Skip to comments.(Boston Mayor) Menino offers loan to keep Banner (newspaper) afloat (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 07/17/2009 5:57:01 AM PDT by abb
The City of Boston will offer to loan the Bay State Banner up to $200,000 to keep the cash-strapped weekly newspaper from shutting down permanently, Mayor Thomas M. Menino said last night.
The mayor told the Globe that the loan will come from the Boston Local Development Corp. fund, a private nonprofit administered by the Boston Redevelopment Authority that provides financial infusions to struggling small businesses.
The mayor said the loan is not an attempt to garner favor from the Banner, which focuses on the black community and has often covered Menino critically.
This is about me helping a business that is very important to the minority community, Menino said. I will step up any time and help any business in this city. Im trying to help a business survive. Tell me if thats wrong.
The free weekly published what it said was its final edition July 9, and had planned to shutter by the end of the month because of a revenue slump caused by the recession.
Mel Miller, the Banners publisher, who had hoped for investors to step up and save the paper, did not respond to repeated calls yesterday seeking comment. Howard Manly, the papers executive editor, would not comment on the loan, but did express gratitude for the community support.
The level of support for the Banner has been overwhelming, he said. From the highest levels of the city of Boston to the blue-collar workers, the support for the Banner had been extremely heartfelt.
Larry Mayes, a senior adviser to Menino, said that the mayor was approached by representatives of the Banners interests yesterday and that he met with them in his office and discussed ways the paper can get back on its feet.
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Uh huh. Right. No pandering going on here.
Why didn't he offer the Globe a loan?
Guaranteeing we’ll never see the truth in print.
If it was "very important" to the people in the community, they would buy the paper. And the paper would it would be able to support itself.
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