Monday, May 20, 2024

Murdoch Mayhem: New York Post Lays Off Top Staffers Including Long Time TV Editor


News Corp. is starting to tighten up.

On Friday, CNN reported that the New York Post laid off about 3% of its newsroom.

Among the dozen or so who are gone is long time popular TV editor Michael Starr, who’s changed his Twitter account to read “former” NY Post. He’s working on a book. But Starr was a key part of the news room for maybe 30 years.

The Post has always stood out as Rupert Murdoch’s protected gem. No matter how many millions it lost every year, the paper was the tycoon’s stake in New York politics. But now that he’s retired and about to marry again at age 93, the paper faces the same financial perils as all other print publications.

Will the Post outlive Murdoch? One day he’ll be gone. And then we’ll see what News Corp’s commitment is to an fortunately dying format.

Here’s the memo that went out on Friday, courtesy of CNN’s Oliver Darcy:

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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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