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Enquiring Minds Want to Know (if They’re Getting Fired)

The NYT Business section covers new imported-from-Britain editor Paul Field’s efforts to expand and retool the The National Enquirer. Apparently what this means is that heads may roll, particularly in the LA office:

The ever important Los Angeles office, with its roster of old-school reporters who have a web of paid and unpaid tipsters among the maids, drivers and bodyguards of the famous, remains substantially intact, for the moment.

“I was on a conference call with the L.A. office this morning, and there has been quite a bit of speculation over what was going to happen to them,” [Field] said. “And I told them they had nothing to worry about, as long as they perform to the standards I have set out. If they don’t, then they are dispensable. Before my regime, what they got was good enough, but not any more. I am not going to pay somebody $75,000 a year if they don’t make the grade.”

Wow. It’s hard to imagine many American editors being that blunt. ‘Dispensible’? He sounds like a B-movie villain. Good luck over there, guys. To any tipsters who get canned, feel free to deposit your tips here.

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