Creative Loafing CEO on New Papers: 'Why Would You Change Anything?'

august 21, 2007  08:42 am
Responding to fears that out-of-town owners will change the ethos of the Chicago Reader and Washington City Paper, Ben Eason tells the St. Petersburg Times that he doesn't want to make any major changes, because the papers "are already at the top of their game." He says his goal with the new six-paper chain is to create "a national platform, national quality technology, that features local content." Creative Loafing also doesn't "have a mandate to share editorial," according to Eason. "If you put your efficiency hat on, could one film reviewer do the same job for everybody? Perhaps, but that connection to film and the local community is something I'm proud of."