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New TV: Inside the Montecito Journal Sale


Gwyn Lurie, the new editor-in-chief of the Montecito Journal, joins the panel this week and talks about engineering the $2.3 million sale of the venerable weekly to a group of local investors, including herself.

In her first extended comments about the sale outside her weekly Journal column, Gwyn also outlined her ambitious and enterprising agenda for 2020: repositioning the paper politically by balancing its longtime conservative editorial voice with more moderate and liberal perspectives; re-designing the print product’s layout and upgrading its content; launching an online platform and sponsoring community events, starting with a January debate between First District Supervisor Das Williams and challenger Laura Capps.

We were exhausted just hearing about all of it.

Josh Molina of Noozhawk graciously welcomes Lurie to the rough-and-tumble of SB’s media landscape, before providing a report on the SBPD’s new plan to restrict sales of single serve alcoholic beverages, in an effort to reduce quality of life street crime, and Delaney Smith reports on some of what she's found in digging into the mixed review performance of Cave Fire emergency communications and evacuation orders, as the Indy prepares to publish her big story next week.

Our 2019 season ends with each Newsmaker highlighting their top story of the year, and offering some crystal ball predictions about news events in the New Year (hint: The Dodgers don’t win the World Series, again) before Mr. Cranky Pants bids our loyal viewers and readers a happy and healthy holiday season. There were no injuries.

It’s all here right now on Newsmakers TV.

Images: The Crew of Newsmakers TV (L-R); Back row: JP Montalvo, Andrew Silver, Leigh Merrihew , Ryan Quinn; Front row: Mark Melson, Eliot Jacobson; The Panel and special guests (L-R) Josh and Meagan Molina; Delaney Smith; Gwyn Lurie; Mr. Cranky Pants


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