Disney's former chairman to take over Tribune?
about this a few days ago, but haven't yet addressed it on the site. It really doesn't have anything to do with theme parks, but since it involves one of the bigger names from the Walt Disney Company's history, I thought it worth mentioning here.
It looks like former Disney chairman and CEO Michael Eisner is set to become the next chairman of the Tribune Company, the (now bankrupt) publisher of the Los Angeles Times and Orlando Sentinel, among other newspapers. Tribune also owns 23 TV stations and has a stake in several websites and the Food Network.
I'm so conflicted on this story that I really don't know what to say, having worked and consulted for several Tribune properties, and worked for Disney during Eisner's time there.
So I'll punt this one to you, instead. What do you think?
I fumbled the punt. You retrieved the fumble. Please give us your opinion.
I can't comment on the whole Tribune thing as being an Englishman, (albeit now living in wales!), I don't really understand the ins and outs of the companies involved.
He's baaaaaaack ...
So why are there so many newspapers failing or declaring bankruptcy then T.H....because newspaper sales are a fraction of what they used to be. It doesn't appear that those websites you speak of are doing much to save the sinking ships.
if you think newspapers are not dead, i have several bridges to sell you. it's not just papers but magazines. I used to subscribe to Entertainment Weekly for some crazy amount. They have for the last 2 years offered me a 1 year subscription for $10. I didn't take it this year because i get their same articles as soon as they come out- online! They thinned out the magazine and upped the ads, but it is still not helping. 1 person in my office reads a paper. I usually only see newspaperst in hotels- for free. Or in a coin operated newspaper machines.
I love the newspaper. Without it, what would I use to help me build a great out door fire, or use for packing material when I make a sale on Ebay and have to ship something out. Staples wants too much for bubble wrap....blah!
I agree with David. Online news sites don't deliver ( no pun intended )as well as their parent newspaper. Maybe it's a tactile thing. I don't know.
Mr. Potter Writes: So why are there so many newspapers failing or declaring bankruptcy then T.H....because newspaper sales are a fraction of what they used to be. It doesn't appear that those websites you speak of are doing much to save the sinking ships.
So are you saying then TH that the newspaper companies are finished? Just like it costs money to print and press newspaper, it also costs to run a website. The difference is that it's free to read online and not free to buy a paper. The revenue from paper sales is gone...never to return. To that effect, newspapers must become like radio or broadcast television, and rely solely on advertising to sustain them.
FWIW, and for those who don't know about my other gig, I write about the news industry weekly over at
Good discussion here by TPI readers. I'm not sure it hits the mark for why newspapers are seeing reader and revenue declines, though. From a print journalist with more than a decade in the business, let me take a stab at this discussion.
Mr. Potter writes: So are you saying then TH that the newspaper companies are finished? Just like it costs money to print and press newspaper, it also costs to run a website. The difference is that it's free to read online and not free to buy a paper.
Incidently, some might want to wrap their heads around the idea that Eisner is not just helming a newspaper company, but managing a network. This is a much bigger, multi-media story.
From the Hollywood site : The Wrap:
Robert. Worked for Disney during his CEO gig...ANd Ill sit by on this also...Nice day isnt it? Think it will rain?
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