The 50th is the last big moment of mourning for Dallas' aging true grievers.
Tale of two cities on today's front pages: Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic at The New York Times, presents a big-canvas panoramic of Rio Park in Madrid, Spain, where they entombed a highway to bring a river back to life. Linking Madrid's vast and wonderful new park to trends in Europe and Am ... More >>
Robert DecherdDon't tell Dallas Morning News bigwigs that the newspaper business is in trouble: The A.H. Belo-owned Providence Journal reports this afternoon that Chairman Robert Decherd, Publisher Jim Moroney, President John McKeon and Chief Financial Officer Alison Engel made out pretty, pretty ... More >>
David Laney, who at least looks like a Dallas mayorReading The Dallas Morning News is easy. I don't know why people complain. I had at least three conversations Sunday with grumpy people all upset and confused about the Gromer Jeffers story in the Sunday paper: "Issue of Dallas' next mayor isn't ... More >>
Weeks after completing its latest round of penny-saving layoffs, which were preceded by pay cuts and benefits trims, A.H. Belo this morning reported its first-quarter '09 results -- and they are significant. The publisher of The Dallas Morning News reports a first quarter net loss of $103.1 millio ... More >>
On DMNCuts, word is A.H. Belo Corp. will start trimming staff at The Dallas Morning News early next week. Which will be followed on May 1 by pay cuts for all: Robert Decherd this morning sent a "Letter to Colleagues" in which the A.H. Belo chairman, CEO and president announced that anyone making ove ... More >>
A.H. Belo announced this morning that it is going to "cut approximately 500 jobs, or more than 14 percent of its workforce," at all of its properties, among them The Dallas Morning News and the Providence Journal. Which is why a Friend of Unfair Park sends this announcement from the Providence Newsp ... More >>
First, the good news this a.m.: Gas prices around the DFW are drop, drop, dropping -- in some areas down to $2.25 a gallon, well below last year's $2.70 and the current local average of $2.57. The bad news? Stock prices are drop, drop, dropping worldwide -- it ain't looking good this morning. As my ... More >>
A Friend of Unfair Park directs our attention to the News Buyout 2008 blog, where, breaking news, Dallas' Only Daily has begun laying off employees: "Newsroom staff members from across the building have been called into meetings and notified that they are being cut." This follows Robert Decherd's wa ... More >>
Robert Decherd Seeking Alpha has posted the transcript of yesterday's conference call during which A. H. Belo Corporation execs, including chairman Robert Decherd and Dallas Morning News publisher Jim Moroney, chatted with three analysts concerning the company's second-quarter earnings. But, of cour ... More >>
You will find here this morning several "arguments why A.H. Belo would be a good investment," among them "experienced and shareholders-aligned management" (meaning Belo's chairman, president and chief executive officer Robert Decherd) and its estimable catalog of valuable properties. The analysis co ... More >>
So, now we know what A. H. Belo Corporation CEO Robert Decherd meant in April when he wrote to shareholders of "creating sustainable incremental revenue streams": He's raising the newsstand price of The Dallas Morning News. A Friend of Unfair Park delivers the news this morning, and a customer servi ... More >>
DSM says CPA will cannibalize other theaters. CPA says DSM is afraid of competition. We say 'bout time rich people fought rich people.
Robert Decherd In advance of A. H. Belo Corporation's first-quarter financials conference call next week, chairman of the board, president and all-'round CEO Robert Decherd has sent a good news-bad news missive to stockholders today. Writes Decherd concerning the state and fate of The Dallas Morning ... More >>
Robert Decherd This line from A.H. Belo Corp. bossman Big Bob Decherd's Monday-morning missive to stockholders is attracting quite a bit of attention today: The Dallas Morning News' recently spun-off mother company's "1st quarter financial performance will be substantially below our expectations." W ... More >>
Well, you can't say you didn't see it coming. Exactly four months after Citigroup analyst Eileen Furukawa upgraded Belo Corp.'s stock from "hold" to "buy" based on the value of company's TV properties alone, The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV's parent company announced, yup, it's separating its new ... More >>
In the wake of yesterday's announcement that the Bancroft family had indeed agreed to sell Dow Jones & Co. for $5 billion to Rupert Murdoch, this morning the Los Angeles Times wonders whether newspaper dynasties aren't quickly becoming a dying breed. Of course, it need look no further than George Ba ... More >>
Yesterday morning, I found in my in-box this Columbia Journalism Review story about The Dallas Morning News -- specifically, about the state o' Dallas' Only Daily in the wake of the 2004 and '06 layoffs that reduced the newsroom staff by 30 percent. The piece -- penned by former News-ers turned loca ... More >>
Why is the DMN's mild-mannered columnist suddenly impatient about the Trinity River?
Belo Corp. chairman, president and chief executive officer Robert W. Decherd sent the troops a "Dear Fellow Employees" letter today in which he said, more or less, Hey, baby, everything's gonna be fine--trust me, baby. More or less. Not really in those terms. You get the idea. Decherd, who was all b ... More >>
Some Morning News staffers we know have taken to calling Belo CEO Robert Decherd "Howard Hughes" because he's been kinda absent of late. Well, we assume that's why. Nothing to do with jarring, we don't think. Well, at least there's no more guessing to be done about the final number. It's 111, for th ... More >>
By now you know things are not all rainbows and unicorns and cotton candy at The Dallas Morning News. They're "reshaping the newsroom," ya know, getting ready to fire somewhere between 50-100 (or more) newsroom employees in the coming days...sorry, they're getting ready to offer them buyouts, my bad ... More >>
News this week--well, last week, really--that The Dallas Morning News is offering buyouts to some 40 (or 60 or more) of its folks before firing 'em outright has rekindled memories of the October 2004 massacre that left 250 Belo Corp. employees jobless. And it's raised the specter of the circulation ... More >>
The Dallas Morning News owner sounded smart, so it had to be an impersonator
The Great Schutzkin predicts strife and disagreement on the city council
My prediction: That's the advice McKinsey's going to give the council
Belo's answers raise more questions
The Morning News deals with circulation woes
Decherd and the boys get downtown. Miller gets the crown.
Laura Miller's husband orders a shift for City Hall
City manager disappears--a trick!
The DMN's special section was great. And weird. Of course.
Weenie is as weenie does
When inspiration calls, I listen...and then I type 1,250 words
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A breach-of-contract lawsuit dogs A.H. Belo's bid to join the media big leagues
A celebrity home tour of Dallas' rich, famous--and all too often tasteless--movers and fakers