Published on Saturday, 23 October 2010 12:43
With the recent resignations of Tribune Company's Chief Executive Officer Randy Michaels and Chief Innovations Officer Lee Abrams, as well as with the onslaught of negative Tribune publicity Randy Michaels has brought to the company and which was recently brought to the general public's attention, the Chicago Tribune is doing all it can to distance itself from the negativity.
In this weekend's Chicago Tribune, the following open letter is being printed, in an attempt to relieve some of the concerns faithful readers may have about the troubled company.
Given the recent coverage of Tribune Co., the corporate parent of Chicago Tribune Media Group, we want to address questions regarding our culture and work environment. We can assure you that the Chicago Tribune Media Group, which operates this newspaper and many other print and digital products, is built on integrity, honesty and professional decorum.
We hold ourselves to a high standard of conduct and always have. Our ability to deliver on your expectations is driven by our talented employees and their commitment to these principles:
We believe everyone should be treated fairly and work in a respectful workplace.
We are focused on creating an innovative and collaborative environment.
We believe and invest in communication, actively listening to employees and customers.
The Chicago Tribune is dedicated to bringing you news and information that are relevant, engaging and unique. We stand up for the community every day through our watchdog reporting, which is holding government accountable and driving change across the region and state.
We're Chicago's leading marketplace, connecting consumers with the goods and services of our advertisers. The Chicago Tribune Media Group delivers results for clients by offering customized solutions through the widest reach of any media company in Chicagoland.
We're passionate about meeting customer expectations and value your feedback. You can reach us by e-mailing
Thank you for your loyalty.
Tony Hunter, President, Publisher and CEO
Bill Adee, Vice President, Digital Development and Operations
Becky Brubaker, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Distribution
Phil Doherty, Vice President, Finance, and CFO
Bob Fleck, Senior Vice President, Advertising
Janice Jacobs, Vice President, Human Resources
Gerould Kern, Senior Vice President, Editor
Brad Moore, Vice President, Targeted Media
Kathleen O'Hara, Vice President, Marketing
Lou Tazioli, President and General Manager, Tribune Direct
One has to wonder if the writer of this open letter was able to keep a straight face while describing the company's "integrity, honesty and professional decorum," something it has surely been lacking in many executive areas over the last three years.
As the negative press continues to be written and as a new regime takes over, look for plenty more of these type of letters to be published, as Tribune Company tries to distance itself from the mistake of having Randy Michaels as its CEO.