LA Times Publisher Exits

Tribune Co. loses another top-level staffer as it prepares for big job cuts
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2008 2:08 AM CDT
This undated photo provided by the Los Angeles Times shows publisher David Hiller. The Los Angeles Times says publisher Hiller has resigned after 21 months at the helm of Tribune Co.'s largest paper.    (AP Photo/The Los Angeles Times, File)
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(Newser) – A bad day for the Tribune Company got even worse yesterday with the resignation of Los Angeles Times publisher David Hiller, Reuters reports. Hiller is leaving after less than 2 years with the paper as Tribune owner Sam Zell prepares to cut jobs again and reduce pages at his papers. The editor of the Chicago Tribune, another of Zell's media properties, quit earlier yesterday.

Some 250 jobs will likely be slashed in the latest round of cutbacks at the Times, including 150 in the newsroom, as the debt-ridden company struggles with shrinking cash flow. "Sam's the boss and he gets to pick his own quarterback," said Hiller, who had appeared more willing than his predecessor to make painful cuts.