The New York Times weighs in on the firing of Austin Beutner as publisher of the Los Angeles Times. It reports what others have noted: that Beutner was interested in growing the Times and looking for new revenue sources but Chicago-based Tribune Co.’s Chief Executive Jack Griffin apparently saw Beutner as imperious and defiant against his cost-cutting strategies. In an interesting quote, John Huey, who was editor of Time Inc.’s magazines at the time that Griffin was chief of Time Inc., said Griffin “was very threatened by strong players who pushed back so he replaced them with small-timers who, like he, weren’t up to the task.”
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