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Editor, ME of Fort Worth biz paper fired

December 5, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

The Fort Worth Weekly reports Wednesday that the editor and managing editor of the weekly Fort Worth Business Press have both been fired, two months after the paper was sold to an Ohio company.

Fort Worth Business PressWhen Brown Media bought the paper in September, it said it didn’t plan to make changes.

But the Weekly reported, “So, maybe it shouldn’t have been a huge surprise in late November when the new owners fired editor Bill Thompson and managing editor Anna Caplan. Hey, they’d waited two whole months!

“It was the way they did it, sources tell Static, that caught the two editors off guard. In both cases, the new owners delivered the pink slips without setting foot in the Biz Press newsroom. Thompson, the little birds said, was called to a meeting at the D/FW Airport Hyatt just before Thanksgiving to receive his share of humble pie. The following week, as Caplan worked to put out another issue, she got her own slice. When she asked about the game plan for replacing Thompson, the paper’s human relations staffer told her that he had a message to pass along to her: Caplan, too, should clean out her desk. The Ohio folks had made the decision without ever so much as meeting Caplan, much less talking to her about her performance. The Brown company honchos didn’t return Static’s calls on Tuesday.”

Read more here. Both Thompson and Caplan are still listed on the paper’s staff list.

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