Scoop: Charlie Deitch in Talks to Launch New Alt-Weekly?

In follow-up to my blog post about protesting the City Paper’s ‘Best of Pittsburgh’ awards, I heard an interesting snippet: recently dismissed editor Charlie Deitch is in talks with local folks (investors) to launch a new alt-weekly in Pittsburgh.

I spoke with Charlie about this rumor and he responded

I am working closely with Rick Schweikert. And we are very seriously considering launching a 100% independent alt-weekly. We have been talking to a very diverse group of individuals about becoming involved in this. This will be a media company representative of the community that it covers.

Charlie will be on the John McIntyre show tonight on KDKA AM between 8 and 10 PM to discuss this and other current topics.

Could a second alt-weekly thrive in Pittsburgh?

I’ll explore that in more detail in a follow up blog post.