Saturday, April 13, 2024

Forbes Magazine Stages First Strike in History: Three Days, Plus NY Daily News Remaining Staff Walkout


Forbes Magazine is staging a three day walkout beginning today. It’s their first strike in 160 years.

This is just the latest demonstration of anger by journalists who see the media business being destroyed by corporate greed. This week, the Los Angeles Times lost 115 editorial staffers including big name bylines. Last week Sports Illustrated was gutted by almost the whole staff getting fired.

“We are taking this unprecedented step to show that we will not allow such disrespectful behavior towards our negotiations to continue,” the Forbes union said in a statement. They won’t go back to work until Monday.

The New York Daily News is also set for a walkout today, says Axios online and the New York Times.. The News doesn’t even have a newsroom anymore. They’ve been whittled down to nothing by their owners. The News was once the most popular newspaper in the country. But owner Mort Zuckerman, hobbled by Alzheimer’s, could do very little as the newspaper was hit by the internet’s arrival and his inability to change with the times. The newspaper was sold to Alden Global Capital and run by the penny pinching Tribune Company.

There are reportedly layoffs coming today at Business And the owner of websites like Deadspin and Gizmodo is said to be looking for a buyer.

Grim stuff…

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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