You hate to hear about people in the news business getting laid off, even if they work for a competitor.
We’d heard about it last week, but Norm Clarke was the first to confirm it, using some social networking hints. The Greenspun Media Group’s four-month-old effort to bring video to the Web and cable via something called 702.tv has folded.
I’m not sure what that says about the economy, new media or what. Frankly, I’d never watched it and can only vaguely recall reading a mention of its launch in Greenspun’s Las Vegas Sun. I had to do a search on the Sun’s Web page to find a tiny link to it at the bottom.
Late Wednesday Brian Greenspun, who is listed as president of the company, sent an e-mail confirming the closure. My copy apparently was lost in the ether, but Ken Sands at the Poynter Institute got it and published it online.
“Greenspun Media Group canceled its weekly ‘702.tv’ program on Oct. 13, 2009. This situation is yet another reflection of events taking place nationally in both the media and the economy,” Sands quoted. “We remain committed to long-term objectives."
I think one of his long-term objectives is putting me in the unemployment line.