In his decade-plus as principal owner of the Red Sox, John Henry has demonstrated more than a passing interest in the public-relations aspects of the job.
So Henry’s ongoing silence about the other newspaper he bought last month along with The Boston Globe — the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester — strikes me as deliberate and potentially significant. It wouldn’t surprise me if he announced something soon — possibly a sale to local owners.
Henry’s lack of public interest in the T&G has caused some anxiety in Central Massachusetts, where it did not go unnoticed that his recent 2,900-word message to Globe readers made no mention of his other paper. Earlier this week the T&G reported that 25 legislators from the area had signed a letter imploring Henry to pay a visit — prompting George Donnelly, executive editor of the Boston Business Journal, to ask why the Globe hadn’t published anything about the letter.
Globe editor Brian McGrory told Donnelly that the legislators’ letter “is hardly news to the Globe’s readership.” Donnelly’s riposte: “Perhaps there’s some convoluted logic that has kept Henry from saying hello in Worcester. It’s tougher to divine a reason why the Globe isn’t covering this story.”
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