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Boston Globe Staffers Throw Sad Pay Cut Potluck Party

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Members of the Boston newspaper guild at the beleaguered Boston Globe were given a 23 percent pay cut this week, so the they’re hosting a “Farewell to Fair Wages” barbecue tomorrow afternoon as the cut takes effect. The event will take place in a reporter’s back yard in Milton, Mass. just outside of Boston. It will be a typical suburban shindig where guests can drown their sorrows in “pot luck fare, a kiddie pool, a keg of beer…and hot dogs.” There will also be a bluegrass band. If you were looking for a single anecdote to illustrate the sad collapse of print media, this is it.

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Members of the Boston newspaper guild at the beleaguered Boston Globe were given a 23 percent pay cut this week, so the they’re hosting a “Farewell to Fair Wages” barbecue tomorrow afternoon as the cut takes effect. The event will take place in a reporter’s back yard in Milton, Mass. just outside of Boston. It will be a typical suburban shindig where guests can drown their sorrows in “pot luck fare, a kiddie pool, a keg of beer…and hot dogs.” There will also be a bluegrass band. If you were looking for a single anecdote to illustrate the sad collapse of print media, this is it.

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Businessmen With Boston Roots Come To Globe‘s Rescue

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spoke out in support of the New York Times Co.‘s decision to seek a buyer for the Boston paper. But we wondered: who would step up to buy the Globe — and possibly save it from extinction?

Today, the Globe reports that three businessmen, all with Boston roots, have stepped up as potential buyers. The Globe‘s sources revealed that those deciding whether to buy the newspaper are Boston Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca; Jack Connors, chairman of Partners HealthCare; and Stephen Taylor, a former executive at the Globe and member of the family that sold the paper to the Times Co. in 1993. The three men are still in the initial stages of inquiry and it’s unclear whether they will eventually make formal bids.

Despite the promise of a potential buyer, the dispute between the Globe‘s staff and the paper’s owner continues. On Monday, the guild, the Globe‘s largest union, voted down concessions offered by the Times Co. As a result, the Times Co. promised 23 percent wage cuts across the board. The Globe has since filed a grievance against the company with the National Labor Relations Board and both sides are set to meet on Monday to hopefully reach a deal that will give the Times Co. the cutbacks it needs without the drastic wage cuts.

It still remains to be seen if the labor dispute will deter potential buyers. Even the Globe speculated today that a buyer might wait until the storm blows over before taking on the paper. If that’s the case, let’s hope it gets resolved quickly so to the Globe can be passed along to an owner that is invested in its survival and can keep it alive.

Earlier: The Boston Globe Might Be For Sale As Tense Labor Talks Continue

Menu: FisbowlNY’s Amanda Ernst Talks NY Media News

mmm_2-3.gifOn today’s medabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst joined TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer to talk about the week in New York media.

Both Amanda and Steve attended Tuesday’s Mirror Awards, so they discussed stand out moments from the event, including speeches by Arianna Huffington and Norah Ephron, and the man they both dated. (What is it about billionaires?)

Also discussed: the Boston Globe saga, our meeting with USA TODAY‘s new publisher David Hunke yesterday and some opinions about Joy Behar‘s new show on HLN and last night’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

The Boston Globe May Be For Sale As Tense Labor Talks Continue

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Boston Newspaper Guild president Dan Totten responded on Tuesday evening after the New York Times Company, which owns the Boston Globe, announced a 23 percent pay cut for Guild members at the struggling newspaper. In addition to trying to cut costs, the Times Company may also be seeking to sell the Globe, which posted a $50 million operating loss last year and is poised to lose another $85 million in 2009. According to an article published in the Globe, two sources who are interested in buying the paper say the NYTCO has hired Goldman Sachs to review offers for the Globe. Cutting costs at the paper would help relieve financial pressures at the Times Company, which recently reported losses of $74.5 million for the first quarter of this year and could also make the the Globe more attractive to prospective buyers. Last month, the Times Company threatened to close the Boston Globe unless the paper’s unions agreed to $20 million in cuts.

The pay cut came after the Guild, which is the largest union at the Globe, voted on Monday to reject $10 million in budget cuts proposed by the Times Company by a narrow margin of 277 to 265. The Globe has released a statement saying management is disappointed that the Guild rejected their original proposal, which would have led to and 8.3 percent wage cut and elimination of lifetime job guarantees for about 190 Guild members. The plan called for Guild members who lose their lifetime guarantees to receive a $33,000 payment and severance if they are laid off. Guarantees have been a major sticking point throughout the month of talks between the Globe’s management and unions. The Boston Newspaper Guild also released a petition calling for the NYTCO to “to negotiate in good faith and agree to third-party mediation.” Reportedly, potential buyers for the Globe won’t be submitting bids until the Guild situation is resolved– and that could take quite some time.

