My career at the Los Angeles Times began on August 3, 1972, and the Sunday circulation of our newspaper always surpassed the million mark my entire career. This unfortunately changed on Sunday June 7, 2009 when circulation eased below one million copies.
Here’s a headline from the Los Angeles Times Media Center:
1961 Sunday circulation breaks the one-million mark several times during the year.
Eddy Hartenstein was brought on board as publisher of the Los Angeles Times on August 18th, 2008 to stem the bleeding at the newspaper. Just like his three Tribune Company predecessors, the blood flow has not stopped or even slowed.
With circulation and advertising descending on a daily basis at the Los Angeles Times will our publisher resort to cutting expenses by reducing the size of the workforce to increase revenue, one more time?
On Sunday June 7th, 2009 the Los Angeles Times distributed 584,310 West edition newspapers, 404,352 East Edition newspapers, for a total distribution of 988,662 Sunday newspapers.
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Newsroom sources say that as of Tuesday, publisher Eddy Hartenstein had OK’d giving over all of column six – the right-hand column where the day’s lede story runs – to NBC. That ad would have run the whole length of the most valuable news column, then across the bottom of the page in a reverse L. Strenuous objections from newsroom leaders were reportedly joined by some key ad department people, who thought that soiling the LAT brand in such an unprecedented way would do more harm than good to the bottom line.
Yes, we’re a few days late with this, but we were busy atoning for our sins. Looks like we have another sin to apologize for: The sin of not getting this to you sooner. Check out Roy Rivenburg‘s latest “edition” of Not The L.A. Times:
Determined to quash “treasonous” leaks to a local journalism blog, L.A. Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein has grounded the entire newsroom for a month, revoking their TV privileges and forbidding them from going to the Homecoming dance next Friday.
LA Observed’s Kevin Roderick‘s ‘sources’ – man/woman/animal lover on the inside at the LAT’s – job has been threatened. His Deep Throat is in Deep Shit. Which makes for the perfect civil disobedient – alas most self-important post we’ve ever read:
I’ve never felt the need to do this before, but it seems prudent to alert the Los Angeles Times staffers who help me stay informed about the inner workings of the paper. According to multiple sources at the Times, new publisher Eddy Hartenstein has been calling it “treason” for employees to share information with LA Observed. Now, it’s easy to dismiss his rhetoric as beginner jitters – history has seen plenty of media publishers who naively try to muzzle the journalists who work for them, only to learn that it can’t be done.
And he goes on:
So take precautions – use your personal email, our PO box, or pick up the phone – and don’t presume they aren’t watching. And be assured that I will continue to report accurately on the Times with your help and, as always, will never divulge my sources.
We will never divulge our sources either…or write a post about how we will never divulge our sources. In fact, if anyone threatens to play ‘whack-a-mole’ with the people that give us info – we will never make a post about it and make a delicate issue – more dramatic and complicated. But hey, that’s just us.
I’m pleased to announce that Jim Newton has agreed to return to The Times to resume his duties as editor of the editorial pages. You all know Jim, so no introduction is needed. I would like to note that his decision to rejoin our enterprise, despite the demands of his book-writing career, is a vote of confidence in what we are trying to accomplish.
He’ll start on Monday and report to me. In the meantime, Jim asked that I send along this note:
“As you all know, The Times has a special claim on my heart and I’m convinced that Eddy represents our best chance for sustaining and building great journalism. Given that, I’m delighted that he’s offered me the chance to return, and I’m thrilled to move back into my old office — the best in the building. See you all in a few days.”
Please join me in welcoming Jim back to the team.
As one staffer put it to us: “Wow.”
McKibben will be the LAT’s Chief Revenue Officer… which should be a pretty easy job seeing how there are fewer numbers to add up with each passing year.
“Scott already knows all the key players in our industry and how newspapers workâ€”no learning curve here.”
Our favorite fake newspaper is back (no offense to The Onion). Here are some highlights:
LAT Goes HD, Adds Porn: “L.A. Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein announced the paper would switch to ‘high definition digital newsprint’ and charge extra for ‘premium’ sections devoted to sports, movies and porn.”
New L.A. Times Publisher Eddy Hartenstein sent the staff the following good morning:
As an avid reader of The Times for more than 45 years, I never dreamed that I would awake one morning to find my name at the top of the masthead. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this venerable institution, humbled to be in the building where journalists ply their noble craft, and sober to the difficult economic realities of the newspaper business.
You will find that I manage by walking around, try to listen more than speak, make decisions quickly after hearing all sides, and am not afraid to reverse course if we happen to stumble into the cauldron of unintended consequences.
We need to continue to be many things to many people, with the utmost urgency, and without ever sacrificing our integrity. I took this job because I firmly believe that we, the women and men of the Los Angeles Times, can show the rest of the world how the Fourth Estate can not only survive, but thrive in the 21st century. Whether our journalism is delivered electronically, on latimes.com, in the printed paper, or through some other medium, a vibrant newsroom is essential to our mission.
Please join me for an all-hands meeting this afternoon at 3 p.m. in the Chandler Auditorium.
Hartenstein reportedly didn’t seek out the position and had to give it careful consideration before accepting Sam Zell‘s offer:
“I wanted to know that I would have the ability . . . to call the shots,” said Hartenstein, who said his new boss made no demands concerning future staff cuts. Zell “basically said, ‘You’re the publisher and CEO. It’s yours to run,’ and that was pretty much it.”
Hartenstein said he also sought assurances that Zell had no intention to simply “dress up the paper for a sale.”
“One of the questions I asked Sam was: Are you going to keep this?” Hartenstein said. The answer “was a strong, affirmative ‘Yes. This is a keeper.’ “
We think the LAT is a keeper, too. Difference is, we believe us when we say that.