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March 25, 2009

Gersh speaks! Award-winning Brooklyn Paper editor answers (sort of) questions about new Post parent, Courier-Life sibling

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder has been publicly contemplating the implications, especially for coverage of Atlantic Yards, of the purchase of The Brooklyn Paper, by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, which already owns rival weekly Courier-Life Publications.

[Brooklyn Paper Editor] Gersh Kuntzman twice chided me for not contacting him with my questions.

Kuntzman agreed to an email interview. To summarize the news:

  • Kuntzman doesn't think anything's changed with the paper's historically critical Atlantic Yards coverage (I disagree)
  • he acknowledges that his newspaper can longer critique its former rival
  • he doesn't know if the two chains will be consolidated (I predict some level of that)
  • he doesn't notice advertising in the paper (I think he should)

Kuntzman--whom I'm tempted to call Gersh, given that the Get your Gersh on headline is imprinted in my mind--indicated he may respond, as well, so stay tuned for another round.

Check out the rest of the article, which has the email interview published verbatim.

Posted by lumi at March 25, 2009 5:49 AM