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Michael Ferro addresses Sun-Times Media employees in the paper's newsroom in January 2011.
When the Sunday Tribune
magazine from the Sunday Sun-Times
in 1994, I wrote a few lines
on this coup and commented, "Parade
fails every test of distinguished journalism but one: familiarity. Readers count on it."
By this measure, Splash
fails one more test than Parade
did. Yet once again a Sunday supplement is crossing the street. As was first reported
by Rob Feder, Splash
has just been snatched up by Tribune Publishing, now run by Michael Ferro. It was Ferro who launched Splash
in the Sun-Time
s in 2012 when he controlled that paper.
Let's tote up the score. Since forsaking the Sun-Times
in order to run Tribune Publishing, Ferro first stripped
his old paper of Splash
's editor, Susanna Homan, and put her in charge of Chicago
magazine. Next, he relieved the Sun-Times
altogether so he could add it to his Tribune
Companies that lose top executives dread the thought of the lost leaders taking their talents to the competition. The Sun-Times
might be the rare business that counted on it.