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Cuts at 'L.A. Times' and on 'The Wire': TV Imitates Life

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Cuts at 'L.A. Times' and on 'The Wire': TV Imitates Life

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Some may find it ironic that the axing of L.A. Times editor Jim O'Shea (allegedly over his resistance to budget cuts) came to light the same day as job cutbacks were announced at The Sun in Baltimore -- in HBO's "The Wire." Like the Times, The Sun has a Tribune Co. connection.

On the TV show last night, a very familiar scene showed the paper's publisher calling everyone together in the newsroom to announce that because of revenue shortfalls and that damn free Internet, heads would have to roll, or at least buyouts ordered. Showing that the script is at least a little dated, there were suggestions that this was ordered "from Chicago."

The editor expressed his regrets while repeating the mantra of we-must-do-more-with-less. Much moaning ensued about the state of modern newspapers, along with references to a possible guild fight.

As often happens in real life, a veteran reporter refused a post on the copy desk and decided to accept a buyout, taking years of experience and insider knowledge with him. …

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