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Bay Citizen names interim CEO; merger suspense continues

Monday, February 6, 2012

imageChief technology officer Brian C. Kelley (pictured) this evening was named to replace Lisa Frazier as CEO of The Bay Citizen on an interim basis, but it sounds like it could be a short run. Frazier’s last day was today, and a decision is likely by the end of the week on whether the embattled non-profit news org merges with Berkeley’s Center for Investigative Reporting. If it happens, ex-Chronicle editor Phil Bronstein is widely expected to become CEO of the combined entity.

Add: TBC’s board discussed the merger again this afternoon and its directors aren’t saying much. A piece under managing editor Peter Lewis’s byline says board member Susan Hirsch declined to answer specific questions for staffers. She’s quoted as saying, “We’re working as hard as we can to continue the mission.” An excerpt:

According to 2010 tax documents, The Bay Citizen had $11.4 million in revenue in 2010, primarily from private donations and foundation grants. The company reported $3.6 million in expenses in 2010, including $456,918 in salary, bonuses and other compensation for Frazier, and $261,330 in salary and other compensation for Jonathan Weber, the founding editor-in-chief of the news operation.

Noted: For those in need of a personnel scorecard, Weber quit abruptly last September and current editor in chief Steve Fainaru’s last day is Thursday.

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