Wednesday, December 19, 2007

IN Newsweekly Mess Continues to Evolve

Current and former IN Newsweekly contributors and editors have succeeded in getting the word out about their list of grievances with HX Media, their CEO Matthew Bank and editor William Henderson with hits on Qweerty, PageOneQ and other blogs.

Boy in Bushwick's sources indicate that the publisher of the Washington Blade plans to spend a week in Boston to observe the paper and hopefully attempt to resolve these issues. Bank has so far failed to respond to the letter contributors send to him earlier this month but the questions about editorial integrity, a significant shift from news to nightlife coverage and current postings for a nightlife editor and an assistant to the weekly's business manager -- with a $200 per week freelancers budget -- remain more or less unanswered.

Another interesting fact emerged when a source inside HX Media said the company recently relocated to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's former office on West 35th Street in Manhattan's Fashion District. Coincidence? Probably. But this move, along with a recent party thrown to commemorate the New York Blade's 10th anniversary, confirms to many observers that their priorities remain out-of-line. Their own track record in Boston and elsewhere arguably confirms this unfortunate reality.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A 1997 article in a NY newspaper raised the question of whether Banks' "partner" and him made most of their profits off of illicit activity within the clubs they co-promoted.

Ask Michael Musto who benefited in more than free entrance about the "exciting" and "electric" experiences thanks to Banks' partner.

Some "lifestyles" (not gay) tend toward bleeding money out of the bank while their participants enjoy a 24/hour kind of lifestyle...

See that article for more information...