Will Philly Papers Go Up for Sale Again?

Plus: Marimow-led group files appeal.

This just in from the Philadelphia Newspaper Wars: The majority owners, led by George Norcross, announced this afternoon they are filing appeal of Friday’s decision restoring Bill Marimow to the editor’s seat at The Inquirer.

USA Today’s Rem Rieder, meanwhile, has an overview of the Philadelphia Newspaper War now that Bill Marimow has been restored to the Job That He Can’t Be Fully Fired From as editor of the Inquirer. (Seriously: Marimow is now the Inky’s version of Billy Martin. Has there ever been another newspaper career like this?)

Rieder concludes:

The Katz/Marimow camp is said to be considering the possibility of going to court to dissolve the ownership agreement on the grounds that there is an insurmountable impasse. (Ya think?) The idea would be to have the company put up for sale. If it ended up with the papers, the group is thinking about converting the company into a non-profit.

This would be an odd moment to convert the paper to a non-profit, considering that just a month ago everybody associated with the paper said it was on the verge of profitability. The lawyer’s bills since then may have reversed the situation entirely, admittedly. Still, it’s the one part of the whole war that I’ve never understood: Everybody seems to agree that the Inquirer is, at long last, possibly improving its position after years of decline. Why would anybody—everybody, as it turns out—want to eff with that? Were the egos just too massive?

Anyway, we’re curious to see what a non-profit Inky would look like. (Just look at the last decade! Hey-oooh!) Would it solicit “memberships” like WHYY does? Would advertising still continue, or would local businesses become “sponsors”—and would that be worth anything to them? Is there an example of this kind of thing actually working?

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  • Flustered

    These egomaniacs have no consideration for the public and the rep of our beloved city!
    Why are both sides so exercised? they are finally making money; the paper is fortunate to have many advertisers, paper costs a bundle anymore for a year, but is now starting to improve going back to the days when a paper was picked up to read NEWS near, far, and worldwide. why mess with a good thing? Get a good journalist, newsperson to run the paper and get rid of the prima donnas!

  • aaron

    It’s not both sides, it’s just Hitler aka George Norcross who happens to be a complete SOCIOPATH.

    If you don’t do what he wants or fire the person he wants gone, then he goes into drama mode and tries to find ways to have that person FIRED. This is driving him crazy. Did you read his appeal, what a nut case. He’s complete nuts. We have had to deal with this SOCIOPATH destroying our lives in New Jersey. It’s sickening.

  • aaron

    This is how it is in New Jersey. You have legislators, police, prosecutors, judges and courts all up Norcross’s behind. It’s sickening how these people fear they will lose their job so they got their head so far up his butt. New Jersey is a miserable place to live because of him. If you don’t do what your told or you speak up or disagree with him, he comes after your job automatically, or he has somebody like that head up the butt Hall go after and SABOTAGE your position. The next thing he does is he uses this SOCIAL MEDIA site he invested loads of cash into ADVERTISING to write negative, defaming stories that are cyber slander and rip a persons name to shreds. He is such an evil, cruel, vile person with NO Integrity and he can be very Disrespectful. He is heartless and Cold Blooded. He has a Mean Spirit. The guy didn’t even go to college, he barely graduated high school. He’s nothing but a peddler who stole money out of Camden and left the people in Poverty. Camden became the poorest city in America since Norcross has been in control.
    Norcross is a Master Manipulator, Liar and SOCIOPATH.

  • aaron