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St. Petersburg Times = Tampa Bay Times

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by playthrough, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    The St. Petersburg Times is being renamed. Seriously.


    As a SPT alum myself, I gotta say I hate it. But I guess it's better than being called "defunct."
  2. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

    Re: St. Petersburg Times = The Tampa Bay Times

    That deserves a wow.

  3. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Active Member

    If I worked at the Tampa Tribune I think I would feel like I am in the crosshairs.
  4. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Refresh my memory, but wasn't there some big to-do about the Tampa Bay Times after they bought it? Something like they bought it to take the name, then got told they couldn't use the name?
  5. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    From Eric Deggans' media column in the Times:

    Back in 2006, The Tampa Tribune's parent company Media General filed suit against Times Publishing over the name of its tabloid newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times, a.k.a. tbt*. Media General alleged the name was too close to the Tampa Times, the name of its afternoon paper which ceased publication in 1982. Times Publishing held the trademark was abandoned; both sides eventually agreed the Times could use the name in unlimited fashion after five years -- a term which has expired.
  6. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    That was it. So I guess this has been coming for five years.
  7. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    So does the name of the arena change?
  8. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    Does tbt* lose its asterisk? Change its name? Go away?
  9. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member


    And as a bonus, I get my own question answered:

  10. 1HPGrad

    1HPGrad Member

    Think I'll keep St. Pete Times on my resume.
  11. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    One of my previous stops changed the name of the paper, at one point, for each edition and actually had a publisher for each. That didn't last long. Although the Ontario Daily Report and Pomona Progress Bulletin, which were merged except for the name, did become the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, and that name has stuck.
  12. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I think tampabay.com is the Times' website.
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