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FishbowlDC: Washington Post editors warned staffers about an upcoming newsroom revamp. The best line from the memo? “In the meantime, you may want to start packing up or winnowing files so you’re ready to go with a few weeks’ notice.”

WebNewser: “Jon & Kate + 8″ is a ratings hit and an online sensation. Its Web site drew a 12.6 percent share of all cable TV websites last week – almost three times as much as the second most popular site.

TVNewser: WebNewser blogger Steve Krakauer isn’t the only Mediabistro blogger getting involved with reality TV. FishbowlDC’s Christine Delargy and Matt Dornic may be the subject of a reality show on Bravo. (Also vote for Steve!)

Beat the Press: Newsroom emails reveal serious tension in the Boston Globe newsroom.

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TVNewser: Fox & Friends had a special guest host today: Miss California Carrie Prejean. Donald Trump predicted we’ll be seeing more of her on Fox.

FishbowlDC: Freed Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi will give her first post-prison interview to NPR tomorrow.

AgencySpy: Another example of magazines looking for ad dollars wherever they can get it: TVGuide.com uses logo for ad space.

Boston.com: Two Boston Globe unions ratified cost-cutting contracts last night, keeping the paper alive for the moment. (And check out the link for a touching video featuring Globe pressmen.)

The Observer: The Observer named staffer Tom McGeveran interim editor, taking over for Peter Kaplan, who is departing to join Conde Nast Traveler. Kaplan cheered McGeveran’s appointment, saying “he is tomorrow’s journalist because he is someone who knows how to merge print and electronic.”

Layoffs At Papers In San Francisco and San Diego|Recession Chic At WHCD|Times May Still End Up In Ch. 11|Boston Globe Union Debates Concessions|Google Advertises Chrome

MediaJobsDaily: Layoffs at the San Francisco Chronicle and San Diego Union-Tribune.

FishbowlDC: A preview of the “recession chic” fashions of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner tomorrow night

Silicon Alley Insider: Bankruptcy is still a possibility for the Gray Lady

Huffington Post: Boston Globe‘s union held a meeting yesterday to debate a concession plan proposed by the paper’s owner, The New York Times Co. A vote is expected next month

paidContent: Google advertises its Chrome browser on YouTube

EW.com, WSJ.com Take Top Prizes At EPpy Awards

eppy.pngEditor & Publisher and Mediaweek presented their 14th consecutive EPpy Awards today in at the Interactive Newspaper Conference and Trade Show in New Orleans, honoring “the best Web sites in the media world.”

The beleaguered Boston Globe, The Las Vegas Sun, CNN and ESPN all took home two awards each. The Globe, which was a finalist for five awards, was awarded Best Sports Blog, for sportswriter Tony Massarotti‘s blog “Mazz,” and two Boston.com sites, Boston.com/ThingsToDo and and Boston.com/ae (Arts & Entertainment) tied for Best Entertainment Web site (with more than one million unique monthly visitors).

The Sun won in the Best Newspaper-Affiliated Web site with fewer than one million unique monthly visitors and Best Web Special Feature — News or Event with fewer than one million unique monthly visitors categories.

But the big prize for Best Newspaper-Affiliated Web site with more than one million unique monthly visitors went to The Wall Street Journal‘s site, WSJ.com. And another New York-based pub, Entertainment Weekly, nabbed the award for Best National Magazine-Affiliated Web site.

A full list of winners after the jump

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Today on the Menu: Can The Kindle Save Newspapers?

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu, we look at the newspaper industry.

The New York Times Co. works out a deal early this morning with Boston Globe‘s biggest union — signaling the paper may be save. Is this a victory for the newspaper industry?

And how about the Kindle — can the introduction of its third incarnation continue saving newspapers, one paid subscription at a time? Also, it looks like the Kindle may be headed toward a hardware competition: with News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Someone at The New York Times Steals Jennifer 8. Lee’s Vodka

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We knew times were tough at The New York Times but we didn’t realize they were “stealing vodka” tough. We’d hate to see what the kids at the Boston Globe will resort to.

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