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Posts Tagged ‘KATHY THOMSON’

Los Angeles Times Media Group Names Michael J. Tannourji New Advertising Executive

The Los Angeles Times Media Group has named Michael J. Tannourji their new executive vice president of advertising.

Tannourji arrives from Ernest & Young where he served as the former director of business development. He replaces John T. O’Loughlin, who left the company earlier this year.

“Mike Tannourji’s strong track record in transforming businesses for growth and profitability makes him uniquely suited to his new position,” Kathy Thomson, president and chief operating officer of Times Media said in a statement. “He has the experience necessary to drive the cultural shifts that are imperative to our future growth.” Read more

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LA Times Says Wiretapping Claims Are Bogus

And despite what the recent crop of billboards say, the class action lawsuit being brought against a Los Angeles Times reporter makes no claims of wiretapping.

Instead, the suit alleges that business columnist Michael Hiltzik recorded telephone interviews with attorney Robert Silverman. LA Times spokesperson Nancy Sullivan says Hiltzik never recorded any such conversations, and that the case is without merit.

Silverman has a history of suing the paper without success, as the LAT noted in a post on L.A. Now:

The Times has published a series of articles and columns detailing the deaths of five patients after having Lap-Band surgery at centers affiliated with 1-800-GET-THIN.

Silverman has represented 1-800-GET-THIN and two of the people behind the campaign, Michael and Julian Omidi, in three lawsuits against The Times and its journalists. All three lawsuits were dismissed. The Omidis were ordered to pay The Times legal expenses in two of the cases.

Ed Padgett has the staff memo from LA Times CEO Kathy Thomson about the billboards.

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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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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