L.A. Times Ousts Four Top Editors; Ross Levinsohn Named Publisher

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Four top editors at the L.A. Times were terminated on Monday morning, including editor and publisher Davan Maharaj, the paper announced.

Also leaving the paper are Marc Duvoisin, the managing editor; Megan Garvey, the deputy editor for digital; and Matt Doig, the assistant managing editor of investigations.

Tronc, the Times’ corporate parent, appointed veteran media executive Ross Levinsohn to replace Maharaj as publisher. Jim Kirk, the former publisher and editor-in-chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, was named interim editor.

Maharaj had served as the Times’ top editor since 2011, and added publisher to his title in 2016. The new arrangement will again divide those responsibilities into separate jobs.

Levinsohn served as CEO of Guggenheim Digital Media from 2013 to 2014, and was interim CEO of Yahoo! before Marissa Mayer was hired. While he was at Guggenheim, the company made an unsuccessful attempt to buy Hulu from 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and the Walt Disney Co. Levinsohn also spent about seven years at News Corp., where he was president of Fox Interactive Media.

In a release, Tronc said that Levinsohn would “oversee the Los Angeles Times’ operations and be charged with expanding its journalistic endeavors, product and content initiatives, global footprint and business and revenue opportunities.”

“The Los Angeles Times is a beacon of journalism and one of the most important voices in media, and I am honored and humbled to lead this world-class media enterprise,” Levinsohn said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the talented teams to expand our footprint, advance tronc’s digital transformation and further cement our role as a trusted source of news and information.”

(pictured: Ross Levinsohn)

 

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  1. kafantaris2 says:

    The digital news business model needs to change and we have to figure out how to do it without sinking the newsroom into obscurity and irrelevancy. Why don’t we start by accepting the obvious: Hard news is simply hard work — in both research and writing.

  2. paully says:

    Isn’t Tribune Co. being sold to some crazy christian right winger group??

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