After referring to the “demise of the Times-Picayune” in an interview this morning with WWL radio host Tommy Tucker, John Georges said that “by Christmas time you’ll have a paper that you wish for.”
During the interview, Georges went into some detail on the changes he plans for The Advocate, which he acquired from the Manship family of Baton Rouge on April 30.
When asked by Tucker whether there would be “more of a New Orleans presence than the Advocate has now”, Georges replied,
When you say “New Orleans”, let’s talk about St. Tammany and the northshore, let’s talk about Jefferson Parish, metro New Orleans. New Orleans gets the name, but we all know that it takes all of us to make it a success.
Well, we want to applaud the Manships for stepping up, coming into New Orleans on short notice to fill the void left by the demise of the Times-Picayune.
We all know that this product needs to be more like the product that we all grew up with, so we’re going to have to improve the New Orleans product by adding more people, more content, more northshore news, more Jefferson Parish news, and our own obituaries, sports coverage. We know we have to do all these things.
I read the paper every day, I know what I miss, and also I’m out in the public more than most people, people recognize me, I go to parties, and everyone’s telling me what they miss and what they want. I don’t live in New Jersey, so I get to hear it every day, and I hope in a very few short months you’ll start to get the product you need.
Of course, I hired two veteran senior editors, Dan Shea and Peter Kovacs. They were the people at the Times-Picayune, the managing editors that made things happen, so they’re anxious.
Of course, change needs to be subtle, it can’t be radical and quick, but before, you know, let’s say by Christmas time you’ll have a paper that you wish for.
It looks like it will be a Blue Christmas for NOLA Media Group.