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Meet The Press Reportedly Plans to Announce New Moderator Soon, Chuck Todd The Favorite (Politico / Playbook)
Chuck Todd, a political obsessive and rabid sports fan, is the likely successor to David Gregory as moderator of Meet The Press, with the change expected to be announced in coming weeks, according to top political sources. TVNewser Meet The Press has slipped to third among the Sunday public affairs shows. Todd is currently NBC’s chief White House correspondent and political director, as well as the anchor of the 9 a.m. Daily Rundown on MSNBC. FishbowlDC The New York Post’s Page Six first reported in late July that Gregory may soon be replaced. The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove later wrote in a follow-up piece that, “In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast.” TVNewser Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace appeared on MediaBuzz to give his thoughts on the rumors and the influence of Sunday shows today. “I think it’s lousy,” Wallace said about how NBC News is treating Gregory amid rumors of his imminent ousting. FishbowlDC “I think they either ought to say he’s our guy, we’re sticking by him, or they ought to get rid of him, but they shouldn’t put him in this limbo,” said Wallace.

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From LA Times Suitor to LA Times Publisher

AustinBeutnerPicWhen everyone and their brother was being mentioned as a possible bidder for Tribune newspapers in general and the Los Angeles Times in particular, Hillel Aron wrote a crackling summary article for LA Weekly. Today, an individual front-and-center in Aron’s piece – Austin Beutner - has been announced as the paper’s new publisher and CEO, taking over for Eddy Hartenstein:

In an interview Sunday, Beutner described himself as “a news junkie” who has read The Times regularly since he moved to Southern California in 2000.

“I start my morning with a bowl of cereal and the newspaper laid out on the table in front of me,” he said.

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Tribune Company Developing Its Own Tablet Device

Amidst a series of layoffs throughout the newspaper chain, the Tribune Company is apparently working on developing its own tablet computer. The tabloid will resemble Google’s Android system and will be free or largely discounted to subscribers of Tribune’s newspapers.

From CNN:

Eddy Hartenstein, Tribune’s chief executive, is the tablet’s biggest advocate, personally briefing people on his vision for the product, said four people familiar with the matter. He’s a longtime technologist, having founded DirecTV. Hartenstein also sits on the boards of Sirius XM Radio, data-storage provider SanDisk and semiconductor giant Broadcom.

“It’s Eddy’s baby,” said one person familiar with the plans.

As much as we hate the thought that journalists may have lost their jobs to help fund a technological gamble, the idea actually makes a lot of sense. It’s the cellphone model. And since Steve Jobs is totally putting the screws to media companies who want to sell content through the iPad, giving away a digital newspaper device, while saving on printing costs and keeping all the revenue that would go to Jobs, is a smart move.

H/T Romenesko

Tribune Company Consolidation Leaves Out the LA Times: Is a Sale On the Way?

Tribune Company announced some major consolidations in its publishing division today. Four major publishing jobs were just axed– executive vice president of Tribune Publishing Bob Gremillion, senior vice president of financial operations Harry Amsden, senior vice president of publishing strategy Naomi Sachs and Mike Gart, chief financial officer of Tribune Media Services–and were put in the hands of the Chicago Tribune Media Group’s publisher and chief executive–now Tribune Co. publishing division CEO–Tony Hunter.

Hunter’s new responsibilities will include manning the print and digital operations of the Sun Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and the Daily Press in Virginia. Noticeably absent from the centralized operation is the LA Times, which will remain under the control of president and chief operating officer Kathy Thomson.

This led the Wall Street Journal to wonder whether the Times is being shopped around.

Tribune put most of its major dailies under one umbrella, and conspicuously left the Los Angeles Times as its own entity with a separate executive overseer.

If Tribune wanted to sell the Los Angeles Times — and suitors have circled the newspaper in the past — the company may have created a perfect structure in which to do so.

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LA Times Publisher Made CEO of Tribune Co.

Eddy Hartenstein, publisher of the Los Angeles Times Media Group, has been promoted to head honcho of the Tribune Company. His official title is Company President and Chief Executive Officer.

Oddly enough, Hartenstein will also keep his current job as LA Times publisher. And he’ll continue to live in Los Angeles, even though the Tribune Co. is headquartered in Chicago.

