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Bill Hoffman Leaves Page Six

P6 masthead.pngAfter reporting on the newest hire at New York Post gossip column Page Six last week, The Wrap and Gawker noticed yesterday that longtime contributor Bill Hoffman has been taken off the column’s masthead (at left).

Hoffman joined Page Six in June 2006 from the Post‘s city desk, filling the spot vacated by Jared Paul Stern after Stern became involved in a scandal with billionaire Ron Burkle.

At the time, Stern told FishbowlNY: “Bill’s a nice guy. And he’s been writing about stupid celebrities and sparring with publicists for years.”

As for why Hoffman decided to leave his post after more than three years, one insider told Gawker, “Hoffman, who’s in his 50s, may have just outgrown caring about the celebrity detritus that made up his beat on P6.”

Last week news broke that Life & Style Weekly editor Emily Smith had been tapped to replace Paula Froelich as Page Six’s deputy editor.

Earlier: Emily Smith Leaves Life & Style For Page Six

Time Inc. in Price Hike Showdown With Burkle Company

pe_2termmicro0109_peoplecover_205x273.jpgUnlike, say, Conde Nast — who amidst the outcry over the closure of Domino may be wishing very much they had invested in their web properties prior to “seeing the religion” as a result of the financial collapse — Time Inc., as we mentioned yesterday, is doing fairly well online. They also have a whole batter of magazines that continue to sell — People is the nation’s top newsweekly. So plenty of folks in the media world had their eyes on how Time Inc. would react to Ron Burkle‘s Source Interlink’s decision to put a seven cent per-copy surcharge on all publications it delivers to retailers beginning next week! Turns out Time Inc. isn’t having it.

“Time Inc. has basically told Source to drop dead,” said one industry veteran… “I don’t think copies will be shipped next week,” said one publishing executive. “It is kind of like a labor dispute. There will be blood.”

Magazine people, reeling from the recession, are unsympathetic to the plight of the wholesalers, claiming they got into this mess by aggressively trying to gain market share in the distribution business.

Of course, as Liz Claman pointed out on this morning’s Menu, there is plenty of negotiating room to be found between seven cents and zero.

Keep Your Friends Close and the National Enquirer Closer

010726_Enquirer_Bill.jpgIf Howard Wolfson is to be believed Hillary Clinton lost the nomination to Barack Obama because the press didn’t uncover the John Edwards love child story in time for all those Edwards votes to go to her. Regrets, we’ve had a few, etc. It’s a rather shaky theory especially considering that most of the Edwards voters went to Obama after he dropped out of the race. However! According to the Palm Beach Post the National Enquirer may have been doing all they could to help out Hillary (as some sort of weird retribution for all those philandering Bill stories back in ’92 maybe?).

An item in today’s Post says that “the troops at the Enquirer were instructed not to do any anti-Hillary Clinton stories during the campaign.” Really? One could argue there weren’t a lot of skeletons to be further flushed out of Hillary’s closet (Bill may be a different story) but the Post speculates that two Clinton chums — Clinton numbers man Roger Altman, who “poured $767 million” into NE‘s parent company AMI back in 1999, and the infamous Ron Burkle, who was tried to buy AMI last year — may have had more to do with it. Sometimes you get what you need.

Yahoo Does the Hanging Chad, Yang Actually Not So Popular

florida_hanging_chad_recount.jpgRumors have been swirling since last week’s Yahoo shareholder’s meeting that the voting results from the August 1 election of its board of directors did not quite add up (suspicion arose when Yahoo head Jerry Yang‘s numbers were higher than last year’s). Turns out where there’s smoke there’s fire.

Yahoo has announced that the company it hired to do the counting made a mistake, seems Yang and three other board members including Yahoo chairman Roy Bostock, director Ron Burkle and Arthur Kern are significantly less poplular than they’d been led to believe. In fact 33% of the members withheld their vote for Yang out of protest (this is more than double what was originally reported). No word yet on how the mistake was made.

Tina Daunt: Lifestyles of the Rich, Famous and Politically Active

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We don’t like to think of Tina Daunt as a society columnist. She does so much more than just report the latest bon mots of sauced rich white people.

But, we guess, nobody gets a cool gig like hers without having to put in some time doing the expected tales of ostentatious wealth and envy-inducing real estate porn.

So we forgive her for this piece in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times Magazine which offers every last rich detail of the opulent estates of Ron Burkle, Rob Reiner, Norman Lear, Arianna Huffington, Bruce Cohen and Haim Saban.

Our favorite bit of dish comes in the Saban section:

A clear all-weather tent–lighted by chandeliers–is used as a central gathering spot behind the main house. But guests beware: The invitation should come with a Thomas Guide. You’ll find the exit after the watermill, the fountains and the topiary animals on the lawn.

