented the newspaper throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. His loyal dedication to the success of The Washington Times and willingness to always go beyond the call of duty will be deeply missed.


    Thomas P. McDevitt

    President and Publisher

Big Changes At Washington Times

The following memorandum was sent to Washington Times employees yesterday:

    Douglas D.M. Joo has been appointed corporate chairman of The Washington Times LLC and Thomas P. McDevitt will succeed him as president of the newspaper, the company announced today. Mr. McDevitt, a member of the board and former marketing director of The Washington Times, is senior vice president of the Points of Light Foundation.

    The Washington Times’ brand strength and influence has grown both domestically and internationally, creating both needs and opportunities in the fields of public relations and diplomacy. To incorporate these roles, The Washington Times LLC board decided to fill the vacant position of corporate chairman and asked Mr. Joo to take on this new role.

    Mr. Joo joined The Washington Times Corporation in 1991 as vice president, next year becoming president and de facto publisher. Over the next 15 years he set the company on a course intended to establish economic viability, including launching the National Weekly Edition of The Times, numerous sister publications such as Tiempos del Mundo, and the AmericanLife cable TV station. He also launched, which last year was ranked as the fastest growing website among all U.S. dailies in the 25-34 age group, according to the NAA’s publication, PressTime.

    He initiated a vigorous community relations program and pursued alternative revenue sources such as creating Citizens Forums, supporting volunteerism programs, providing company tours and education aids such as COW (Curriculum on Wheels) for students, and sponsoring the Capitals. Internationally he started overseas electronic editions and reports from foreign countries, and locally he created the Neighborhood Direct advertising program.

    Mr. Joo served as chairman and CEO of UPI for some years while president of The Washington Times. He also is chairman of the nonprofit American Family Coalition and president of the World Media Association and the Washington Times Foundation.

    While the Chairman now pursues outreach activities and provides general oversight, the President will focus on the day-to-day operations and implementation of long-term strategies to achieve profitability.

    Mr. McDevitt will take over as president effective March 5.

    Mr. McDevitt’s business and strategic experience is well suited for this responsibility. He started at The Times in 1994 as business director, guiding the National Weekly Edition to more than 100,000 paid circulation in just three years by developing national market segments of new readers. He served as general manager of our former Magazine Division and further developed his strategic marketing and management skills in the intensely competitive magazine industry. As The Times’ marketing director, Mr. McDevitt oversaw our brand strategy, launched the community relations program, supervised engagement with readership behavior-based market research, and enriched market research and mapping capability. He served as special assistant to the president as well as vice president and handled a wide range of corporate and public relations initiatives.

    In October 2005 he went to the Points of Light Foundation as vice president of marketing and communications and 11 months later was promoted to senior vice president.

    As a board member of The Washington Times LLC, he was asked to take responsibility as chairman of the 25th anniversary committee. The newspaper’s 25th anniversary is May 17.