How did this happen? And what are the implications for Chicago newspaper readers and staffs? Whoever thought that the Chicago Sun-Times' shadow would fall across Michigan Ave. and land on the Chicago Tribune?
If anything, it seemed more likely that the opposite would happen, especially with the sale of the Sun-Times suburban newspapers to the Tribune.
Michael Ferro says he is removing himself from operational control of the Sun-Times, but is he bringing his failed ideas over to the Tribune? Will we see a major change in the Tribune content, format or editorial direction? Will it mean the demise of the Sun-Times? Will the Tribune continue to strengthen its editorial product, or will it mean more staff cuts for the already depleted staff? What will federal regulators say about the effective combination of the two newspapers?
This is stunning for someone (me) who started this business when there were four daily newspapers in town. (Trib, Sun-Times, Daily News and the American) Journalists in Chicago will have no choice but to continue to roll with the punches. And the reading public will need to hold its breath.
Here is an excellent profile of Michael Farro in Chicago Magazine written by Bryan Smith.
Robert Feder raises the possibility of an "inevitable" merger of the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.
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