Will hyper-local news site Patch close on Oct. 7?

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According to a post on JimRomenesko.com, Bud Rosenthal, the new CEO of AOL’s Patch, told employees in a memo sent on Friday that a number of Patch sites will have to be closed, with a handful of sites closing on October 7.

I’m not sure what that means for the once-bustling St. Pete site. Then again, Patch has not been the same since it implemented a new content management system. Many bloggers have stopped using the site because of the “upgrade” problems. Also, readers have complained about the lack of news and ability to find relevant material.

This blog already hired away former Patch editor Linda Hersey, leaving intrepid blogger/reporter William Mansell to manage what’s left of St. Pete Patch.


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.