Jeff Smith 2:30 p.m., June 26
Doug Manchester: A New Breed of Newspaper Owners
Doug Manchester a trendsetter? That what some media experts are saying after New Jersey insurance executive and democratic powerbroker, George Norcross announced he and a group of investors were purchasing Philadelphia's two major dailies; the Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
In a April 5 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the purchase has caused some to worry that Norcross plans to use the dailies to push an agenda.
Analyst with the Poynter Institute, and former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, Rick Edmonds, used Manchester's U-T purchase as an example of outspoken executives buying large daily newspapers.
"We clearly are coming to a point where there's a different set of prospective owners," Edmonds told the Inquirer.
Here's an excerpt from the article:
"The new ownership quickly drew criticism, according to the online news organization Voice of San Diego, when its top executive urged sports reporters to advocate for a new stadium for the Chargers and "call out those who don't as obstructionists." The executive later acknowledged it was a misstep."
In an email to the Inquirer, U-T editor Jeff Light said Manchester has brought an "aggressive editorial approach" to the paper while understanding "the separation between church and state."
More like this:
- Papa Doug buys Rhode Island estate — July 28, 2015
- Strange bedfellows seek U-T control — March 6, 2015
- Manchester fails to corral Boston Globe — Aug. 3, 2013
- Manchester: "The New York Times thinks the U-T is awesome." — June 12, 2012
- Yes, Manchester IS Looking at U-T — Nov. 7, 2011