I don’t know if this will be an occasion for Schadenfreude within the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press newsrooms, but ex-publisher Par Ridder is off to Chicago, three years after he purloined PiPress internal documents moving to the Strib.
Needless to say, the release makes no mention of the court case, which cost the soon-to-be-bankrupt Strib millions. As you can imagine, hard-working employees who were trying to hang onto their jobs just loved that expense.
(Also, for nostalgia’s sake, the Par Excellence blog.)
Says Ridder in the release, “I am looking forward to being part of Chicago’s exciting business and media community, and honored to be part of the Clear Channel Outdoor organization.”
All I can say is, hang on to your hard drives, Windy City.
I’d heard just yesterday that Ridder’s Lake of the Isles manse had sold; it’s been on and off the market since the scandal, and I’m told the guy with the slick haircut took a financial haircut. Will try to confirm all that.