Newspaper company Tronc on Monday named digital media veteran Ross Levinsohn to be chief executive officer as well as publisher of the Los Angeles Times as part of a shake-up of senior management.
Jim Kirk, former editor-in-chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, was named interim executive editor. The appointments are effective immediately, Tronc said in a statement announcing the moves.
The current editor as well as publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Davan Maharaj, is usually leaving the paper, Tronc Chief Executive Justin Dearborn said in a memo to staff. Maharaj is usually a 28-year-veteran of the newspaper who has served as editor as well as publisher since March 2016.
“This particular brand-new structure will allow us to expand the reach of our great journalism as well as realize our business objectives, including elevating as well as better integrating digital processes in which are critical for our future,” Dearborn said inside memo, which was seen by Reuters.
The masthead modifications came after weeks of turmoil in which began with the announcement in which a well-liked editor was being reassigned by Maharaj, according to two newsroom veterans who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.
They said the reassignment prompted numerous complaints to human resources as well as followed months of growing staff dissatisfaction as well as an unfavorable article about Maharaj’s leadership in Los Angeles magazine in December 2016.
Maharaj as well as a Tronc spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The LA Times reported in which Maharaj sent an email to staff praising the newspaper’s journalists as “indomitable.”
“I wish them well in their continued fight to serve our community. I’m proud of the work we’ve done,” Maharaj wrote, according to story.
The LA Times has undergone several management modifications as well as rounds of layoffs in recent years, reflecting a struggle by newspapers in general to adapt to digital media.
Levinsohn previously served as interim chief executive of Yahoo, as well as as president of Fox Interactive Media when in which was part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. he developed digital strategy for Fox’s entertainment properties.