UPDATES: Here is a link to WGBH-TV Channel 2's "Beat the Press" April 20 show, which covers the new paper's launch -- LAUNCH VIDEO. And NPR's Morning Edition carried a story from WBUR on BostonNow's first day of publication. The paper's website is now up here. And you can follow the interim editor's blog.
A veteran publisher launched a fourth daily newspaper for Boston -- BostonNOW / (ALT LINK) this one a free sheet that will compete head to head with Boston Metro under editor John Wilpers (pictured). Publisher Russell Pergament is a known quantity -- he built up the old Boston Tab chain of close-in-suburban free weeklies around Boston in the 1970s and 1980s, then sold to the competition -- Fidelity Group. More recently, he was publisher of Metro, then went to start AMNewYork with backing from Tribune Co. Now he's back in Boston. His top editor is John Wilpers.
Wilpers attended the MGP2006 summit in Amherst, July 1, 2006 (when he was still at the free Washington Examiner) another veteran of the so-called "free sheets" in both Boston and Washington, D.C. What does splitting the print market four ways mean for the economics or quality of journalism in Boston? Wilpers is saying that the plan is to pay (initially small amounts) blogging contributors of news to the BostonNOW website, and some of that will end up in print. Wilpers was also among participants in the New England News Forum's April 7 kickoff event in Lowell, OTHER LINKS TO ARTICLES ABOUT BOSTON NOW: