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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Democrat-Gazette drops Gene Lyons

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM

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Gene Lyons' column this week in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will be his last. He was notified of the end of some 18 years of weekly column writing on Monday by editorial page editor Paul Greenberg. Greenberg cited budget concerns, Lyons said.

The savings from ending Lyons' once-a-week column will be offset, however, by expenses for the daily newspaper's new arrangement with John Brummett, who goes on the payroll as an independent contractor after his current employment with Stephens Media ends Oct. 20. The D-G earlier had dropped Pat Lynch as a weekly column contributor. Brummett is to write three columns a week for the print edition. No word yet if that could affect appearances by Bradley Gitz, Dana Kelley or Mike Masterson.

Computer owners (which, I presume most people reading this are) need not be depressed. Lyons remains available at a number of syndicate locations, notably Salon. And it's free, unlike at the D-G, where a subscription was required to read him in the paper or on-line.

UPDATE: The Arkansas Times will be adding Gene's column to our on-line offerings NEXT WEEK.

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