Big news today in the alt-weekly world as LA Weekly editor-in-chief Drex Heikes announced he was moving on from the paper. His last day is this Friday. LA Observed has the memo. We spoke with with Weekly publisher Beth Sestanovich about who might be taking over for Heikes. Sestanovich says she found out about Heikes impending departure about a week and a half ago, and that a replacement has yet to be found. “I suspect we’ll have an announcement on a replacement in the next couple of weeks.”

Given that LA Weekly parent company Village Voice Media/New Times has a history of promoting from within its network of papers, we asked Sestanovich if an LA candidate is likely to take over the paper. “There are no internal candidates in the building,” was all she would tell us.

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