Turmoil at LAT now officially a soap opera

Now that Knight-Ridder is sufficiently splintered into oblivion, the most interesting newspaper industry drama these days is the slowly escalating war between the Los Angeles Times and its parent company, the Tribune Co. You have the shareholder Chandlers (former LAT owners) fighting Trib over the fate of the company, while there seems to be ongoing pressure on the Trib to divest itself of the LAT. Now, you have the editor, with support from his publisher, defying the Trib over mandated staff cuts — and to top it off, going public with his rebellion. This should be the best fall entertainment to come out of Los Angeles this year.

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