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He acknowledged that the campaign to pressure VVM advertisers had impacted the company. Kalgoorlie siberian husky rescue part of the spinoff, Back classified will no longer appear in the weekly publications or their websites.
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Tobias would say only that he and fellow senior VVM editorial management executives have raised "some money from private investors" for Voice Media Group.
The Village Voice in New York has experienced a rash of high-profile layoffs and departures in the past year, including that of editor-in-chief Tony Ortega earlier this month. Ortega said he was leaving to pursue a publishing Nigerian prostitutes in St Albans for a book about the Church of Scientology. He declined interview requests.
Tobias said Voice Media Group was exploring the possibility of strategic partnership to raise revenue, but declined to specify any potential partners. Editing by Martin Howell and Mary Milliken.