Boston Herald Covers Barstool Sports But Not Globe

January 8, 2016

Wait, what?

Apparently the fraidy local tabloid, which has resolutely refused to report or opine on the Boston Globe’s current home delivery meltdown, has plenty of time to cover the meanderings of sexist laddie site Barstool Sports.

Barstool Sports sells majority stake to NY group

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Barstool Sports founder and CEO David Portnoy announced today that he has sold a majority stake in his company to New York’s The Chemin Group.

Portnoy, announced he was selling a 51 percent stake in his company in an “emergency press conference” video filmed in Times Square.

The deal is valued at somewhere between $10 million and $15 million.

 

But still nothing from the Herald on the Biggest. Snafu. Ever at its crosstown rival?

That’s messed up, yo.

P.S. The hardlyreading staff hardly has to say it, but no Globe today, either. We’re now 4-for-12 in the Great Boston Meltdown.


Boston Globe Can’t Even Deliver ePaper Right

January 6, 2016

As the hardlyreading staff noted the other day, just as delivery of the Boston Globe print edition went Chernobyl, the lately local broadsheet also introduced a redesigned ePaper.

To wit:

 

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Concerning the redesign we wrote this:

Are we the only ones who think the new Globe ePaper is a classic case of schlimmbesserung? You know, to make worse by trying to improve?

 

Apparently we are not. From splendid reader Bill from Salem, MA:

It’s an insult to sell [the change in home-delivery distributors] as a benefit to subscribers when it was nothing more than switching to a lowball competitor. Wanna bet it’s the same deal with the recent change of the e-paper interface from the excellent NewspaperDirect platform to the new, infuriatingly clunky “improved” version – unreadable menus, incomplete menu listings, starts with yesterday’s edition, no jumpline links, hidden page thumbnails, etc., etc.

 

Absolutely right. The whole format is so user-unfriendly, the grassy knollers will soon be claiming that it’s a plot to drive readers to the print edition.

P.S. In their wisdom, the Globeniks have switched the entire ePaper archive to the new format too. A real bunch of Einsteins, eh?


Globe Cries ‘Uncle’, Goes Back to Old Distributor

January 6, 2016

Rule #1: Don’t trust anything Boston Globe executives say these days.

Exhibit A: Here’s what Globe CEO Mike Sheehan said on WGBH’s Greater Boston Monday night:

Mike Sheehan: Part of those options we’re considering are dividing up those [undelivered] areas and bringing in some other distributors to help and getting this solved very very fast.

Jim Braude: You couldn’t undo this and just go back to the prior company?

MS: No – no, ACI is doing a very good job in certain geographies.

 

Then again, there’s this in today’s lately local broadsheet:

Globe splits deliveries between two companies

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After more than a week of confounding problems getting newspapers to subscribers, The Boston Globe has turned to its former distribution partner to handle about half of its home deliveries across the region, Globe chief executive officer Mike Sheehan said on Tuesday.

The deal with Publishers Circulation Fulfillment Inc. follows an unexpectedly difficult rollout for the Globe’s new distribution firm, ACI Media Group Inc., which left tens of thousands of newspapers undelivered in its first week after taking over distribution within the Boston region on Dec. 28.

 

So, to recap: The Globe tore the sheets with former distributor Publishers Circulation Fulfillment in order to hook up with new squeeze (the drivers) ACI Media, but now the Globe and PCF are friends with benefits.

Not to get technical about it, but Mike Sheehan seems to be telling the truth a little bit at a time.

Rule #2: Don’t expect the Boston Herald to tell you anything about the Globe delivery meltdown.

Once again, the fraidy local tabloid is a day late, dolor short. Ignoring a major malfunction by your crosstown rival is not just bad journalism, it’s bad business. But at least they’re consistent.

Rule #3: Don’t expect the Globe’s publisher to stand the gaffe.

After a long hibernation, Boston GlobeSox owner John Henry – finally – weighs in today with this mealy-mouthed Letter From the Publisher.

We apologize to our loyal readers

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The Globe’s responsibility to this community is to bring it the news. I would like to share some news now about why we have failed to meet this objective for many readers over the past 10 days, how we are working to fix the problems, and a bit about the root causes.

First, I want to personally apologize to every Boston Globe subscriber who has been inconvenienced. We recognize that you depend on us, and that we’ve let you down. We’re working around the clock on a variety of fronts to solve this. To that end, I also want to thank everyone at the Globe who pitched in to get some 20,000 Sunday papers delivered last weekend.

Getting a daily newspaper to your front door is a complicated exercise in logistics .  . .

 

And blah blah blah . . .

Helpful hint: Wear asbestos glove while reading the comments.

Rule the Last: When the paper you own goes Chernobyl, don’t turtle for 10 days, then tell us how tough your job is. It’s just not manly.

UPDATE: Totally forgot (since it’s become so routine) – no Globe today. The “delivery delay” list is down to 91, but the hardlyreading staff is still on it.


Bumbling Boston Globe Adds Insult to Spinjury

January 1, 2016

Well the hardlyreading staff once again got no Boston Globe delivered to our unhappy home today. Here’s the latest lame excuse posted on the hately local broadsheet’s website:

 

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Once again the paper lists 90 locales where there are “delivery delays” – that means “no paper” in Globespeak. Except it should be 91, since once again Brookline is left out (in more ways than one).

To make matters even worse, we got this email a couple of hours ago:

 

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Seriously?

Two questions:

  1. Why has the Boston Herald still not covered this story? (And, yes, we did get our copy of the fraidy local tabloid today.)
  2. The Globe is offering “full refunds to those subscribers who do not receive newspapers.” But what about Globe advertisers? Are they getting refunds too?

Seems only fair, eh?


Boston Herald Subscription: Biggest. Waste. Ever. (VI)

May 19, 2014

As the hardlyreading staff noted this past weekend, our front porch failed to nestle a Boston Herald delivery either Friday or Saturday.

But yesterday the twicey local tabloid tried to make up for it by delivering two copies of the Sunday edition.

Page One of the first:

 

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Just for the record, Page One of the second:

 

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Okay, we’re done now.