Fresh from stunning media watchers about the direction of the company, Local World has upset 50 former and current staff from the long-running Bristol arts and listings website Venue by shutting it down. Why?
In an expletive laden exit message, staff told Local World with brutal directness:
“You are to localism what urinal cake is to mountain freshness”.
Venue was founded in 1982 and was originally part of Northcliffe, until the merger with Iliffe when the firm became Local World. The Venue content will now be featured on the Bristol Post website to grow the digital audience.
I’m not really sure what the point is of getting rid of an established entertainment portal. You want to sell more adverts or something? Just beef up the content a bit, have a redesign. There are plenty of ways of doing it.
Dispensing with experienced staff who will have masses of local contacts doesn’t seem like a great idea to me. Not very local world, in fact.
Metro return for Local World ex-boss Auckland
Meanwhile, popular ex-YPN MD Steve Auckland, who left Local World as CEO suddenly last month, has bounced back into a job at his old company Metro….
Good luck to Steve. He and advertising supremo Mike Pennington were a good double act at YPN, entertaining the newsroom with regular high octane visits. Happy days!