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Chicago Tribune reduces newsroom staff (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Chicago Tribune ^ | April 22, 2009 | Phil Rosenthal

Posted on 04/22/2009 2:22:04 PM PDT by abb

The Chicago Tribune today reduced its newsroom staff, a response to the economic downturn and changes in the media business model.

The exit of 53 editorial employees is part of a paper-wide cost-cutting effort. Tribune Editor Gerould Kern said in a letter to staff that cuts are part of a newsroom reorganization that “will focus us more clearly on our core mission” going forward with a newsgathering team of around 430.

“With today’s actions, we are making the leap to a newsroom structure that we believe is sustainable barring further significant declines in advertising revenue,” Kern wrote. “While some are leaving now, others will join the newsroom over time as we invest in new skills necessary to grow in the future.”

The Chicago Sun-Times and Crain’s Chicago Business last week reported that the Tribune cuts would be far more severe.

Kern, in his note, said the moves were guided by what he and other editors believe the business will sustain while also supporting the goal of digital growth as the Chicago market’s top news and information source.

“That means we must concentrate our resources and energies on covering the Chicago area better than anyone else" across all platforms, Kern wrote, adding that the Tribune is looking to expand its local news and digital operations, as well as establishing a watchdog unit to build on consumer and investigative coverage.

Staff reductions and other cost-cutting measures have become commonplace across the media business nationwide. E.W. Scripps Co. folded Denver's Rocky Mountain News and Hearst Corp. discontinued print publication of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, turning it into an online-only entity. The two major daily papers in Detroit have reduced the frequency of home delivery.

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(Excerpt) Read more at newsblogs.chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: advertising; dbm; newspapers; tribune
Wednesday afternoon good news.
1 posted on 04/22/2009 2:22:05 PM PDT by abb
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Birch T. Barlow; ..

ping


2 posted on 04/22/2009 2:22:32 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

53 fewer people to promote gay marriage.

-Sniff-


3 posted on 04/22/2009 2:27:03 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (When you're RuPaul posing as the wife of the president, you need all the make-up help you can get.)
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To: abb

......will focus us more clearly on our core mission.....

It is said that in the last days, perhaps even the last hours, Hitler in his bunker issued orders to division commanders that were lost or dead for weeks.

Thus it is the commander searches for a core mission that will come riding in with bugles blaring and save the day


4 posted on 04/22/2009 2:31:33 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Crucify ! Crucify ! Crucify him!!)
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To: abb

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20090422_Inquirer_publisher_calls_for_changes_in_law.html
Inquirer publisher calls for changes in law

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/towerticker/2009/04/tribune-co-asks-bankruptcy-court-to-allow-severance-bonus-payments.html
Tribune Co. asks bankruptcy court to allow severance, bonus payments

http://www.poynter.org/forum/view_post.asp?id=13911
Tribune asks court to approve bonuses, severance

http://blogs.chicagoreader.com/news-bites/2009/04/21/word-editor/
A word from the editor

http://www.observer.com/2009/media/get-me-rewrite-once-variety-ruled-holywood-press-twittering-stars-and-cutthroat-blogs-hav
Get Me Rewrite!

http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2009/04/22/globe_management_rejects_union_offer_to_bargain_in_public/?page=full
Globe management rejects union offer to bargain in public

http://www.buzzmachine.com/2009/04/21/my-testimony-to-sen-kerry/
My testimony to Sen. Kerry


5 posted on 04/22/2009 2:31:46 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

And next year, when they lay off another 50 employees, they will claim, again, that “380 employees will help us focus on our core mission”.


6 posted on 04/22/2009 2:32:52 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: abb
The exit of 53 editorial employees is...

...a terrific start.
I want everybody associated with the Democrat newsrooms to lose their jobs, their homes, and their families. For what they have done to America they deserve nothing less. (spit)

7 posted on 04/22/2009 2:33:02 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: bert; abb

I live near Chicago, and, last Oct., I heard that many subscribers cancelled their subscriptions because the Tribune endorsed Obama.


8 posted on 04/22/2009 2:33:51 PM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: abb

Die Tribune! you gave us 0bama. Take him back and go far away!


9 posted on 04/22/2009 2:36:37 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: abb

Newspapers are dropping like flies, and yet somehow it never occurs to them that all they have to do to turn things around is report the news—unbiased, uncensored, politically incorrect. Give the readers what they want and need—the truth.


10 posted on 04/22/2009 2:36:53 PM PDT by giotto
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To: abb

“That means we must concentrate our resources and energies on covering the Chicago area better than anyone else” across all platforms, Kern wrote,<<<

What were they doing before these layoffs?


