Baltimore Sun publisher Tim Ryan will lead the L.A. Times and San Diego Union-Tribune
Baltimore Sun Media Group publisher Timothy E. Ryan has been tapped to lead the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune, sources said Tuesday.
The promotion comes after Tribune Publishing, the parent company for all three papers, dismissed the California newspapers' chief, Austin Beutner, according to the sources familiar with the matter. Beutner was hired in August 2014, a week after Tribune's newspapers became a separate, publicly traded company
Ryan's appointment as CEO and publisher of the papers and the California News Group is effective immediately. His boss, Denise Warren, is expected to name an interim publisher of The Baltimore Sun later today.
Beutner, a former deputy mayor in Los Angeles, was let go for lagging financial performance and a series of expensive, politically connected executive hires, sources said.
Ryan could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning.
In 2007, he became publisher and chief executive of the Baltimore Sun Media Group, which includes The Baltimore Sun, The Aegis, Towson Times and other weekly newspapers and other products. He also served as publisher and chief executive of The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., since 2010.
Ryan saw The Sun through the recession, diversified its revenue sources with digital subscriptions as well as other initiatives, and acquired last year The Capital in Annapolis, the Carroll County Times and other area publications and websites.
Before joining Tribune, Ryan held executive and management positions at The Chicago Tribune and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in business administration from Northwestern University.
Tribune Publishing was spun off as a separate company from Tribune Company's broadcast holdings last year. The new company has been seeking to bolster flagging print advertising revenues with acqusitions, cost-cutting and a greater focus on its web presence.
It acquired the San Diego Union-Tribune in May for $85 million and named Beutner its publisher.