Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Q&A: Los Angeles Times Publisher David Hiller

David Hiller has been in the hot seat ever since he was appointed publisher, president and chief executive of Tribune Co.'s Los Angeles Times in October 2006.

Hiller came on board after Tribune canned his popular [predecessor] Jeffrey Johnson, who had opposed further staff cuts at the newspaper. The following month, Hiller, who was previously publisher and CEO of the Chicago Tribune, fired Times Editor Dean Baquet for the same reason. A little more than a year later, he forced out Baquet's successor James O'Shea, also over budget differences.

If all of that wasn't enough, Hiller now reports to billionaire real estate mogul Sam Zell, who led a buyout of Tribune in December and has vowed to inject a more entrepreneurial culture at the company.

In an interview, Hiller talked about the challenges facing the Times and the newspaper industry. [Click for MORE]

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