11 posted on 04/22/2009 2:38:54 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: abb

http://recoveringjournalist.typepad.com/recovering_journalist/
How NOT to Charge for Online Content

http://www.paidcontent.org/entry/419-newsers-michael-wolff-in-18-months-80-percent-of-newspapers-will-be-gon/
Newser’s Michael Wolff: In 18 Months, 80 Percent Of Newspapers Will Be Gone—Give Or Take….

http://www.niemanlab.org/
80 percent of newspapers gone in 18 months? Not likely.


12 posted on 04/22/2009 2:39:41 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Thanks for the ping, I don’t feel sorry for the liberal editorial writers...any conservative ones get the boot too?


13 posted on 04/22/2009 2:40:28 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/)
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To: giotto

Neutral reporting—a dinosaur age concept—never to be seen again...? Or was there ever neutral reporting?


14 posted on 04/22/2009 2:42:11 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/)
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To: Bobkk47

this were just the editorial staf. no telling how many werer cut in circulation, printing and other divisions


15 posted on 04/22/2009 2:47:01 PM PDT by GeronL (TYRANNY SENTINEL. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Bobkk47

this were just the editorial staf. no telling how many werer cut in circulation, printing and other divisions


16 posted on 04/22/2009 2:47:01 PM PDT by GeronL (TYRANNY SENTINEL. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: ConservativeMind

53 LESS people to promote illegal immigration!


17 posted on 04/22/2009 2:48:39 PM PDT by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: abb

http://www.newspaperdeathwatch.com/
Results Stoke Doomsday Fears

http://www.wordyard.com/
Mark Penn’s fuzzy pro-blogging stats

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=104660
U-verse TV Adds Subscribers, Challenges Cable Rivals

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/
Fmr. CNN Reporter on Susan Roesgen: “She Needs to Apologize”


18 posted on 04/22/2009 2:48:44 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Lancey Howard

...a terrific start.
I want everybody associated with the Democrat newsrooms to lose their jobs, their homes, and their families. For what they have done to America they deserve nothing less. (spit)

you are not alone, i feel exactly the same.
Plenty of good news- nyslimes is on life support, not enough homos to read latimes, sfchronicle is about done, same with seattle and atlanta.
Now if obama would kill some bad guys and leave my taxes alone and stop spending for a couple of days i will be in a good mood.


19 posted on 04/22/2009 2:54:45 PM PDT by genghis
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To: abb; MplsSteve; sionnsar

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/artman2/publish/Newspapers_24/At_the_Strib_coping_in_these_dark_hours.asp
At the Strib, coping in these dark hours
Minneapolis daily struggles on, its ranks thinned

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2009/04/20/daily19.html
Seattle Times online traffic grows, PI.com’s questioned


20 posted on 04/22/2009 2:55:59 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb


21 posted on 04/22/2009 2:57:52 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - Obama is basically Jim Jones with a teleprompter)
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To: abb

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=104555
Wikipedia Founder: How To Save The Newspaper Industry

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/21/AR2009042103716.html
In Congress, No Love Lost for Newspapers

http://www.reuters.com/article/industryNews/idUSTRE53K5VY20090421
Global music sales down 8 percent in 2008: IFPI

http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090421/ap_on_hi_te/amazon_hd_movies
Amazon launches HD movie rental, TV show sales

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118002689.html?categoryid=3602&cs=1
Lunch, Twitter propel networking


22 posted on 04/22/2009 2:58:44 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

http://www.cnbc.com/id/29509776/site/14081545
NYTimes Even Worse Than Expected: Can Congress Help?

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003965223
‘Chicago Tribune’ Cuts its Newsroom Staff — Again

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003965411
High Time We Set the Record Straight on Newspaper ‘Myths’

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003964934
Newspaper Reps Seeking Antitrust Relief Find Opposition


23 posted on 04/22/2009 3:05:19 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/departments/business/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003965165
S&P Downgrades New York Times Co. Deeper Into Junk Territory

http://www.nypost.com/seven/04222009/business/1_3b_debt_rattle_165559.htm
$1.3B DEBT RATTLE
CASH-STARVED TIMES EFFECTIVELY HAS $34M LEFT IN BANK

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/209754-Analyst_Expects_Rocky_Quarter_For_News_Corp_.php
Analyst Expects Rocky Quarter For News Corp.
Network And Cable Ad Sales Expected To Drop; Affil Rev rises


24 posted on 04/22/2009 3:23:28 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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This agenda-driven rag needs no reporters. All it needs is a fax machine and a rewrite man to make DNC,CAIR,ACLU,NAACP,LA RAZA AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD press releases appear like news stories. They work from liberal templates, redoing the same stories again and again. I can’t remember the last time they broke a real story.


