Philly Media Network – the company that owns the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com – which just announced massive layoffs earlier this month, is reportedly suing its current landlord at the company’s indiscernible home on 8th and Market because the landlord hasn’t installed signage yet as per the terms of their agreement (…). I’ll ignore the urge to laugh at the absurdity of misplaced priorities – the only signage at CB Sports LLC is a massive pile of baby stuff waiting to be assembled – and point you toward this Tweet from former Phillies beat writer and current metro reporter Matt Gelb (still employed!):
A day after story emerges that parent company of @PhillyInquirer is suing landlord, building becomes a sauna and phones stop working.
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) November 19, 2015
Glad to see things are going well. Although, it could be worse for Gelb et al. They could’ve been laid off, like:
Man, this sounds terrible. https://t.co/KXAj5dUkT8
— Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) November 19, 2015
Fun fact: When I started working there back in 2005, the woman running a training session with me and a handful of other new employees answered a question about health benefits (which was very good at the time) with, “What do you expect– we’re Hollywood!”– a reference to the company’s exalted status in the city. Things have gone straight downhill since then, it would seem.
UPDATE: Some anonymous party has taken aim at owner Gerry Lenfest and registered gerrylenfest.com and is tweeting under the handle (@gerrythegrinch). The website includes the following disclaimer: “This satirical site is in no way affiliated with cable magnate and philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest or his charitable foundation. After all, Lenfest is an honorable man who would never lay off 46 hardworking journalists around the holidays. We are talking about a smart, capable businessman. One who chose to double down and stay owner of Philadelphia Media Network despite multiple opportunities to recoup his investment and walk away, He stayed because he is dedicated to investigative reporting and quality journalism. Not for any ego-driven purposes whatsoever. If he had a massive ego, Mr. Lenfest would have registered GerryLenfest.com. But he didn’t. We were surprised as you are that that domain was available. If the real Gerry Lenfest however decides he wants to own his own site, we could be happy to entertain an offer. Opening bid: 46 jobs.”
Your papers of record, ladies and gentlemen.