The mass firings under owner Mort Zuckerman at New York’s foundering Daily News continued today with the pink-slipping of longtime and well-regarded music critic Jim Farber. Here’s how he announced it, minutes ago:
This follows the departures in recent days of TV columnist David Hinckley after three decades and sports columnist Mike Lupica, both among the best-known names in their respective areas. Also dropped from the sports desk was popular writer Bill Madden, a veteran of more than 35 years. No word yet on the status of well-liked and often quoted drama critic Joe Dziemianowicz.
The tab, losing a decades-long war of attrition with the Murdoch-owned New York Post — both money drains to the tune of tens of millions of dollars annually — recently upped its newsstand price to $1.25 from $0.75.
The rush to the exit door continues, following Filip Bondy, Hank Gola, Wayne Coffey, Bill Hammond and others earlier this week. The layoffs at the Daily News, which is also reportedly cutting back its print distribution from seven days, are not in isolation, as the summer has seen a shrinking of print staff reporters, columnists and editors across the spectrum. Notable reductions have taken place at the San Diego Union-Tribune, which cut its staff by one-third following a merger with the Los Angeles Times, which itself is going through upheavals at the top, as reported here earlier; Gannett’s USA Today flagship also downsized in recent months.
MORE to come…