25 posted on 04/22/2009 3:35:51 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: abb

Not to worry. There will no noticeable change in the quality of the newspaper.


26 posted on 04/22/2009 4:33:59 PM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve Qui Peut)
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To: abb

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i888016761f9ec824f862a5c265de605c
Drama at GE shareholders meeting
‘Open hostility’ toward execs over MSNBC’s ‘leftward tilt’


27 posted on 04/22/2009 4:55:45 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Wolff is flat wrong. 85% of newspapers won’t survive the next 18 months..


28 posted on 04/22/2009 5:03:09 PM PDT by ken5050 (Obama wants a 900% tax on Aspirin. Why, you ask? It's white, and it works...)
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To: ken5050

There will be some newspapers that will survive. Smaller towns, weeklies, etc.

But the major metro newspapers are dead men walking.


29 posted on 04/22/2009 5:07:17 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder, just told the newies what they need to do RIGHT NOW POST HASTE TODAY to survive. If comments serve as any indicator most chose to simply ridicule Wales’ suggestions.


30 posted on 04/22/2009 5:37:35 PM PDT by Milhous (Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.)
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To: Milhous

Early tomorrow, I’m traveling to my sister’s in San Augustine, Texas. This will be my third trip to the annual book sale at the Lufkin, TX library. She’s been going to those things for years.

Anyway, when I went to my first one two years ago, I was astounded to see several sets of encyclopaedia for sale. World Book, Colliers, all relatively new - $5.00/set. No one uses them any more.

That made quite an impact on me.


31 posted on 04/22/2009 5:44:34 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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Also most entertaining to see all the hate and discontent come gushing up during the “save our fishwrap” congressional hearings. LOL. The newsies couldn't even get an “Amen!” out of Dems for slaying a dragon called Nixon. ROTFL.
32 posted on 04/22/2009 5:49:18 PM PDT by Milhous (Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.)
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To: Milhous

Check out the comments at the WaPo story.


33 posted on 04/22/2009 6:10:36 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Godwin1

The Tribune broke the Blagoevich story.


34 posted on 04/22/2009 7:07:17 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges
The Tribune broke the Blagoevich story.
The Tribune's Blago bomb certainly broke up an ongoing covert FBI investigation into Illinois political corruption before Obama got implicated. Recall how the reportedly Republican Chicago Tribune actually did a political hit job on Republican Jack Ryan who hoped to succeed retiring Republican Peter Fitzgerald in the Senate. Obama ultimately got Fitzgerald's Senate seat paving the way for the Obamanation.
35 posted on 04/22/2009 8:03:04 PM PDT by Milhous (Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.)
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To: ken5050
I think what we'll see are super regional newspapers replace a newspaper for each town. For example, in the San Francisco Bay Area, we could see all the newspapers mashed down to (at most!) four newspapers, one serving the East Bay, one serving Marin County, one serving San Francisco and the San Francisco Peninsula, and one serving Santa Clara County.
36 posted on 04/22/2009 9:46:20 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: abb

Bad Week for Chicago JournalistsTribune cuts another 53 jobs

By BJ LUTZ and ASSOCIATED PRESS

Updated 3:00 PM CDT, Wed, Apr 22, 2009
Related Topics:Tribune Company

BJ Lutz

Another round of job cuts leaves the Chicago Tribune with about 430 employees.

Just days after the Chicago Sun-Times lost 140 workers in its latest round of layoffs, the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday added to the carnage.

Tribune’s Editor, Gerould Kern, annouced Wednesday in a note to employees that the newspaper will cut 53 jobs as part of a newspaper reorganization.

That leaves the newspaper with a staff of about 430. About a dozen jobs were lost at the Trib in December, and another 20 were eliminated in February.

The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rosenthalnoted in a column last August that cuts made that month were the paper’s fourth since 2005.

Like other newspapers, the Tribune is suffering through a downturn in advertising revenue due to both a sour economy and a movement toward the Internet.

As it tries to remake itself, the newspaper said it planned to focus its coverage more narrowly on the Chicago area and would expand its local news operation.

Kern’s memo indicates the newspaper’s digital staff also will grow and a new watchdog unit will increase its consumer and investigative coverage. A new production department will combine copy editing, page design and photo editing.
Related Stories

* What Newspapers Will Die in 2009?

According to Crain’s Chicago Business, among those who lost their jobs Wednesday: business reporters Joshua Boak, Eric Benderoff and Susan Diesenhouse; breaking news reporter James P. Miller; photographers Candice C. Cusic, and David Trotman-Wilkins; assistant features editor and writer of the Tribune’s “Recession Diaries” blog Lou Carlozo and reporter Robert K. Elder; Schaumburg deputy bureau chief William Grady; house and homes editor Elaine Matsushita; assistant editor Suzanne Cosgrove; writer Elizabeth Botts, and sports reporter John Mullin.

