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Posts Tagged ‘Lloyd Grove’

Liz Smith’s Long Goodbye: ‘I Will Go Bravely On!’

img-bs-top---grove-liz-smith_175110661627.jpgToday is Liz Smith‘s last column at the New York Post. Even if you are not the most regular reader is does seem like just one more sign that newspapers as we know them are not long for this world. Also, somewhat amazing is the fact that she received the news from editor Col Allan (in a letter!) more than two weeks ago, and it was only made public this week. Apparently, the woman knows how to keep a secret when need be! Anyway, Smith is over at The Daily Beast talking with fellow former gossiper extraordinaire Lloyd Grove about her abrupt departure — oh to have been a fly on the wall for this conversation! Here’s a taste:

Lloyd: Now Col sent you a letter. Did he ever tell you anything in person about this?

Liz: No, no one has spoken to me. At the end of January I wrote a letter to Rupert because Col Allan hasn’t spoken to me in a year, so I said I was anxious to re-sign and wanted to go on working and hoped to die with my boots on at my desk and all that stuff. And Rupert didn’t answer. And then Col sent me a very nice letter saying he was sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, and they had economic difficulties, et cetera, and they were not renewing my contract. So I’ve never talked to anybody there.

But I will go bravely on, move on more fully to the wowowow.com and keep up writing the column every day to the Tribune Syndicate, and keep writing for Variety twice a week.

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What Surprised Michael Wolff Most About Rupert Murdoch May Also Surprise You!

100_3532.jpgThe party for Michael Wolff‘s much ballyhooed official Rupert Murdoch biography The Man Who Owns the News was held last night at the stunning penthouse of Milk Studios on the West Side and, not surprisingly, attracted a whole slew of media big wigs (every style of horn-rimmed glasses appeared to be present — said one party-goer on knowing the room was packed with famous names but not recognizing the faces: “I wish there was an iPhone app for that.”). Sadly Rupe himself was noticeably absent. Turns out the last-minute party date switcheroo from Monday night to Tuesday was just…a mistake, and not actually a scheduling conflict with Wendi Murdoch’s 40th birthday party.

100_3535.jpgWe eventually caught up with Wolff — the man knows how to work a room! — and asked him what, in the course of writing the book, had most surprised him about Rupert Murdoch?

That he takes an enema before a long-haul flight.

There you have it! To file in your TMI folder. We also managed to chat with Christie Hefner for a few minutes (full disclosure: we have written for Playboy) about her decision to step down as CEO from Playboy Enterprises.(Above: Michael Wolff; Right: Dan Abrams and David Zinczenko)

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The Future of Newspapers: Gazing into the Crystal Kindle Ball

weymouth-katharine-port-printplant-large.jpgWell it looks like at least one person is keeping a positive outlook on the future of newspapers. She even seems to have some “ideas.” Who is this crazy Pollyanna? Well that would be new WaPo publisher Katharine Weymouth (she was recently profiled by Lloyd Grove for Portfolio) who appeared rather upbeat when she spoke with On the Media the other day about the future of the industry. Here’s some of what she had to say.

I guess I think there’s a lot of hope, right? I mean, you know, 600 odd thousand people every single day buy our paper, and that’s the actual physical copy.

We have 9 million unique visitors every month on the Web. You know, my daughter, who’s eight, is reading books on the Kindle. And I went on vacation a week ago and I took the Kindle with me, because I couldn’t get the Washington Post, and I read the Washington Post every day on the Kindle.

I mean, I think the world is changing. But we’ve seen movies go through this, we’re seeing music go through this. Other industries have evolved and survived to see another day, and I think we will be one of them.

Daily News Flack Wants You To Want Widdicombe

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The Daily News is putting a p.r. push behind the heir to Lloyd Grove‘s gossip throne, Ben Widdicombe, whose Gatecrasher columns have gone daily. We like to think of Widdicombe as the Owen Wilson to our Luke, at least on the media party circuit. This well-meaning Daily News flack apparently agrees:

From: [FLACK REDACTED]
To: dylan@mediabistro.com
CC:
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 16:56:34-0500
Subject: DAILY NEWS: Ben Widdicombe’s Gatecrasher hits the stands Sundays through Thursdays

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The Daily News is putting a p.r. push behind the heir to Lloyd Grove‘s gossip throne, Ben Widdicombe, whose Gatecrasher columns have gone daily. We like to think of Widdicombe as the Owen Wilson to our Luke, at least on the media party circuit. This well-meaning Daily News flack apparently agrees:

From: [FLACK REDACTED]
To: dylan@mediabistro.com
CC:
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 16:56:34-0500
Subject: DAILY NEWS: Ben Widdicombe’s Gatecrasher hits the stands Sundays through Thursdays

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For those of you not familiar with our columnist, Ben Widdicombe, or his good news here is the latest. Please consider booking him for your show. He is witty, charming, funny …

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