Monday, December 08, 2008

Russ Martin latest casualty as mainstream media continues to crash

So Russ Martin is the latest casualty in the trimming down of mainstream media, as media organizations all across the country wither in the current sorry economic times.  Seems Russ' employer decided to switch to an all-sports format (sports programming is cheaper to produce because you don't have to pay sports figures to come on interviews, while most other celebrities typically expect some sort of honorarium). 

This on the same day that Tribune Co. filed for bankruptcy and the New York Times announced that it was seeking to mortgage its office to raise cash.  And NBC recently announced that it was considering cutting hours, maybe even days, out of its programming schedule.

At least the movie theaters are doing well.  That happened in the 30s, too.