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From Detroit

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moderator1, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Apparently, enough are taking the buyouts so there won't be layoffs. That's good news. Anyway, this was sent to The Pipeline:

    "I don't know if I mentioned it, but we had buyouts at the News/Freep/Media Partnership. They were looking for 150 and 116 took them, including 11 from the News and 18 from the Freep. They decided the other day that they will not need to have layoffs to make up the difference, thank goodness. There were three major departures from the Sports department so things are about to change significantly there. Mike O'Hara and Vartan Kupelian (golf) are taking the buyout. O'Hara has been there since 1966 and I think Vartan has been there maybe longer. Fred Girard also took it. So with the Lions beat opening after about 100 years, they're going to switch things up. Everyone in sports is getting the news Monday. [...]

    " .. the Tigers and Michigan won't change. Everything else is going to. Golf won't be replaced as they had already decided not to travel anymore for the majors."
  2. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    The impressive thing is that they're not laying off to make up the difference.
  3. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Active Member

    Just heard about O'Hara today. He's been on the Lions at least 30 years.
  4. Birdscribe

    Birdscribe Active Member

    Vart has been one of the state's top writers on golf forever and someone highly respected on all fronts. I'm assuming he'll cover that little thing called the PGA Championship that's in his backyard in two weeks.
  5. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Yeah, this week.
  6. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Active Member

    My guess is the PGA and Ryder Cup are his last two events. I'm sure he wasn't thrilled they didn't send him to to the (British) Open.
  7. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Man, is golf going to start turning into the NHL as far as coverage being pulled from it all over the country?
  8. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    I like Vartan's writing and all, but compared to O'Hara, he's been on scholarship for quite a while.
    Also heard that Fred Girard is leaving too and if that's the case, someone else will have to make much ado about nothing. Sometimes, when you FOIA documents, there is indeed nothing there.
  9. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    I doubt preps will change at the Freep, either. Mick McCabe is their top prep guy and he knows the area through and through. (No, I'm not Mick, but I have run into and talked to him several times.) :)
  10. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    He's not taking the buyout.
  11. Montezuma's Revenge

    Montezuma's Revenge Active Member

    Hasn't that already happened?
  12. Overrated

    Overrated Guest

    So, who gets the Lions beat? Does John Niyo move over from the Wings?
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