Several well-known BusinessWeek columnists and editors are among the 100 staffers Bloomberg has cut when the magazine’s ownership is transferred next month. Some of the names include senior reporter Stephen Baker, Technology & You columnist Steve Wildstrom, personal finance editor Lauren Young, engagement editor Shirley Brady and media columnist Jon Fine, TalkingBizNews reported (the site is keeping running count here), and most of the individuals announced their dismissals on their personal Twitter pages.
Fine had been chronicling McGraw-Hill’s sale of BusinessWeek until he began what he intended to be a six-month sabbatical. As he told his 3,348 Twitter followers earlier today, “some sabbaticals last longer than others: I will not be returning to BusinessWeek and my column once Bloomberg owns the mag.”
Brady, who was hired last year, tweeted to her 7,031 followers that she will be at her post through Dec. 1. In a post on his personal blog (via his Twitter page, which has 6,291 followers), Baker, who has been with the magazine for 23 years, said, he “just took the elevator to the 46th floor and got my termination from BusinessWeek.”
Wildstrom (2,370 followers on Twitter) expressed surprise at being cut. TBN quotes him saying that he was under the impression that Bloomberg would retain him and had been “devoting my efforts to planning the transition to Bloomberg rather than to the rest of my life