Thursday, September 21, 2006

At Los Angeles Times, a Civil Executive Rebellion

As Tribune faces the Chandler family at a board meeting Thursday, the newspaper industry is riveted by another skirmish inside the company: the growing rebellion at The Los Angeles Times.
After Jeffrey M. Johnson, the publisher of The Los Angeles Times, and Dean Baquet, the editor of the paper, openly defied their bosses at Tribune last week by refusing to make layoffs at the paper, Mr. Johnson was summoned to Chicago and spent Tuesday meeting with top executives.
Remarkably, however, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Baquet have not been fired. But while the crisis has been temporarily averted, it appears far from over.

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