Former DirecTV Exec Is New Publisher of LA Times

Eddy Hartenstein takes helm in tough times
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2008 10:57 PM CDT
Former DirecTV Exec Is New Publisher of LA Times
Eddy W. Hartenstein is the new publisher of the Los Angeles Times.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Eddy Hartenstein, former head of DirecTV, will become publisher of the Los Angeles Times on Monday, the paper reports. Hartenstein will be coming aboard the paper during a downturn for the industry—and for the LA Times in particular—with readership of the paper down to 774,000 from 1.2 million in the early '90s.

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Harteinstein helped DirecTV establish itself as an innovator and content-providing giant, and many hope he can bring the same insight to the ailing newspaper business. "I realize that the problems are huge and daunting, but I don't believe there's anything that can't be fixed as long as everyone is pulling in the same direction,” said Hartenstein. (Read more Los Angeles Times stories.)

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