Prominent Indian-origin journalist ousted as LA Times editor

Prominent Indian-origin journalist ousted as LA Times editor

The Los Angeles Times ousted its editor-publisher and several top newsroom executives Monday in what its parent company says is a shake-up aimed at moving one of the nation's flagship newspapers more quickly into the digital age while bolstering its Washington coverage and other reporting.

According to The Times, tronc on Monday also fired Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin, Deputy Managing Editor for digital media Megan Garvey and Assistant Managing Editor for investigations Matt Doig.

Jim Kirk, 52, a veteran Chicago news executive, who was publisher and editor of the Chicago Sun-Times until last week, was named interim editor of the storied newspaper. Kirk recently joined tronc from a post as publisher and editor-in-chief of the Chicago Sun-Times. Mr Maharaj was promoted to the dual roles of editor and publisher of the Los Angeles Times in March 2016. The new arrangement will again divide those responsibilities into separate jobs.

Like many publications, it has struggled to move its subscriber and ad bases from print to digital. Instead, Tribune held onto the Times and restructured its publishing operation, forming a new company, Tronc Inc., in 2016.

In the years before Maharaj took over as Editor in Chief, the L.A. Times cut 40 percent of its editorial staff in an attempt to remain profitable.

Since Tribune Company (now Tronc) bought Los Angeles Times parent Times Mirror in 2000 for $6.45 billion in stock and cash, Los Angeles and Chicago have frequently clashed, leading to departures of top editors and executives from the paper's West Coast jewel.

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Maharaj in an email paid tribute to the journalists he has worked with over the years: "During the last 28 years, it has been an honor working with the best journalists in a great American newsroom".

"My aspiration is to draw upon the incredible amount of work that has been done here and broaden it", Levinsohn said.

"They could be hard to talk to and people didn't feel like they offered much vision for the direction of the paper", the source said.

Maharaj gave a brief statement to Los Angeles Magazine at the time, saying he had to make "difficult decisions" in his five years at the helm, and that running a newspaper "isn't a popularity contest". "We have incredible change going on in the world".

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".

" ... And I wish them well in their continued fight to serve our community", Maharaj wrote. "I'm proud of the work we've done".

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