Columnist Tom Dorsey fired from Courier-Journal

Published: Aug. 25, 2008 at 8:50 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2008 at 3:21 PM EDT
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Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Courier-Journal Monday terminated the employment of longtime media critic Tom Dorsey, telling him the paper was "eliminating the TV columnist position."

Dorsey, who has been the C-J's radio-TV critic for 32 years, says he doesn't understand the decision.

"I'm a bit at a loss", Dorsey told WAVE 3. "I don't know if the decision was made locally or at the corporate level," although Dorsey said he suspects it was a corporate level move.

The Courier-Journal is owned by the Gannett Company, which publishes 85 daily newspapers in the U.S., including USA Today.

Dorsey told WAVE 3 that he "loved every minute" of his job at the C-J.

"I got up at 3 a.m. every day to meet my 8 o'clock deadline," Dorsey said.

According to Dorsey, he was told recently that research showed his column was the most popular column in the paper. He started working at the Courier-Journal in 1976, when the paper was owned by the Bingham family.

Dorsey said an e-mail went out to employees last week saying some cuts would be necessary. He says many larger metropolitan daily newspapers have reduced staff and eliminated the position of TV critic. When Dorsey received a phone call at home Monday morning asking him to come in and meet with management and the human resources director, he suspected then that his job was being eliminated.

The 72-year-old Dorsey said he would have stayed on at the paper if they had not made the decision to do away with his position. He said he is not bitter or angry toward anyone there and that he does not take it personally, noting that it's the "economics of the news business."

Dorsey's column appeared six days a week in the C-J Feature's section.