Production Problems Follow Plant Closing at ‘L.A. Times’

By: E&P Staff

Los Angeles Times Publisher Eddy Hartenstein apologized online and in print for late Friday deliveries to many subscribers in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Copies arrived late owing to production problems at the Times‘ downtown Olympic plant. A Times spokesperson would not describe the problems. Hartenstein said only that they were “unrelated to the Lakers’ NBA championship win and the subsequent violence by some fans.”

The team had just won the NBA championship the day before, and some delivered copies reportedly had no coverage of the game.

The newspaper had just ended printing at its Orange County plant in Costa Mesa, substantially increasing the Olympic plant’s press run. A weekend report that some work would resume at the Orange County plant could not be immediately confirmed.

“Subscribers calling Tthe Times‘ Customer Service number to report delays were unfortunately met with busy signals, due to massive call volume,” Hartenstein wrote.

The newspaper’s reader representative blog reported that a memo from Newsroom Production Director Barbara Thomas said “papers didn’t reach the distribution centers until about 5 a.m. — the time that papers usually begin landing on driveways.”

Papers were eventually delivered throughout the early afternoon.

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