Report: ‘L.A. Daily News’ Editor To Depart?

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By: Joe Strupp

The Los Angeles Daily News is reportedly planning to announce the departure of Editor Ron Kaye, according to a posting on the local Web site LAObserved.com

The Web report states: “sources at the Daily News and outsiders close to Ron Kaye say he will be replaced by an editor from Northern California.” It later adds, “?the announcement could be made as soon as Thursday. Kaye reportedly got the word Monday from Dave Butler, his predecessor as editor of the Daily News, now the overall editor for Dean Singleton’s papers in California. The terms of Kaye’s departure have apparently been in negotiation since. He declined today to confirm the change to LA Observed.”

Kaye, a former managing editor, took over as top editor in August 2005. The Daily News web site had no information related to any departure and Kaye could not be reached for comment Thursday.

LAObserved notes that Kaye “presided reluctantly over last month’s buyouts and layoffs that stripped out 20% of the Daily News newsroom. At the time, he vowed to solider on. But it appears the budget battle took a toll on his relationships with Butler and Ed Moss, the paper’s third publisher in 18 months.”

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