Earlier 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.