The revolving door continues at the Las Vegas Review-Journal and its corporate owner Stephens Media. First, Stephens Media CEO Mike Ferguson was ousted three years after the ousting of Stephens CEO and R-J publisher Sherman Frederick. Now, Bob Brown, who took up one of Frederick’s hats, that of publisher, is out the door.
It couldn’t have happened to more deserving people, considering the way they treated others.
When Sherman was shown the door, he was allowed to stay on as a consultant, columnist and blogger. The story mentioned his name repeatedly in the first eight graphs. My ouster deserved three sentences in the penultimate graph and the ouster of the general manager, Allan Fleming, warranted two sentences in the last graph. Several others who were ousted that day got no mention.
Of Brown, the online story today reports: “Bob Brown, former publisher of the newspaper has left the company.” (Yes, there should be a comma after the apposition.) And don’t let the door hit you in the …
Brown may best be known for being told by Harry Reid at a Chamber of Commerce function: “I hope you go out of business.”
According to the R-J online story, the newspaper will have a new management team. Moss becomes president and CEO of Stephens Media and publisher of the R-J. Again consolidating the jobs held by Frederick.
He named Ed Lasak to be COO of Stephens Media and the Review-Journal. Lasak, a CPA bean counter, comes from Southern California, where Moss worked for years.
Moss also named Mark Ficarra to become chief revenue officer of Stephens Media and the Review-Journal. He has worked for the Denver Post and the San Diego Union-Tribune, both papers where Moss briefly resided. Sounds like Moss is surrounding himself with cronies.
For some reason the story mentioned that Mark Hinueber, who was present for most of those firings three years ago, will remain as the company’s lawyer and director of Human Resources.
In the heads up department, remember that Mike Hengel, who replaced me as editor, was a crony of Ferguson. Brown didn’t even know how to pronounce his name.
The R-J story included this obligatory note of praise:
“I am pleased to announce the new executive management team at Stephens Media and the Review-Journal,” Moss remarked. “These three executives bring more than 90 years of combined media experience to the company and a track record of success. All members of this team have been involved with innovative product development and driving improved revenue performance in both print and digital products. They are all industry leaders, Moss said.
No, there was no concluding closing quotation mark. As for their track records, I don’t recall any industry stories about any great successes at any of those companies. Just shuffling deck chairs?
What this will mean for the Sun insert, which continues to be produced without any local content whatsoever, is anyone’s guess.