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February 09, 2011



Hi Mark. I'd say it's premature at this point to say TBD is dead. We're still figuring out a lot internally about the shifts to come, but we have a talented staff that's staying on board to keep doing what we do. No jobs have been cut and the site isn't folding, so please don't bury us just yet.

Mark Potts

Thanks, and point taken--in fact, I was literally changing the language in the lead when your comment came in. But let's face it: TBD is on its way to being just another local TV site.


I really don't think so. With WJLA getting their own site, I think there's potential there for TBD to be even more TBD-esque than it already is. We have some great writers and editors here, and it they're let loose to do their thing, it could be really great.


Maybe TBD Sales Dept and Executives underestimated the talent of local bloggers and their ability to understand the niche and any past experience to sell the network for them on 100% commission only. No base salary, but for only ads sold - I could have sold this network from home! Cost is zero until ads are sold. How many options were considered before they ignored the network and didn't plan on telling anyone. I don't care how many years it's been since I was employed in sales, but sales is sales period!


Honestly, I haven't given TBD much thought since Jim left. His involvement gave the project a lot of credibility.

I work in D.C. and the other day a colleague asked, "Whatever happened to TBD?" Maybe the perception is worse than the reality here, but you know what they say about perception.

It's a real crime that old-media stupidity and jealously continue to stunt the growth of new media. Until we replace legacy management with people who understand that the world has changed, these disasters will continue.

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