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Bay Citizen: 3 managers out; tiff over split with NYT?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

imageYou may have noticed that yesterday’s news that the Bay Citizen’s new bosses at the Center for Investigative Reporting are ending TBC’s role as a local content supplier for the New York Times was broken via Twitter by Bay Citizen executive managing editor Jeanne Carstensen. Turns out she’s one of three managers who’ll depart in the wake of the Bay Citizen’s being swallowed up by CIR, now that it’s getting out of covering breaking news. The others are interim chief executive Brian Kelley and managing editor Peter Lewis. That’s according to a Bay Citizen piece written by . . . Lewis.

Add: It doesn’t take much reading between the lines to see that the NYT is a bit ticked over CIR’s decision to kill the content arrangement at the end of April. CIR executive director Robert Rosenthal paints the decision in a congenial light, saying it’s “not slamming the door on any relationship with them.” NYT associate managing editor Jim Schachter, meanwhile, suggests otherwise: “CIR did not choose to explore with us the terms on which we might have continued this relationship.”

Noted: TBC also announced that, as required by law, state Attorney General Kamala Harris approved the merger last week. Formal certification is expected April 30, the day after the Bay Citizen produces its last NYT local news page.
Image: Jeanne Carstensen/The Bay Citizen
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