Top Editor Pushed Out, Ross Levinsohn Named CEO — LA Times Shake-Up

Paterniano Del Favero
Agosto 22, 2017

Jim Kirk will serve as interim executive editor while the company looks for a permanent editor in chief to replace Maharaj, who previous year took on the additional title of publisher.

Newspaper company Tronc Inc named digital media veteran Ross Levinsohn the new chief executive officer and publisher of the Los Angeles Times as part of a shake-up of senior management, the company said in a statement on Monday.

Maharaj had served as the Times' top editor since 2011, and added publisher to his title in 2016.

He calls Levinsohn "a visionary and innovative executive" with "long-standing ties to Southern California and passion for news" as well as "deep experience in technology and media". Kirk most recently edited the Chicago Sun-Times, a position he left to join Tronc, which was once known as Tribune Publishing. He is expected to work with Levinsohn in the search for a permanent editor-in-chief.

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

Tronc CEO Justin Dearborn said in an announcement that he wants to "accelerate our growth across the entire company", not shrink the publication. He told the paper Levinsohn "isn't coming in to manage further down-sizing". "I am excited about our people, I am proud of our ability to attract world-class talent and I am energized by our ability to transform and grow".

"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", he said.

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