Editor’s Notebook: Where’d We Go?
Ten years is a longtime for a website to remain in operation. It is thanks to all of you that we’ve been able to provide you with the most up-to-date, current and timely information relating to the genre of soap operas between our SON Community and our reporting team. Unfortunately, in the past month there hasn’t been much of any up-to-date, current or timely information relating to the genre of soap operas posted on Soap Opera Network by its reporting team. Why is that? It isn’t like there hasn’t been news to report, especially with the reign of Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, coming to a close in January after a year in which he canceled “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” Frank Valentini, executive producer, and Ron Carlivati, head writer, from “One Life to Live” will be taking over from Jill Farren Phelps and Garin Wolf as EP and Head Writer, respectively in the coming weeks. The Online Network (TOLN) is still looking to shop around funding/support for both “AMC” and “OLTL” following last month’s announcement that Prospect Park would “suspend” plans to put the programs online early next year. So what happened to Soap Opera Network and why did we not report on any of these breaking stories? It’s no one’s fault but my own.
Over the years I’ve taken unplanned “breaks” from the website due to personal issues that would surely rival any soap opera currently seen on television today. Previously, there were no precautions in place for when I would be gone and the staff would not know to do X, Y and/or Z in my absence. Being the face of the site and the primary contact between the soaps themselves and what eventually gets posted on the site from information we’ve gathered, there really was no way the site could function correctly without proper directives.
While I won’t go into specifics, I can say that one of the primary issues has been dealt with and should no longer be categorized as such. There are now directives in place that will ensure the sustainability of the site no matter the absence of any one individual, including myself. Additionally, we will be returning you to our regularly scheduled reporting, and for those of you who have emailed us worried about where we have gone, we thank you.
Editor in Chief