media deathwatch

Video-Game Magazines Latest Victims of Print’s Struggles

Google won’t bail out the newspaper, but the Observer defends “menschy” Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger. Nat Hentoff is still enraged in general, but not bitter about being “excessed” from the Voice. And, alas, even gamers are feeling the print pinch. Just another day in the media world!

• Google, a company that still has the increasingly elusive “money,” isn’t going to spend any on saving the newspaper. Google CEO Eric Schmidt told Fortune, in regards to a newspaper bailout: “We write large checks when we have a great strategy. And we don’t yet have that strategy.” [Valleywag]

• Among the nineteen Forbes staffers who lost their jobs yesterday was media reporter James Abels. [FishbowlNY/Mediabistro]

Electronic Gaming Monthly is going Web-only, and 30 of its staffers have been laid off. The Ziff Davis Media Group–owned magazine, lost as part of a sale to UGO Entertainment, was a fanboy favorite. [FishbowlNY/Mediabistro]

• The New York Times has a “Secretariat-lead on every other big paper” when the Internet “pennies … turn into dollars,” according to the Observer, which dubs Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. an innovative “media mensch.” Depends who you ask, we guess. [Atlantic, NYO]

Entertainment Weekly’s Rick Tetzeli has been replaced as top managing editor by People’s Jess Cagle. Cagle was part of EW’s initial launch in 1990. [NYP]

• Fifty-year Village Voice veteran Nat Hentoff penned his final column yesterday, and he says he’s never lost his “sense of rage.” But he’s not directing that rage at the Voice. [VV]

Video-Game Magazines Latest Victims of Print’s Struggles