Pat Purcell

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The Murdoch Globe? The Barnicle Globe?

So speculates the Boston Business Journal,  which throws out a few other names as possible buye...
By Adam Reilly  |  April 06, 2009

A fat, glossy, unexpected love letter to Obama

Quick: guess which Boston paper is marking Barack Obama's win with a 32-page glossy publication, tit...
By Adam Reilly  |  January 21, 2009

Jack Connors: No Globe for me! Plus: FT, WTF?

That's the most important point of this Globe business update. If Connors is telling the truth, then...
By Adam Reilly  |  December 29, 2008

The FT's funky Globe-Herald rumor

Might Boston be in for a colossal media makeover? So suggests the Financial Times: The New York Time...
By Adam Reilly  |  December 27, 2008

DQM takes to the airwaves

 Tonight at 7 on WGBH Channel 2, I'll be chatting with Emily Rooney, Joe Sciacca, Kara Miller,...
By Adam Reilly  |  December 05, 2008

Pat Purcell's mysterious new job

The Boston Herald reports that owner/publisher Pat Purcell has a new gig as executive chairman of th...
By Adam Reilly  |  December 02, 2008


Vanishing Boston

The Boston we live in today will be gone someday, but there's still time to get to know it in all its uniqueness.
A field guide to Boston's 'lasting' treasures — to be enjoyed before they're razed in favor of chain stores


Once upon a time, two daily newspapers battled in Boston.
How Herald  publisher Pat Purcell could pitch inside — and brush back the Globe
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 07, 2008

When Rupert came to Boston

Just how badly will Rupert Murdoch screw up the Wall Street Journal ?
Revisiting the lessons of Murdoch’s Herald
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 08, 2007

Leftward ho!

The Daily Worker has nothing to fear — yet.
How liberal can the Herald’s editorial page get?
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 06, 2007

Brave new world? recently hired two India-based reporters (combined salary: approximately $19,000) to cover the Pasadena City Council. Could it happen here?
Adventures in outsourcing, or, Why the Herald should move to Mumbai
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 16, 2007


Judge Dread

A few hours after the Massachusetts SJC upheld his 2005 triumph in a libel case against the Boston Herald , Superior Court judge Ernest Murphy waxed dramatic.
The SJC’s libel ruling won’t cripple the media — but it could seriously hurt the Herald
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 09, 2007

Tabloid dreams

These are dark days in the newspaper business as a whole, but things are especially grim over at Herald Square.
Can Kevin Convey rescue the Herald ?
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 30, 2006

The incredible shrinking newsroom

As the fiscal year ends over at the Boston Herald , there’s serious anxiety at One Herald Square.
Herald cuts
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  June 21, 2006

Liberty or Death

“You bet we’re alive — and kicking!” declared the headline on Herald owner Pat Purcell’s feisty message to readers on Monday.
Pat Purcell’s sale of CNC adds a mysterious new player to the media market
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  May 11, 2006

High noon at the Herald

Pat Purcell’s speech last Friday at a UMass Boston conference on ethnic media was auspiciously timed.
If Purcell sells off the suburbs, what will happen to his big-city tab?  
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  March 30, 2006


Let it bleed

The horrific New York murder of 24-year-old Imette St. Guillen pitted the city’s two major dailies against each other in ways that reflect the strengths and weaknesses, as well as the editorial philosophies, of the two rivals.
When a pretty Boston woman is murdered in New York, the Boston dailies go to war
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  March 22, 2006

Globe-al anxiety

There were more lumps of coal than holiday cheer at 135 Morrissey Boulevard this Christmas season.
The Boston Globe is going through its biggest shake-up in 30 years. What will it mean for the paper, the editor, the remaining staff, and the city itself?
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  January 14, 2006