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BREAKING NEWS: Ed Sperling, Deb Bulkeley out at Electronic News

Posted on | September 20, 2007 | No Comments


Just got off the horn with Ed Sperling at Electronic News who just got off the horn with his boss who sent Ed packing. Ed said fellow editor Debra Bulkeley, based in Waltham, Mass., also got the axe.
Sigh. Two more excellent electronics industry editors out in the cold.
You could see it coming when CMP slashed staff in June at EE Times. It was a tough cut but it was only a matter of time before executives at Reed did the same thing. Precedent counts for a lot.
But at the end of the day it’s not Alan Robinson at Reed or Paul Miller at CMP who are the ogres here. They’re trying to run their businesses. The problem is s the industry. It’s maturing and consolidating and it’s not supporting news any more.
That’s a shame because news is the conversation that drives innovation in the industry. That’s a problem for us all.

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  1. Brian
    September 20th, 2007 @ 5:30 pm

    I have to admit I felt a twinge, but — sadly — it’s like mourning the dissipation of a ghost.

    Brian Santo, EN 1984-87

  2. jeffweir
    September 21st, 2007 @ 9:42 pm

    Brian and Ed deserved a better fate. The issue here is not Dylan Thomas or Bob Dylan or any other imposter, but the fact that journalism has finally succumbed to realtime internet economics. Both men saw this coming, as did many others. To date, very few have come up with a business model that enables traditional print publishers to continue subsidizing good content creators in the face of dwindling advertising dollars.
    Ironically, the tech savvy engineering world of Silicon Valley won’t lament the passing of the EE tech trades until it’s too late — and then someone will have to create them all over again in order to provide a forum for discussion and commerce among the tech crowd.
    So stay tuned, Brian and Ed. I foresee an EN-2 and an EETimes 2 — the Sequels, down the road, brought to you by popular demand.

    Dick Wallace will probably run both of them !

    Stay the course…

  3. Jeff Dorsch
    September 23rd, 2007 @ 9:06 am

    This does seem like the end of the line for Electronic News, except as a brand, after 50 years. It’s been an undoing a long time in the making. I suspect Cahners/Reed never made a nickel out of the newspaper/news Web site.

  4. Fred
    October 24th, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

    Sorry to hear this about Ed. He and I go way, way back. All the way back to 1982 and the good old days of daily newspaper rowdiness in New Jersey. He was my boss twice over the years. We last worked together in 2001 at Ziff’s defunct SmartPartner. Then came the layoffs …. Good Luck Ed. Long live journalism.

  5. Anonymous
    December 23rd, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

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