By: Dave Astor

Some Staff Reductions Are Expected

by Dave Astor

Tribune Media Services will absorb the Los Angeles Times Syndicate
in a process expected to be completed by mid-October.

The impending elimination of LATS as a separate entity follows the
March announcement that TMS parent Tribune Co. was buying LATS parent
Times Mirror.

The restructured TMS will include two new units that incorporate parts
of LATS. One, headed by Tribune Co. veteran John Twohey, will focus on
multimedia. The other, headed by LATS President and CEO Jesse Levine,
will concentrate on international syndication.

TMS is based in Chicago, where the combined company will be headquartered.
The international syndication unit, along with the NewsCom online image
database group, will operate out of Los Angeles. LATS staffers retained
in the domestic syndication area will be asked to move to Chicago.

LATS staffers were informed Aug. 8 that there will probably be some staff
reductions at the new combined company, but no specific numbers were given.
And some overlapping print and online features at the two syndicates are
expected to be dropped. The 1949-founded LATS has approximately 190 features (including international-only) and the 1918-founded TMS has more than 150.


Dave Astor ( is a senior editor at Editor
& Publisher magazine.

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