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Daily Variety Dumps Editor

Leo Wolinsky has been let go as editor of the Daily Variety after only 10 months on the job. Before coming to Variety, he worked at the LA Times for over three decades. The hiring of Wolinsky by the struggling Hollywood trade was seen as an effort to bring a hard news credibility … Oh, who are we kidding. Nikki Finke‘s version of the Wolinsky tale is so much more interesting than our own:

As I wrote back on December 8th, why in the world would that newspaper’s errand boy be named editor of Daily Variety (both the LA and NY editions) because the guy knew nothing about the entertainment biz… He was long considered a joke at the LA Times and infamous for secretly helping wrangle billionaire potential local backers like Eli Broad, Ron Burkle, Richard Riordan, and David Geffen when then bigwig editors were fighting with Tribune Co. (Finke/LA Weekly: Baquet’s Billionaire Boys Club). He briefly sat atop the LA Times‘ entertainment and feature sections as a seat-filler until he was let go. Nevertheless, Wolinsky was made responsible for all Variety editorial content for the print edition and began January 2010 reporting to Variety Group editor Tim Gray.

If memory serves, that LA Weekly story of Nikki’s won an award or two.

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USA TODAY: Daily Variety columnist Army Archerd has died at age 87.

Deadline Hollywood: CBS tried to bribe Nikki Finke into writing about upcoming show “The Good Wife” with a $20 Amazon gift card. She said — in so many words — no thanks.

New York Times: A survey of 8,000 readers has revealed that The New York Times and The New Yorker are the most read newspaper and magazine on the subway. Can that really be true or do New Yorkers like to sound more intellectual when answering survey questions?

The Observer: Just after The New Yorker brought on a 26-year-old managing editor, The Daily Beast has hired 24-year-old Lucas Wittmann as its books editor.

Mediaite: Jimmy Fallon squashes the beef between Keith Olbermann and Glenn Beck in six minutes flat.

Variety.com Launches Digital Variety — It’s Like Paper, Without The Paper

vlf070201.jpgTaking a page from, oh, every newspaper in the country, Variety today announced it is launching Digital Variety, “an online reproduction of Daily Variety.” And it’s doing it for free — so long as you’re already a subscriber to the paper mag.

According to Variety:

Web users can turn electronic “pages” and see a version of the layout of each page in the Daily edition — where stories, reviews, charts and columns are placed, how the headlines read and how ads are laid out.

Variety has also changed the pay structure on the Web — by eliminating it. There is no longer a paywall on Variety’s online content: Every story, article or item is available for free.