Jul 23, 201210:26 AM
The Editor's Room

Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

The Times-Picayune Fiasco: The Newhouses vs. the Saints

On Sunday, Sept. 30, the Saints will play the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay. It will be a huge game. The next morning, Oct. 1, the folks in Green Bay, a much less populated town than New Orleans, will be able to pore over the statisitcs and read the recaps in their morning paper, The Press Gazette. The fans in 29 of the other 30 NFL markets will be able to do the same with their daily newspaper. The only exception will be in New Orleans where fans will face the first day when the Newhouses, in their skewed vision of the future, will deny us newspaper coverage. As of that day, the Saints will be in the only major league market without a daily newspaper.

Meanwhile the Newhouses can read about the Giants and the Jets and, if they give a damn, the Saints, in The New York Times, the New York Post or any of several greater New York and New Jersey dailies.

What the Newhouses hope is that on that day New Orleans sports fans will rush to their iThings and read about the game online. What they are overlooking is that there will be many other web-based options, including TV sites (which will have the advantage of professional video), for the fans to go to. The geniuses in Jersey will have transformed what was once the prime local news source into another app button to push.

And in case you didn't hear, this is supposed to be good for us.

Reader Comments:
Jul 23, 2012 11:56 am
 Posted by  sam11131

Very well stated.

Kevin Kelly

Jul 23, 2012 12:21 pm
 Posted by  henri117

I'm hoping we all boycott NoLa.com & anything Newhouse based including our beloved Times Picayune.The only way to get our message across to the Newhouses in through their bank accounts.

Jul 23, 2012 01:16 pm
 Posted by  spikeitup

There should be a massive cancellation of subscriptions to the TP. The carpetbaggers that own the TP would have a loss of revenue and may decide it is financially expedient to sell at a loss.
Would The Morning Advocate have an interest?

Jul 23, 2012 04:44 pm
 Posted by  serenity5

I've already cancelled my T-P subscription and stopped going to nola.com (which is no great loss, as it's gone from a poor website to ghastly since the Great Announcement was made). Next step is to start writing to the advertisers, asking them to move their dollars to more worthy outlets - I've noticed Fox 8 has jumped right on board that as well.

Jul 23, 2012 05:55 pm
 Posted by  willdrescher

Too bad New Orleans is not a Time Warner Cable market (owned by Newhouse)! If it was the boycot on "Everything Newhouse" would have a more profound impact upon their pockets!

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Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

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Errol LabordeErrol Laborde holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Orleans and is the editor-in-chief of Renaissance Publishing. In that capacity he serves as editor/associate publisher of New Orleans Magazine and editor/publisher of Louisiana Life magazine.

Errol is also a producer and a regular panelist on Informed Sources, a weekly news discussion program broadcast on public television station WYES-TV, Channel 12. Errol is a three-time winner of the Alex Waller Award, the highest award given in print journalism by the Press Club of New Orleans. He also received the National and City Regional Magazine Association Award for Best Column for his New Orleans Magazine column, beating out 76 city magazines across the country. In 2013, Errol received the award for the "Best News Affiliated Blog," awarded by the Press Club of New Orleans.

Errol’s most recent books are Krewe: The Early Carnival from Comus to Zulu and Marched the Day God: A History of the Rex Organization. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and traveling with his wife, Peggy, to anywhere they can get away to, but some of his favorite spots are the Caribbean and historic locations around Louisiana. You can reach Errol at (504) 830-7235 or errol@myneworleans.com.

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