Los Angeles Times parent tronc Inc. ousted executive editor-in-chief and publisher Davan Maharaj, as well as several other top editors, on Monday.
Tronc’s Chief Executive Justin C. Dearborn said Maharaj was replaced by veteran media executive Ross Levinsohn, who will serve as chief executive and publisher, and Jim Kirk, who will act as interim editor.
Levinsohn has served in two digital facing executive positions, as president of Fox Interactive Media and as interim chief executive of Yahoo. Kirk recently joined tronc from a post as publisher and editor-in-chief of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Senior editors including managing editor Marc Duvoisin, deputy managing editor for digital Megan Garvey, and managing editor for investigations Matt Doig were also terminated. An internal memo from Dearborn said Tim Ryan, Ken DePaola and Joseph Schiltz from troncM, tronc’s media arm, would be leaving the organization as well.
“Today we are announcing important management changes to continue to drive our transformation and further position ourselves for long term growth as a media organization,” Dearborn said in an internal memo addressed to colleagues. “This new structure will allow us to expand the reach of our great journalism and realize our business objectives, including elevating and better integrating digital processes that are critical for our future.”
Representatives for tronc and the Los Angeles Times did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The announcement comes on the heels of tronc’s second quarter earnings report, which saw revenue fall 8.6 percent in the second quarter of 2017 compared with the same period last year. The company also reported an increase in digital subscribers, fueled largely by new digital-only subscribers to the L.A. Times.
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