Will Unpacked be sent packing?
A quick programming note: True/Slant, which hosts Unpacked and lots of other blogs, just got bought by Forbes Media. (That’s the new boss at left.) Lewis Dvorkin, who runs this whole pretzel factory, just took questions from us bloggers in a conference call about what it means. Packer (and Brewer) fans, it’s not looking good.
Surprising no one, Lewis said that Forbes is going to overhaul True/Slant’s roster of blogs, keeping the ones that fit with its content and 86ing the ones that don’t. In my estimation, it’s pretty clear where Unpacked falls. “They actually have a fairly big operation when it comes to sports/athletes and their money, that sort of thing, but they’re really not covering the day-in-day-out of the sports world,” he said. (In case you’re wondering, Lewis said it was okay to quote from the call, although he didn’t sound thrilled about the idea.)
He did say that True/Slant will help migrate the blogs that aren’t chosen to enter the Promised Land onto new WordPress sites if their proprietors so choose. I’m not surprised by that generous touch. In the year I’ve been doing this blog, the folks in charge, particularly Coates Bateman, have been nothing but supportive, enthusiastic, friendly and available around the clock to a degree that makes me despair for their personal lives. Whether I’m writing for them or not, I wish them success.