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Tribune Co. CEO Randy Michaels Is Sticking Around… For Now

The rumor mill was churning this morning as multiple outlets reported that Tribune Co. CEO Randy Michaels would leave or be asked to step down from his role with the company.  Now Chicago Tribune staff reporters Michael Oneal and Stacy St. Clair have written that Michaels cleared up the speculation for the time being in a simple exchange with COO Gerry Spector:

“I work here today and I’m still working,” said Michaels.

Tribune Co.’s board held a meeting this morning in the wake of recent issues stemming from the inappropriate behavior of Michaels’s hand-picked management team.  The most egregious incident came when chief innovation officer Lee Abrams sent a sexually explicit email to co-workers, an action that resulted in his resignation last week.  The board reportedly is discussing if Michaels is a suitable leader in light of the embarrassment cast upon the company by his own staff.

Following the board meeting, Tribune Co. released a statement that did not quite offer Michaels a vote of confidence:

“Tribune’s board of directors is focused on filing the company’s plan of reorganization this Friday and has no comment on any other issue.”

In addition to the board’s concerns about employee reports of him making the workplace uncomfortable, Michaels also is having a hard time overcoming the recent New York Times article that likened Tribune office culture to a sexist “frat house.”  This entire headache comes at a time when Tribune is already tied up in a 22-month-long bankruptcy ordeal.  Ouch.

UPDATE: On Wednesday morning, Jim Romanesko reported that Michaels will, in fact, resign by the end of the week.  Sources say he will be replaced by Los Angeles Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein, Chicago Tribune publisher Tony Hunter, Tribune chief investment officer Nils Larsen, and chief restructuring officer Don Liebentritt.

Jim Newton Out at LAT, Nick Goldberg Up

We’ve pasted the entire memo from Eddy Hartenstein below:

From: Hartenstein, Eddy
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 11:06 AM
Subject: Editorial Pages Announcement

I am pleased to announce the following changes in management responsibilities of our editorial pages.

Jim Newton, who has served as editor of the editorial pages for more than two years, is stepping down in order to finish up his biography of Dwight Eisenhower. Nick Goldberg, who has ably served as the section’s deputy editor, will now become editor, overseeing the editorial board, as well as Op-Ed, Sunday Opinion, letters and our opinion coverage online. He will assume his new responsibilities on Monday, Sept. 28 and report to me.

Starting next week, Jim will scale back his duties. He will relinquish his management of Opinion but remain part of it, becoming editor-at-large, a new masthead position. In that capacity, he will advise on editorial matters, remain a member of the editorial board and will keep writing and editing for the editorial pages, both as an editorial writer and an Op-Ed contributor.

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June 7, 2009- Circulation of The LA Times Sunday Edition Drops Below One Million

LAT pressman Ed Padgett writes on his blog:

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.

LAT Front Page Ad Could Have Been Even Worse

Seems the original plan for the front page Southland advertisement would have been even more intrusive. Kevin Roderick at LA Observed has the scoop:

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.

We (Heart) Roy Rivenburg

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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.

LAO Afraid Sources Have Been Allegedly Compromised Which Makes for a Perfect Post

laologonew33.gifLA 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.

Breaking: Jim Newton Returns to the L.A Times

In an e-mail to staffers today, Eddy Hartenstein announces that Jim Newton is coming back to his job as editorial page editor:

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.

eddy

As one staffer put it to us: “Wow.”

LAT’s Eddy Hartenstein’s First Move: Poach From Freedom Communications

334_scottm.jpgAmong the first moves of new LAT publisher Eddy Hartenstein was to snag Freedom Communication‘s Scott McKibben.

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.

Ed Padgett has the full memo here, but here’s your highlight:

“Scott already knows all the key players in our industry and how newspapers work—no learning curve here.”

Not The LAT In 90 Seconds

Our favorite fake newspaper is back (no offense to The Onion). Here are some highlights:

8ball.jpgSam Zell buys California: He replaces the legislature with a Magic 8 Ball and orders a 15 percent reduction in the number of state residents.

hartenstein.jpgLAT 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.”

dsssoll.jpgLAT Launches 4-month Investigation into Doll Names: FOIAs went out to Hasbro, Mattel, and – we’re assuming – various preschool classes around the nation.

Eddy Hartenstein Greets His New Staff

41hhh646338.jpgNew L.A. Times Publisher Eddy Hartenstein sent the staff the following good morning:

Good day,

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.

eddy

Earlier:
L.A. Times: Eddy Hartenstein Named Publisher, Zell Promises Paper ‘Is a Keeper

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