Boucher has been with the paper since 1991. He would neither confirm or deny Finke’s sourced tip, but as she writes, this would if true complete a huge double-whammy loss for the paper:
Boucher’s exit follows editor Davan Maharaj’s arrival and then a new entertainment editorial team announced June 20th. That was like moving deck chairs on the Titanic given that the newspaper has become lazy and irrelevant and its showbiz ads have fallen 25% every year as studio and theater chains abandon the publication. Seriously, folks, no Boucher and no [Patrick] Goldstein = no showbiz readers.
Although the LA Times has recently announced a number of managerial promotions, the Calendar section appears to be undergoing another one of it seismic shifts. Via Twitter, as well, Boucher did not exactly confirm the report:
*Update – 09/10/12: Finke confirmed today that Boucher is indeed moving on.
Previously on FishbowlLA:
LA Times Columnist Patrick Goldstein Quietly Says Goodbye
Hero Complex Gets Its Own Geek Show