Friday, July 11, 2008
Raleigh, North Carolina's 's News & Observer reports that Raleigh's News & Observer is being sued by a subscriber angered by new staff cuts. Durham attorney Keith Hempstead alleges that he renewed his subscription just before the newspaper announced that it was cutting 70 staff members and reducing the number of pages devoted to news. Mr. Hempstead is claiming that the cuts constitute a breach of contract. He is also alleging fraud, because his subscription renewal was solicited just before the cuts were announced.
The lawsuit, is really a labor of love. Mr. Hempstead, a former reporter, realizes that he could simply cancel his subscription, but he is filing the suit in order to send a message to the companies that run newspapers that they need to be more mindful of their readers.
John Drescher, executive editor of The News & Observer, appreciates Mr. Hempstead's support for the newspaper, but he claims that Mr. Hempstead really owes the paper money, not the other way around. According to Drescher, "We've had some really good papers recently, and they're worth more than the 36 cents a day that Mr. Hempstead is paying us."
HT: Dan Barnhizer