A week after naming a new CEO, Tribune Publishing is shaking up its leadership structure by combining the role of editor-in-chief and publisher at its papers.
Among those stepping into the new role is Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times since 2011.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Maharaj wrote in a memo to staff that he was "deeply honored" to take on added responsibilities as publisher.
"I will continue to serve as editor and work with our masthead to transform The Times into a state-of-the-art newsroom, able to compete and excel in all media," he wrote. The Times report continues:
"As publisher, I will lead our efforts — on both the editorial and business sides — to make The Times the primary destination for readers and advertisers everywhere who are interested in Los Angeles, California and the West," Maharaj told the staff.
He added that his new business-side responsibilities "will not diminish in the slightest my commitment to the integrity and independence of our news product. Quite the opposite: I am keenly aware that our business success depends on readers' confidence in our journalism, in their faith that what we report is impartial, accurate and intended above all to serve their needs."
The dual publisher and editor positions are also at the Chicago Tribune, the San Diego Union-Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and Tribune Publishing's other newspapers.
The Tribune also says that Chairman Michael W. Ferro has donated his stake in the Chicago Tribune's rival, the Chicago Sun-Times, to a charitable trust. Tribune Publishing CFO Sandra Martin said that will "create a very clear separation of ownership and avoid perceived conflicts of interest."
A spokesman for Sun-Times owner Wrapports said the company didn't immediately have a comment.
Tribune Publishing Co. on Wednesday also said it will start offering print subscribers free unlimited access to digital content by April.