Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Why Los Angeles Times Publisher Austin Beutner Is - Reportedly - Being Fired by The Tribune Company

And the Tribune's decision to fire Austin Beutner is not due to one or two reasons - but a half-dozen reasons according to Ken Doctor over at Politico. They include everything from declining revenues and profits - to a reported - rejected - bid by Eli Broad to buy  paper - to Beutner's thoughts about running for governor and to his supposed lack of being a team player.  Here is the opening of the article:

Tribune to fire L.A. Times publisher Austin Beutner

Austin Beutner. (LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce)
Tribune Publishing will announce Tuesday the termination of highly regarded L.A. Times publisher Austin Beutner, I’ve learned.
Beutner’s leave-taking may be announced as a resignation. The firing is an unexpected one, though one built on long-brewing differences between Beutner and his boss Tribune Publishing CEO Jack Griffin. It also follows quickly on Tribune Publishing’s rejection of overtures from a would-be buyer for the Times, an acquisition that would have taken the Times private. The firing and sales overture rejection are not unrelated.
Tribune Publishing told me it wouldn’t publicly comment on the unfolding events, nor would others involved.
Beutner’s quick departure — just one year after Griffin appointed him to the job, and just four months after Tribune’s acquisition of the San Diego Union-Tribune and the subsequent creation of the “California News Group” — should send shockwaves through the news publishing world.
And there's a lot more about the possible future of the LA Times right here.

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