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An EIC Promotion That Was a Long Time Coming

JohnLaposkyPicAll good things come to those who wait. And wait. And… wait.

When John Laposky joined This Week in Consumer Electronics as managing editor, the consumer electronics horizon did not yet include the iPhone and high-definition TV. The year was 1995, and now, roughly 936 weeks later, Laposky has graduated to editor-in-chief.

From today’s announcement:

Laposky takes over the position from Steve Smith, who transitioned to editor-at-large at the end of July.

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Penton Media Sells Off Trade Magazines To NewBay Media

Penton Media streamlined their catalog of audio-themed titles by selling four of their trade magazines to NewBay Media yesterday.  The New York-based B2B media company said goodbye to Mix, Electronic Musician, Radio, and Sound & Video Contractor.  NewBay also purchased the website DigitalContentProducer.com from Penton.

NewBay has made a habit of buying up trade publications in recent years.  In December 2009, the company acquired Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News from Reed Business Information.

Layoffs Hit Newly Acquired Multichannel News

multichannel.jpgTwo weeks after NewBay Media CEO Steve Palm told us he was looking to hire, not fire, staffers from his newly acquired magazines, we have heard of layoffs at Multichannel News.

A tipster tells FishbowlNY that at least two people were let go yesterday from the cable industry trade publication: executive editor George Vernadakis and design director Maria Hernandez. And where there are layoffs at one pub, there are likely to be at the other titles acquired by NewBay, Broadcasting & Cable and TWICE.

If you have any information, send us an email or leave a tip in the box at right.

Following up on our interview earlier this month, we reached out to Palm for comment on the layoff news. He has not yet responded to our request. Update: A NewBay spokesperson sent us a statement, confirming layoffs at all three pubs:

“Working with the managers of the acquired brands, it was determined that several positions overlapped with positions already existing within NewBay. Due to this redundancy and cost considerations, a small number of B&C, Multichannel News, and TWICE employees will not make the transition. For those team members affected by this decision, we thank them for their efforts on behalf of TWICE, B&C and Multichannel. These are talented individuals who we wish the best. As previously announced, NewBay continues to actively seek candidates for our online, finance, and circulation departments as a result of the acquisition.”

We’ll update you as the story develops.

Previously: NewBay Media CEO Steve Palm On New Acquisitions: We’re Looking To Hire, Not Fire Staffers

NewBay Media CEO Steve Palm On New Acquisitions: We’re Looking To Hire, Not Fire Staffers

Steve_Palm.jpgEarlier this week, we learned that publisher NewBay Media had picked up three trade titles from Reed Business Information, Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TWICE, for an undisclosed amount.

When any publication is sold, the obvious questions surface. Namely, what will happen to the staff? (Just one look at the bloobath at post-Bloomberg BusinessWeek can tip you off to the type of gutting that can occur after a sale.) One tipster told us the staff of the three sold titles would learn their fates by the end of the year. But we had a chance to speak with NewBay’s CEO, Steve Palm (left), who told us that immediate cuts were not expected.

“These titles are complementary to our existing business and we respect and admire the brands and the team that have built these brands and are continuing to work on them,” Palm said. “Our short-term plan is that the team is going to remain where they are right now. We’ve worked in agreement with Reed so that they’ll continue to work out of their existing offices until the end of February and then in March we will locate them in a facility that we’re currently exploring specific locations. In terms of the staff, we’re pleased with where we are at and we see it as complementary. We continue to work with the managers to ensure that we’ve got what we need.”

And as for those rumors about employees getting offers from NewBay by the end of the year? Palm says there are contractual issues that need to be ironed out soon, so staffers will be getting letters “formalizing” their relationship with their new employer.

What’s more, in response to questions about cutting down staff, Palm emphasized the fact that the company may actually be looking to hire as it transitions its new titles into the company.

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RBI Sells Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TWICE

B&C.jpgReed Business Information has sold three of its business-to-business publications, Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TWICE to NewBay Media, the publisher of broadcasting b-to-b titles like Television Broadcast and Radio World and an affiliate of private equity firm the Wicks Group.

“With this acquisition NewBay adds significant depth and breadth to its existing portfolio of broadcast properties, including TV Technology and Television Broadcast, and consumer electronic properties, including Residential Systems,” said NewBay CEO Steve Palm in a statement about the deal.

According to a memo sent to staff today by RBI’s CEO John Poulin, obtained by FBNY, staffers at the publications “will remain at RBI as we work with NewBay Media to complete the transition,” although their future at NewBay seems uncertain. A NewBay spokesman told FishbowlNY that he was unaware of the future plans for the brands and their staffs, but a tipster tells us the company will offer jobs to the employees they want to keep by the end of the year. (Know anything? Send us an email or leave a tip in the box on the right.)

Poulin also said the company was continuing to work on finding new homes for the other RBI brands — including Publishers Weekly and Library Journal — that the company has been looking to sell since the summer.

In July, RBI Global CEO Keith Jones revealed that the company was putting nearly 50 of the company’s publications on the block. “We have decided to focus our efforts and investments on a narrower range of brands and markets,” Jones said at the time.

Full memo after the jump

Previously: Breaking: Reed Elsevier To Sell Part Of U.S. Business

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