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New Times takes over Village Voice Media

class=img_thumbleft>And the first business decision of the long-rumored new company , which will soon own City Pages? Feed the scoop to the New York Times , not its own reporters. So much for our vaunted "online efforts," which are to be headed by outgoing VVM CEO David Schneiderman (here's his memo , dated yesterday). I'm hoping new CEO Jim Larkin recognizes a good product when he sees one, and doesn't sydicate film reviews (which have been kicking more ass than usual lately), tell Steve to shut up, or put the kibosh on national cover stories such as our "New Orleans: Survivor Stories" package, which I consider one of City Pages' finest moments. In the meantime, doesn't the SF Weekly owe the San Francisco Bay Guardian an apology? Updates: more in the Star Tribune and the Washington Post . More commentary at Jeff Chang's blog. The Village Voice non-report and more discussion at ILM. Here's AAN's Comprehensive Guide to Merger Coverage . Hans at the Rake's take (and my response). Much more at the Seattle Weekly. Nashville Scene on the new boss . NPR story on the merger. New Strib piece on City Pages. Opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle. Really interesting New York Magazine profile of Mike Lacey, with some paraphrasing of Christgau. Nov. 28 Blotter : Merger gets okay from Justice Department. Dec. 5: Voice Editor Quits

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