Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Zell The Manager

The back and forth between another newly dismissed Los Angeles Times editor who refused to carry out another round of budget cuts and the publisher who ordered the cuts has a familiar ring.

The details of the argument aren’t the issue. There are no easy solutions, but our sympathies must lie with outgoing editor James E. O’Shea, quoted here in The Wall Street Journal, who joins Dean Baquet and John Carroll as editors who pushed back against the Tribune Co.’s unimaginative culture of retreat and retrenchment, then departed

“We need to change course and try something different because we’ve been cutting and cutting little by little over the last five years, and it hasn’t done a damn bit of good,” Mr. O’Shea said. “This paper at one time had 1,190 full-time employees. Now it is in the 800s. It has cut 6,000 pages of newsprint on the paper over the last several years.” [Click for MORE]
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> Why would anyone take the LAT editor's job at this point?
> O'Shea's memo "more for the history books than the future"
> Tierney to unions: Philly papers need to cut costs by 10%
> Teamsters say they'll fight Seattle Times' outsourcing plan
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