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Posted on Jul 15, 2008
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Los Angeles Times Publisher David Hiller is best known for firing people. Now Hiller himself is out of a job. The ousting was announced as the Times braced for another devastating round of staff cuts.

Meantime, the editor of another Sam Zell-owned newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, announced her resignation as that paper continues its own gutting.

While many newspapers are struggling with a changing media landscape, the L.A. Times has suffered particularly devastating losses, both in ad revenue and personnel.


Los Angeles Times:

Los Angeles Times Publisher David D. Hiller resigned Monday after a 21-month tenure that encompassed the departures of two Times editors and plans for the sharpest staff and production cuts in the newspaper’s history amid a continuing slide in advertising revenue.

Although newspapers across the country have been suffering severe revenue declines, The Times’ performance under Hiller has been particularly disappointing. The paper has experienced the steepest drop in cash flow of any in the Tribune chain of 11 daily newspapers. Hiller also acquired a reputation among Tribune brass as an indecisive leader, according to senior Times executives; The Times has been without an advertising manager since February, for example.

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By webbedouin, July 16, 2008 at 11:02 am Link to this comment

While it is so sad to watch the unfolding demise of the L.A. Times…

It truely can be said that they have no one to blame but themselves.

At the rate the Times is going it will not be too long before they are published weekly & distributed free.

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By yours truly, July 15, 2008 at 6:43 pm Link to this comment
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Good timing, the collapse of the LA Times & the rest of the print media.  Hopefully the fall of MSM will accelerate such that by election day the Internet & the alternative media will be where almost everyone goes to get their political information.  And then what sort of world?  It’ll be up to us.

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