The Metro Times and Real Detroit Weekly announced that they will be merging into one publication... is this good or bad for Metro Detroit musicians, bands and events? The first questions that popped into my mind that I don't have answers to are 1) Will the new supermag with the Metro Times name on it be available at all the same locations where you used to pick one or the other up or just MT locations? 2) Which parts of each publication will stay or go and will readers be happy with their choices? 3) Did they merge to eliminate competition or because of money problems? I'm sure there are more that will emerge soon, as well. In the meantime, here is the post from Metro Times in it's entirety so you can judge for yourself.
The Detroit Metro Times, Detroit’s award-winning alternative weekly media company, is pleased to announce a new venture. Real Detroit Weekly, a Detroit-based alternative weekly paper since 1999, is merging with Detroit Metro Times today, making it the largest alternative newsweekly in Michigan. The new company will maintain the Metro Times name. Owner and publisher of Real Detroit Weekly, John Badanjek, will serve as president of events of the newly formed media company alongside Chris Keating, publisher of the Metro Times.
“Real Detroit Weekly has published the best in music and entertainment coverage for over 15 years,” says Badanjek. “We’re excited to join forces with the Metro Times to create a ‘superweekly’ that will offer metro Detroiters more music, art, political, dining and nightlife coverage than previously possible.
“With an aggressive increase in circulation, the new paper will be capable of serving the needs of both Metro Times and Real Detroit Weekly readers. The new paper will feature the Metro Times’ award-winning journalism combined with Real Detroit‘s cutting-edge stories.”
Of the merger, Keating says, “John and I are both excited to merge these brands into one. Undeniably, it’s great to have a partnership where we maintain local ownership as well as continue to employ the hard-working people that really make these two papers great. Moving forward, the new company will take the best of both from Real Detroit Weekly and Metro Times — print, digital and events — and re-launch into a stronger and more balanced voice for the greater Detroit community. John will continue to raise hell, as he’s been doing for the past 15 years, and also focus on expanding our audience through an increase in signature events.”
- Metro Times Staff
Their statement puts a very positive spin on it but how else would they spin it? I'm sure details about the reasons behind it will emerge in the coming days and weeks. Below is a link to another article by David Muller of MLive.Com.