Adding a long list of Angelenos disappointed with the firing of LA Times publisher Austin Beutner last week, the LA County Board of Supervisors passed a symbolic resolution yesterday opposing his dismissal.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said, "We're not trying to run the business of the newspaper. We're essentially standing up for our town." Beutner was replaced by Baltimore Sun publisher Tim Ryan. The board joins a group of influential business and civic leaders who last week signed an open letter to Tribune CEO Jack Griffin, owner of the Times, expressing disappointment over Beutner's dismissal.
Does the provenance of a paper's publisher matter? Does the Tribune have an obligation to consider purchasing bids to buy the Times from heavyweight Angelenos?
Ken Doctor, media analyst for newsonomics.com and the author of “Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the News You Get”
Rick Edmonds, Researcher and writer for Poynter Institute on business and journalism issues. Co author, State of the News Media 2006