From the LA Times announcement:

“The board feels strongly that it is in Tribune’s best interest to have one person providing strategic vision and day-to-day direction for the company and its employees as we prepare to emerge from the Chapter 11 process,” said Sam Zell, Tribune’s chairman.

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Kathy Thomson Tapped as COO of LATMG

Congrats on the new gig Kathy!

LOS ANGELES TIMES MEDIA GROUP NAMES KATHY THOMSON AS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

LOS ANGELES, May 6, 2011— The Los Angeles Times Media Group (LATMG) today announced that Kathy Thomson has been appointed as president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. In this newly created position, Thomson will report directly to Tribune Company President and Chief Executive Officer and Times Publisher and CEO Eddy Hartenstein and oversee the company’s growing portfolio of products, including all editorial, advertising sales, business services, marketing and operational functions.

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LA Times Publisher On the Stand in Tribune Company Bankruptcy Case

LA Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein took the stand today in the Tribune Company bankruptcy trial. Bloomberg was on site and filed a short dispatch describing Hartenstein’s testimony.

We found this little section especially revealing:

Hartenstein said the bankruptcy has prevented the company from keeping up with the rest of the publishing industry by consolidating operations, and has prevented the company from effectively pursuing new ventures with potential media partners.

“We are hampered and hobbled by the fact that we are still in bankruptcy,” Hartenstein said at the beginning of questioning by attorneys for Tribune.

Hmmm, doesn’t “consolidating operations” usually mean layoffs? The LA Times doesn’t seem to have had too much trouble with that in the past few years. And is Hartenstein implying that should Tribune emerge from bankruptcy under the company’s current plan we’re going to see more layoffs?

Or have we just lost our gift for corporate-speak? What else could “consolidating operations” mean?

Tribune Company COO Gerry Spector Steps Down

The Chicago Tribune‘s “Tower Ticker” blog is reporting Tribune Co. COO and Sam Zell pal Gerry Spector is stepping down at the end of the year. Chicago Tribune Media Group CEO Tony Hunter, LA Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein, Tribune Co. Chief Investment Officer Nils Larsen and Chapter 11 caretaker Don Liebentritt made a joint announcement yesterday.

“Gerry has been an important part of our success, and he has been a tireless champion of efficiency and innovation across the company,” the group said in a statement.

Don’t you just love that word efficiency? Which, ever since the advent of Reaganomics, is business speak for “layoffs.” We’re not just making that up. Given what the LA Times has been through in the past few years, doesn’t it make more sense? Spector was a “tireless champion of layoffs.”

Anyway, aside from laying people off, Spector also had an apparent fetish for Cosby sweaters. So, there’s that too.

What’s that saying about the door hitting something on the way out…?

Newspaper Circulation Shrinking Nationwide–LA Times Down 8.67%

The Audit Bureau of Circulations released its most recent report on newspaper circulation in America and the results were not pretty. Circulation was down 5% overall compared with figures from six months ago. Papers at the top of the food chain took major hits. The LA Times was down 8.67%, the NYT down 5.52% and the Washington Post down 6.43%. The Wall Street Journal was the only paper in the top 10 to post gains, growing its circulation by 1.82%.

In California, the San Diego Union-Tribune was down 7.39%, the San Francisco Chronicle got slaughtered, dropping 11.21%, while the San Jose Mercury News stayed flat.

Marc Lacter got a hold of LAT publisher Eddy Hartenstein‘s memo to staff regarding his paper’s shrinking numbers. Posted after the jump.

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Randy Michaels Out as Tribune CEO

In an anti-climatic decision, the Tribune Company board of directors got Randy Michaels to step down from his post as CEO.

The clock was ticking on Michaels’ tenure after allegations into his personal conduct and management style, leading to questions whether he was the right person to lead the company from bankruptcy.

Replacing Michaels is a four-person panel comprised of Tony Hunter and Eddy Hartenstein, publishers of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, respectively; Nils Larsen, the Tribune chief investment officer; and Don Liebentritt, chief restructing officer.

Michaels joined Tribune in 2007, shortly after longtime colleague Sam Zell took over the media company in a highly leveraged deal.

It remains to be seen if the Michaels dismissal will have an impact on Tribune-owned WPIX.

In recent weeks, the station, with news director Bill Carey at the helm, made major changes to their signature newscast—PIX News at Ten. Jodi Applegate replaced veterans Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

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