Though not quite as pause inducing as the Village Voice getting rid of its Dance Critic, the announcement that Arts and Entertainment reporter Joyce Kulhawik is being laid off from WBZ is slightly interesting for Boston Theatre. Kulhawik is one of the Elliot Norton Award Panelists.
I have no insight into the Elliot Norton Award Selection Committee, but unless Kulhawik lands another gig soon, she will be another one of the Norton Award judges that does not sit at a regular drama post. (Though Kulwahik was never considered a devoted playgoer.)
On a personal note, some of the WBZ layoffs were somewhat surprising, even to the media covering it. Bob Lobel and Joyce Kulhawik are really some of the last remnants of newscasters for my generation's childhood, but I guess that brand has outlived its usefulness, finally. The next generation will always have Maria Stephanos's skirts and boots to remember.
Lobel, as Dan Kennedy points out on his Media Nation blog, should be able to secure a new job.