The Tribune Company's Trimming of the L.A. Times
Cuts in personnel have become a way of life at the LA Times. Since Chicago-based Tribune Co. bought the paper in 2000, the newsroom has shrunk more than 20%, from about 1,200 people to roughly 940. Last year, the paper's much-respected editor John Carroll, left amid disagreements with the owners over their bottom line priorities. In September 2006, the company asked for another 100-plus in staff reductions, but employees of the paper and prominent Los Angeles citizens came back with a simple reply, “No.”
That same month, a group of 20 civic leaders wrote a letter to Tribune Co. chair Dennis FitzSimons arguing against further reductions and suggesting “perhaps a different mode of ownership would better serve Los Angeles.” In an extraordinary public statement in their own paper, Times Editor Dean Baquet, joined by publisher Jeffrey Johnson, were quoted flatly disagreeing with Tribune about further cutbacks. In early October, Johnson was ousted by the Tribune Co. while Baquet is staying on, at least for now. In the meantime, the Tribune Co. continues to debate whether and how to restructure.
The following articles have been collected by PEJ to chronicle the chain of events and reactions at the Los Angeles Times and its parent company. This list will be updated over time.
Chicago Ties Link Tribune Directors
No Slick Way Out for Tribune
Forget the L.A. Times; How About a National Tribune?
Superman I'm not, says former L.A. publisher
Tribune Tightens Grip on L.A. Times
Personable Newspaper Executive Ultimately a 'Business Guy'
Tribune ousts L.A. publisher
Los Angeles Times publisher resigns
Publisher Jeffrey Johnson Out at 'Los Angeles Times'
Serene Dean Baquet Has a Birthday Cake In L.A. Times Newsroom
Tribune Co. names 2 strategic advisers
Baltimore joins chorus against Tribune Co. cuts
Analyst: Potential Tribune Moves Unlikely to Raise Shareholder Value
Absentee owners skew the coverage
The Men Who Would Own the L.A. Times
At Los Angeles Times, a Civil Executive Rebellion
The Case for Citizen Ownership of the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times Resists Cost-cutting Measures
L.A. Times Editor Crosses the Bottom Line
Tribune Defends Its Ownership of The Times
The Times, Tribune and the City
Tribune CEO says company will support LA Times
What's the Tribune Target for 'L.A. Times' Jobs Cuts?
Tribune Faces Pressure To Sell Los Angeles Paper
All's not quiet on Tribune's Western Front
Los Angeles Times Editor Openly Defies Owner’s Call for Job Cuts
Tribune Co., Chandlers closing in on deal
Tribune, Chandlers Near Settlement Over Partnerships
Local Leaders Urge Owner of The Times to Avoid Cuts
L.A. Civic Leaders Send Protest Letter to Tribune About 'LA Times' Cuts
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