She failed to mention whether the topiaries resembled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Clintons Head Back to Hollywood

clintons.jpegHollywood is bringing out a few heavyweights to help the Hillary Clinton presidential bid – and her husband is on board as well. Steve Bing, Scott Budnick, Ron Burkle, Michael Kives, David O’Connor and Lona Williams are hosting a reception with former President Bill Clinton on Sept. 18 at the Brentwood digs of O’Connor and Williams. An 8 p.m. VIP cocktail soiree is planned to go 30 minutes followed by the main reception immediately after. The difference between both comes down to price: it’s $250 (limited availability) or $500 a person for the main reception and $2,300 a head for the early VIP toast. It is open to the public so if you’re interested in schmoozing the Clintons and some CAA agents while contributing to Hilary’s campaign fund, click here.
- CHRIS GARDNER

WSJ Sale Update: Does Philly Have A Shot?

murdoch_060407.jpgOver at CNNMoney, Paul R. LaMonica is calling the sale of the Wall Street Journal the lamest bidding war ever, and we can’t blame him. As previously mentioned, NBC and Microsoft passed on a joint bid for Dow Jones. However, there’s still WSJ union favorite Ron Burkle and Philadelphia Inquirer owner Brian Tierney.

But does the Philadelphia newspaper owner really have a shot at one of the biggest media properties in the country? In the Washington Post, the gossip columnist for one of Tierney’s papers gave an unequivocal (and bitter) no:

“I’m tickled pink that Tierney has apparently found a mother lode of money coming from [the two newspapers] and I look forward to him sharing it with his employees,” Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky said yesterday. “I look forward to him welcoming back 75 people who lost their jobs because he said he couldn’t afford to keep them. I’m looking forward to our pension being restored now that he’s got enough money to be throwing at the Wall Street Journal. I’m looking forward to having our sick pay restored now that we know he’s so flush.”

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Ron Burkle Joins Union Exploring Alternatives To Rupe’s WSJ Bid

ron_burkle_head_sm.jpgWSJ:

Ron Burkle‘s investment firm Yucaipa Companies LLC and another investor have joined up with the union representing Dow Jones’s employees to help come up with alternatives to News Corp.’s bid for Dow Jones.

Unusual, but not surprising, considering the former’s adversarial relationship with the latter.

The other investor? Warren Buffett. Says the union’s release: “The Independent Association of Publishers’ Employees (IAPE), the union that represents more than 2,000 employees of Dow Jones & Company, and Ownership Associates, the advisor retained by IAPE, The Newspaper Guild and the Communications Workers of America, have reached out to Mr. Warren Buffett and the investment group The Yucaipa Companies in Los Angeles, led by Mr. Ronald Burkle, to explore alternatives to News Corp.’s bid for Dow Jones & Company.”

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  • Finally: Jared Paul Stern Sues Billionaire Ron Burkle — Bill & Hillary Too
  • Jared Paul Stern Wants Post Job Back

    jared_paul_stern_sm.jpgToday’s Page Six slammed its former scribes Jared Paul Stern and Ian Spiegelman after alleging that Stern was threatening to sue the Post and make public a four-page list of “lies and smears” aimed at his former colleagues.

    Post editor Col Allan said the paper, “as a matter of principle, wouldn’t pay even one cent to the litigious Stern,” although it’s unclear whether or not Stern was seeking money.

    We asked Stern — who filed a lawsuit against Ron Burkle and Bill and Hillary Clinton earlier this year — what, in fact, he was seeking. It appears Stern wants the Post to reinstate him after federal prosecutors did not charge him with the extortion of Burkle.

    Here’s his response via e-mail:

    The statement they issued originally was that I’d been “suspended pending the outcome of the investigation,” so we asked that I be re-instated when I was exonerated. This is yet another of their desperate attempts at a pre-emptive attack where they just end up shooting themselves in the foot.

    We’ve been asking that they make good on their promise and re-instate me as Books editor, editor of the Page Six magazine and Page Six contributor since I was exonerated.

    Ian’s statement was provided merely to demonstrate that the Post’s claims that I was some kind of “abberation” or “rogue” (their exact words) who violated company policy were not true and held me in a false light. We were only interested in coming to an amicable resolution.

    FishbowlNY’s Selected Coverage of the Jared Paul Stern Case:

  • Finally: Jared Paul Stern Sues Billionaire Ron Burkle — Bill & Hillary Too
  • No Charges For Jared Paul Stern In Burklegate
  • Burkle Divorce Docs Reveal Allegations of Sex, Lies & Videotapes
  • Times Issues Jared Paul Stern Correction; Jared Paul Stern Issues Memo To Times
  • Jared Paul Stern, 3 Others Out at Page Six
  • Jared Paul Stern: The FishbowlNY Interview
  • BREAKING: Jared Paul Stern to Guest-Edit Gawker
  • Exclusive: Jared Paul Stern’s First Video Interview Since Page Six Scandal
  • Jared Paul Stern on Jared Paul Stern
  • Daily News Prints Stern’s Tad More Measured Comments
  • Primedia Sells Gun Dog, Enthusiast Mags For $1.2B To Ron Burkle-Owned Co.

    superstang_primedia.jpgBreaking: Primedia, the once-powerful niche magazine publisher on Fifth Avenue, has agreed to sell its 70-plus enthusiast magazines — with names like Hot Rod Bike-Works, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords and Practical Horseman — to Source Interlink for about $1.2 billion in an all-cash deal. It would appear to end well for Primedia, which had been reportedly seeking $1 billion for the group from a handful of bidders, including Bono‘s Elevation Partners.

    Source Interlink is owned by Yucaipa Cos., a supermarket-holding company owned by billionaire businessman-cum-Jared Paul Stern lawsuit target Ron Burkle.

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  • Primedia’s Price Tag: $1 Billion?
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