Saturday, 14 February 2009

Kudos Bob Elliott

Kudos to Bob Elliott, the Toronto Sun's veteran baseball writer, for his "fond farewell" to Sheila Chidley in Friday's column.

Sheila and five other newsroom vets who took buyouts left the building this week. They were bid a fond adieu by numerous friends and colleagues at a party Wednesday night.

In his column, Elliott writes: "And finally, if you see us standing outside the Rogers Centre a lot this summer or notice Lance Hornby or Steve Buffery unable to get into the Air Canada Centre next season not to worry.

"It's just because THE real boss of our sports department and the department's crack secretary, Sheila Chidley, has left the building. Sheila looked after press credentials, expense accounts and about a million other things on a daily basis baby-sitting the department for 28 years."

As for the five other buyouts with decades of service and the Black Tuesday layoffs who left the building this week, not a word about any of them in the Sun this week.

We can always hope for a Sunday Sun sendoff for Lew Fournier (two paras in a Joe Warmington column to date), Bob McConachie, Kaarina Leinala, Sarah Green and Melinda Kryk et al.

But we've given up on management, expecting some sort of recognition for years and decades of dedicated service to the tabloid.

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