Top editors out at LA Times; former TV executive named new CEO

New Publisher/CEO With No Newspaper Experience Named Amid Giant Shakeup At The LA Times

Top editors out at LA Times; former TV executive named new CEO

Levinsohn was also named chief executive officer, while Jim Kirk, former publisher and editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, was appointed interim editor while the newspaper seeks a new editor-in-chief, the company said Monday in a statement. Kirk left the Sun-Times last week to join Tronc, the owner of the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and several other regional American newspapers. Maharaj had served as the LAT's top editor since 2011, and added publisher to his title in 2016.

A shakeup Monday at the Los Angeles Times saw the paper's editor/publisher and several other high-ranking editors ousted amid plans to bring in former Yahoo and Fox exec as the new publisher.

The new leaders take over a news organization with flagging morale after years of management changes on top of huge shifts in consumer behavior that have roiled the entire newspaper industry. He is expected to work with Levinsohn in the search for a permanent editor-in-chief. "In my adult life, there is never been a more important time for journalism, for facts and for reporting".

The newspaper reported on Monday that Tronc, the parent company of the LA Times, had also removed three other high-level editors in what it described as a "dramatic shake-up" at the fifth largest newspaper in the USA with a circulation of about 500,000. "We have more to offer".

Since Tribune Company (now Tronc) bought Los Angeles Times parent Times Mirror in 2000 for $6.45 billion in stock and cash, Los Angeles and Chicago have frequently clashed, leading to departures of top editors and executives from the paper's West Coast jewel.

New Publisher/CEO With No Newspaper Experience Named Amid Giant Shakeup At The LA Times
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According to Dearborn, The Times is looking to step up its investment in Washington, D.C., along with making inroads into Asia and South America.

He was chief executive of Guggenheim Digital Media, where he managed such assets as the Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Adweek, before a change in direction there.

Levinsohn was most recently co-founder of boutique media consultancy Whisper Advisors and a senior adviser at Boston Consulting Group. In the second quarter Tronc's revenue declined 8.6%. "The L.A. Times brand is our brand that has a global reach and we just weren't getting there fast enough".

"During the last 28 years, it has been an honour working with the best journalists in a great American newsroom", Maharaj said in an email, quoted in the LA Times report. I am confident that together we will accelerate the Los Angeles Times' evolution and the digital transformation of tronc and produce its next stage of growth - always keeping our sights trained on our mission of producing ground-breaking and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism.

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