deal, and explains why he thinks a change was long overdue.

Posted by at October 23, 2002 12:35 PM

I'm flattered. I used to be a populist media executive. "Rapacious media capitalist" will get me much higher-paying jobs! Thanks. I needed that.
And you're right that the paper is nice (see Matt's comment at Buzzmachine) and certainly handy on a train to Cannes.
But as a business, it's just not working as well these days, what with travel in the toilet and financed f'ed up and luxury a loser. Too bad but this is life.
As I once said to my editor at People: "I'm not your enemy. Reality is."
And, by the way, I think you're onto something about the IHT moving. You suggest Eastern Europe. I think the compromise will be Berlin.

Posted by: Jeff Jarvis at October 23, 2002 01:25 PM

Hypercapitalist Jeff -- They were all set to move 5-7 years ago, if memory served, and it was basically because of the joint-agreement inertia (coupled with a Parisian staff revolt) that they weren't able to. I *think* it was to somewhere in Germany, though it may have been to Prague (though that may have been my wishful thinking). Since prices are drastically cheaper in the Czech Republic, it would make some sense ... though Berlin might be the best psychological capital.

Posted by: Matt Welch at October 23, 2002 01:40 PM

Well, I've travelled internationally four times over the last two years, and with one exception (my cousin's dialup connection in Tokyo, where you pay per-minute charges for local calls) I had no Internet connection. (*) Believe me, this news junkie greatly appreciated the IHT, for it was all I had. It was far from an anachronism to me.

(*) Internet cafes were out of the question. My wife, who actually likes to see some of the country we're in, would not have appreciated that suggestion.

Posted by: Charles Kuffner at October 23, 2002 06:09 PM
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