The Baton Rouge, La.-based Advocate announced Wednesday it was hiring four reporters from the Times-Picayune, a paper with which it is engaged in a growing newspaper war. In a May 2 interview, WWL-TV anchor Melanie Hebert passed on a viewer question to John Georges, The Advocate's new owner: Would he be interested in buying the Times-Picayune "You can't buy something that there's not a willing seller," Georges replied.
I tried to buy them. I sent word to them before the Advocate or during the Advocate and they weren't interested in selling.Advance, which owns the Times-Picayune, has repeatedly said the paper is not for sale. (more...)