Both of Chicago’s largest newspapers have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Chicago Tribune did so last December, with the Chicago Sun-Times following nearly four months later.

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/business/chicago-tribune-sun-times-layoffs-042209.html/ NBC Chicago


37 posted on 04/23/2009 5:48:36 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: abb
"Wednesday afternoon good news."

Or, Thursday morning.
Either works for me. :^)

38 posted on 04/23/2009 6:06:04 AM PDT by Landru (Arghh, Liberals are trapped in my colon like spackle or paste.)
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To: bert
"Kern, in his note, said the moves were guided by what he and other editors believe the business will sustain while also supporting the goal of digital growth as the Chicago market’s top news and information source."

Klickity-klack goes their stick in the fence as they whistle post the graveyard. ;^)

39 posted on 04/23/2009 6:07:38 AM PDT by Landru (Arghh, Liberals are trapped in my colon like spackle or paste.)
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To: abb

The Tribune is actually still profitable. Zell just leveraged his buyout so heavily that he acquired a ton of debt. Included in this layoff was an Art Critic that had been there for almost 40 years. Hey Sam, having fun turning a Chicago historical artifact into a shell of its former self!


40 posted on 04/23/2009 6:19:59 AM PDT by Borges
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To: abb; bert
THIS one...:
Inquirer Publisher Calls For Changes in Law

( http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20090422_Inquirer_publisher_calls_for_changes_in_law.html )

...merits its own thread, Walt. {~tho' admittedly I haven't read the rest of the links, yet. :o) }

A couple excerpts tell why it's so very special:

"The hearing took place before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy. It was triggered, in part, by a request from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) that the Justice Department consider easing antitrust rules for newspapers, given the dire financial status of the industry."

~snip~

And now Pelousy's Liberal-Socialist beard --C. Edwin Baker, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania-- in no uncertain terms reveals why this "hearing" was really held:

"Baker argued there were better ways to aid newspapers, suggesting that the government offer tax subsidies to underwrite the cost of journalists' salaries."

HA!!!

So THIS is how the "transparency" the Republic was promised works, huh.
Riiiiiight. :o)

41 posted on 04/23/2009 6:35:14 AM PDT by Landru (Arghh, Liberals are trapped in my colon like spackle or paste.)
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To: Landru
“The hearing took place before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy. It was triggered, in part, by a request from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) that the Justice Department consider easing antitrust rules for newspapers, given the dire financial status of the industry.”

Which is ironic since Ted Kennedy tried to close the Boston Herald back in the 80’s using the same antitrust rules.

42 posted on 04/24/2009 10:48:40 AM PDT by outpostinmass2
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To: abb

Add Tribune To Tax Trouble ListZell’s deal faces audit

By STEVE RHODES

Updated 9:45 AM CDT, Wed, May 13, 2009

The IRS has Tribune Company in its sights.

Todd Stroger isn’t the only public figure presiding over a financial mess who is in trouble with tax man these days. Todd, meet Sam Zell.

The IRS is auditing a key - and controversial - component of Zell’s purchase of the Tribune Company. Zell faces a potential catastrophe if the agency rules against him.

“As much as $1.8 billion could be at stake,” Crain’sreports. “Under scrutiny is a $250-million purchase of Tribune shares in April 2007 by the company’s newly minted employee stock ownership plan. The ESOP was the first step in Mr. Zell’s privatization of the company.”

It was also a way for Zell to purchase the company with relatively little money of his own, leveraging the ESOP’s assets instead.

“IRS investigators are ‘attempting to determine if the transaction was for the benefit of employees,’ according to a declaration filed by a Waukesha, Wis.-based agent in charge of the probe,” Crain’s reports.

If that’s the standard, Zell and Tribune are in trouble.

“Employee Benefit, Our Ass,” says the Hartford Courant Alumni Association.

Of course, the IRS may have a more technical way of defining “employee benefit” than workers laid off by the Zell regime.

But still. Even Zell himself has said that buying Tribune was a mistake.
Related Stories

* Tribune, in Bankruptcy, Can Pay Bonuses

Now we’ll see just how big of a mistake. And who will pay for it.

Steve Rhodes is the proprietor ofThe Beachwood Reporter, which curiously enough is not in bankruptcy like the Tribune, Sun-Times

NBC Local Media

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/business/Tribune-Tax-Trouble.html


43 posted on 05/14/2009 6:52:11 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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