The Albuquerque Tribune might have a shot of coming back. Or it might not. A story from last week's Trib says the investing company who is looking to buy the afternoon paper is more confident than they should be.
A spokesman for the Tribune's parent company, E.W. Scripps, however said the process wasn't that far along.Mr. Carroll is Tom Carroll the president of the public relations firm DW Turner. DW Turner reported previously they would not be shy about being hands on in the newspaper process -- and that means, if the deal goes down, the Tribune won't be the same old paper we've come to know and love.
"We don't believe we are as far along in the process as Mr. Carroll's statement would suggest," said Timothy Stautberg, the Cincinnati company's vice president for communications and investor relations.
In other words, DW Turner is pro big-business. And also are big backers of Republicans. Douglas Turner, the founder and CEO of DW Turner, also happened to be the "campaign manager for Governor
Gary Johnson's (R-NM) 1994 and 1998 elections and worked as general consultant for both administrations." Douglas has also "been a member of the Republican Governors Association National Finance Committee."
Douglas donated to Republicans, including Pete Domenici and George W Bush. No Democrats made the cut for Douglas.
And perhaps it is no surprise Turner wants to buy a newspaper. In a blog post on his company website, he called News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch "[m]y
favorite mogul". The post was about Murdoch putting in a bid for the Wall Street Journal (which Murdoch later purchased). Douglas wrote "if Rupert gets his hands on it, and I predict he will, the newspaper that breaks through and will rewrite the rules for the newspaper industry in the digital age."
When writing about the initial news that DW Turner was putting together an investor's group to take a look at the paper, Joe Monahan wrote:
Carroll and Turner are both Republicans. Would they start a local version of the conservative Washington Times[...]?So it seems pretty damn clear that if Carroll and Turner get their hands on the Tribune, things won't look the same at the Albuquerque paper.
But even if they don't put their politics into the pages of the paper, it looks like things won't be the same anyway. There has been a huge exodus of staffers from the Tribune to other papers.
Gene Grant switched to the Journal in October. Burque Babble recently noticed the departure of Thelma Domenici, which happened in early November. In the news division, both Kate Nash and Sue Vorenberg will be joining the SF New Mexican staff in January.
These are just the staff departures which I have noticed. I'm sure there are many more. So no matter what happens, even if the Tribune is "saved" it won't be the same paper that it is now.
The Tribune as we know it is dead, even if it is saved.Also posted at New Mexico FBIHOP