media deathwatch

Literary Giant Betsy Perry Would Rather Burn Out Than Fade Away

In today’s media roundup, Daily Intel’s favorite HuffPo columnist is forced to resign, and the Boston Globe finally makes a deal, though we’re not sure what it is yet.

• Betsy Perry, the Huffington Post columnist who rose to prominence on this blog as the incandescent Voice of the Greatest Depression, has been forced to resign from her volunteer day job as the head of the New York City Commission on Women’s Issues, after a column of hers that made some ill-advised comments about Mexico raised hackles in the media and among the mayor’s opponents. “I am horrendously embarrassed and apologetic,” Perry told the Times. We hope this doesn’t mean she puts down her quill. You’re not a true artist till they hate you, Betsy! [NYT]

• The struggling Boston Globe agreed to a deal with the Boston Newspaper Guild, but details of the deal will not be officially released until Thursday. [Boston Globe via Romenesko]

Television Week will run online-only starting in June. [Ad Age]

• The executive vice-president and group publishing director of Hachette Filipacchi’s Men’s Enthusiast Network, Nicholas Matarazzo, is leaving the company after almost three decades. [Media Ink/NYP]

• Andrew Wilkes, Allure’s managing editor, is leaving after ten years. [NYP]

• News Corp. is working on a company- and world-wide system to charge for online content. [Daily Beast via Mediabistro]

• Huffington Post contributer Bill Mann blames CNN’s poor ratings on its “annoying personalities” and suggests firing a list of five of them. But why limit that discussion to CNN? Which media personalities do you find most irritating? [HuffPo]

Literary Giant Betsy Perry Would Rather Burn Out Than Fade Away