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VNU Throws Out Nine Billboard Staffers and One Vibrator
— Tue, Aug 8, 2006 —

VNU Business Media has been trimming some hedges of at Billboard and Radio & Records mags. A 26-staffer-whacking to be exact.

Seventeen staffers were axed from R&R, and the remaining nine came from Billboard--several of whom were longtime employees. Among the top editors let go were 21-year veteran Ken Schlager, executive editor/editorial operations; 18-year vet Melinda Newman, deputy editor/West Coast bureau chief, and 17-year vet Phyllis Stark, Nashville????????s bureau chief.

The axings are chalked up to VNU acquiring R&R and merging the pub with their Billboard Radio Monitor, as well as "overlapping duties." Which may be fine for explaining that pub's cuts ... but we're going to speculate – you know, just for fun and not based on any notion of truth – that the source of the Billboard lay-offs had something to do with another situation.

Does anyone remember the green vibrator incident? Perhaps the cutting of Ken Schlager and crew had something to do with that.

However! If any of you out there know anything about who else, exactly, got a VNU pink slip in their office inbox this week, please let us know. After all, other editors and publishers can't come steal the jobs if they don't know they're open.



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In addition to the merger with R&R, parent VNU's 'Project Forward' aggressive cost-saving restructuring (http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/060808/20060808005625.html?.v=1) has far more to do with this than a spurious lawsuit.

Plus, the vibrator bit got tossed from the suit in its early stages, but was mentioned repeatedly in the press and blogosphere b/c it sounded salacious and there was not much else there. It was an offhand comment blown way out of proportion. Bad judgement? Sure, but not much more.

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