FOR THE RECORD:
Good bye, and good riddance. Time to say ‘goodbye‘ to the old cr3w, and welcome a new day.
APTV has NOT yet achieved its potential.
That new and glorious day is ahead.
They have NOT led APTV to glory.
The problem is, it was only once, and a very long time ago.
And we’ve been scraping the bottom of the barrel ever since.
For example, why did APTV close the long-time Montgomery bureau, only to open a Washington, D.C. bureau?
Be sure to ask that of the fired CFO Pauline Howland & fired Executive Director Alan Pizzato. They’re likely to know.
Bear this in mind as well, my commentary, while critical, is in no way reflective upon those individuals as human beings. That is to say, I have no ‘axe to grind’ with any of them, and I have no reason to suspect or imagine that they’re anything other than fine people.
However, they have a job to do, and APTV has been sucking wind for way too long.
In the competitive arena, if you don’t earn market share or provide value, your business dwindles. Keep that up, and the CEO’s head will roll, along with the COO, CFO, and possibly members of the Board of Directors, as well.
And that’s exactly what has happened.
It’s time to change.
To that denunciation, I add this additional withering criticism: The second story indicates that Mr. “Grantham told reporters that commission chairman Ferris Stephens instructed him that he was no longer allowed to talk to the media about the recent upheaval at APT.“
That is an illegal act.
And someone like Ferris Stephens ought to know better than to do something as stupid as that, because he’s an Assistant Attorney General at the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.
Not only is the management of the network a matter of PUBLIC RECORD, but the employees have Freedom of Speech rights under the First Amendment.
Particularly, according to Rankin v. McPherson, 483 U.S. 378, 384 (1987) “The threshold question . . . is whether [an employee's] speech may be ‘fairly characterized as constituting speech on a matter of public concern.’” There is little doubt that Mr. Grantham’s public speech may certainly be characterized as being on a matter of public concern.