Byrne named editor in chief of BusinessWeek.com

Chris Roush

Chris Roush is the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He was previously Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in business journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication" and "Thinking Things Over," a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.

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  1. Sam Tampo says:

    So let me see if I understand it correctly. Mr. Byrne here did such a spectacular job running the day-to-day operations of Business Week magazine, with its 900,000+ readers, that he has now been “promoted” to run the website?

    Quite a promotion!

    Next promotion and he runs the mail room.

    Promotion after that and he runs the snack bar.

  2. hortense says:

    Sam Tambo, shouldn’t you be pursuing those “other opportunities” instead of wasting time posting snarky comments?

  3. April Watkins says:

    Sam Tampo –

    You got that one right. Byrne is a third rate hack. Everyone knows that. He goes from one mediocre position to the next – Business Week to Fast Company to Business Week. Yawn. Double yawn.
    Hortense – Are you the wife?

  4. 1221 says:

    The tragedy of this is the lesson other BusinessWeek staffers will draw from the fate of Kathy Rebello, who tried to move the magazine/Web site into the 21st century and was martyred by the Old Guard. And it worked, too! Kathy tripled clicks, pushed revenues through the roof, and integrated the Web site with the magazine. Yes, egos were bruised, but you can’t make an omlet without breakings eggs.

    Personally, I’m going to enjoy watching John Byrne attempt to dismantle the progress that was made. Fat chance! Kathy’s vision was the right one and she cemented it in place with personal bonds and absolute loyalty. Yes, she has suffered, but Byrne will suffer more. I promise you.

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