Peter Barbey is wasting no time as the new owner of the Village Voice. Per an interview with Wall Street Journal Greater New York reporter Mike Vilensky, he’s nixed the thought of changing the print edition size, pitched to staff the concept of special themed inserts and decided it’s time for a major ad dollar shift:
Barbey plans to get rid of escort ads, a racy fixture of many an alt-weekly.
“Adult women can be escorts, that’s fine with me,” Mr. Barbey said, “but it’s not the kind of advertising that fits where we want go.”
Reading this latest piece about Barbey, it feels once again like nothing short of a media miracle that the Voice has found such a committed owner. The longtime fan of the publication says he wants to build the Voice back up to a place where “[journalism] careers are made.”
The 58-year-old steward of Pennsylvania’s Reading Eagle has a solid sense of humor, as is evident with many of his observations and answers. Read the full article here.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
New Voice Owner: ‘I’d Be Crazy for Buying It If I Didn’t Believe In It’