Ever since I broke the news about Colleen Kane
becoming the new Chicago White Sox
beat writer, I’ve been getting a ton of questions about the fate of former Chicago Cubs
beat writer Paul Sullivan. With Mark Gonzales replacing Sully on the Cubs beat, I’ve gotten a few emails and texts about what’s going to happen to Paul Sullivan.
He has both his fans and his critics; and they can get rather loud on Twitter
. Of course, that comes with the territory of being a beat writer for a very high profile team at a big city paper. Polarization is just natural. And certainly, it’s always the malcontents that will be louder and more assertive than the admirers.
So Paul Sullivan is gone from the Cubs beat, and he will now be……...
(Update: Paul Sullivan is gone from the Chicago Cubs beat, and Vaughn McLure will be covering Illinois for the Tribune)
You know that job posting you saw online for the Chicago Tribune; the open baseball writer position?
It’s been filled internally; sources have told me. With this promotion of Colleen Kane, there will also be a couple of beats being shifted around. At least that’s what insiders tell me. Colleen Kane takes over the White Sox
beat as Mark Gonzalez
) shifts to the Chicago Cubs
Lots of trending topics to discuss with the Chicago White Sox
this week. And Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune White Sox
beat writer is the best person to discuss them with. If you don’t do so already, make sure you read his work regularly. He’s the best source to keep up on the Sox.
You can follow Mark Gonzales on Twitter here
No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke- the idea of one print voice for 3 million people.
The Chicago Sun-Times parent company Wrapports LLC is supposedly interested in purchasing the Tribune Company
. This, despite the fact that they have not turned a profit
in the 15 months Michael Ferro has been in charge. So this purchase, really an expansion, could happen despite the realities the Sun-Times publications are facing: offices closing, shrinking revenues, decreasing circulation, an unresolved union contract and lay-offs.
Sun-Times Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk's previous job was at
Crain’s. Maybe he used his connections there to plant these stories in Crain’s? In order to boost morale for his ailing paper?
When the suburban offices announced that they were closing, about a week before Christmas, Kirk said then there would be no more layoffs. Then in January, a member of upper level management within the organization went to one of the suburban offices and said the closing of the buildings (in Glenview, Merrillville, Joliet, Tinley Park, Waukegan and Aurora) had nothing to do with potential future layoffs; a source told me.
Therefore, the news of March 15th came as quite a surprise. The Ides of March were cutthroat for numerous Sun-Times staffers including Southtown sports editor Phil Arvia. A veteran of 25 years, he covered the Chicago White Sox
and holds a MLB
Hall of Fame vote. For the full list of lay-offs go here.
After the March 15th cuts were made, my source told me that Kirk had a meeting in the Sun-Times news room and said:
1.) the company isn’t making money
2.) no further detail about the lay-offs...
Adios Chicago Tribune Live!
I gladly welcome with open arms the new format of SportsTalk Live. Comcast SportsNet Chicago is making the right call here, and frankly, it was a bit overdue.
From Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder, who actually tipped the story a day early
the Tribune has pulled the plug on its title sponsorship of Chicago Tribune Live, the flagship weeknight talk show that’s been airing on the regional sports network since October 2004.
Starting next week, the roundtable discussion program featuring guests from the media, sports and entertainment worlds will be retitled SportsTalk Live. It will continue to air from 5:30 to 6:30pm Monday through Friday, with veteran sportscaster Dave Kaplan as host.
It debuts February 25th...
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