For those of you keeping score at home, there’s now another suitor – and potentially more ominous news – for the beleaguered Boston Herald.
Brian Dowling reported in today’s edition that a possible third bidder is kicking the tires on Fargo Street.
Digital First may put bid on paper
Digital First Media is interviewing editors at the Boston Herald in connection with a potential bid to buy the newspaper.
Mike Burbach, an editor at the Pioneer Press in Minnesota, a Digital First publication, told managers at the Herald yesterday in an email from his newspaper account that he and other representatives of MNG-BH Acquisition LLC will be “coming to your offices” this coming week to conduct interviews.
Dowling also notes that “Digital First owns two daily newspapers in Massachusetts: the Lowell Sun and the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise.”
That would be the same Sentinel & Enterprise the Boston Business Journal just reported is going virtual.
Fitchburg daily newspaper to eliminate brick-and-mortar newsroom
Next month, for the first time in 180 years, the daily Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise may no longer have a physical office in Fitchburg.
The newspaper, which is owned by Denver, Colorado-based Digital First Media, is switching to what it’s calling a “virtual newsroom” model by the end of February or sooner. Jim Campanini, editor of the Sentinel and Enterprise and the Lowell Sun, told the Business Journal in an interview that the plan is intended to save money, but that the paper is in no danger of closing entirely. In fact, he boasted that the paper just hired a new reporter as well as two videographers.
“It’s our time to create this model of innovation,” Campanini told the BBJ’s Don Seiffert. “I look upon this as discovery. We’re explorers, really.”
Swell. But do they have a compass?
Regardless, the redoubtable Dan Kennedy of Media Nation told the BBJ he’s heard worse ideas. “Cutting rent is certainly better than cutting staff,” he said in an email.
The question is, if Digital First buys the Herald, would Fargo Street become a teardown too?