The publisher of the Baltimore Sun is moving to the West Coast. Timothy E. Ryan was appointed publisher of the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune, according to the Tribune Company.
Rather than a new hire altogether, the move is more of a promotion. The Chicago-based Tribune Company owns the Sun, LA Times and Union-Tribune. Ryan was appointed in 2007 as publisher of the Baltimore Sun Media Group, which also owns City Paper, The Capital of Annapolis and other Maryland newspapers.
“Tim’s successful track record of strategic acquisitions, revenue diversification and digital transformation are successful models for the industry and for our Company,” Tribune Company CEO Phil Griffin said.
Ryan’s move comes in the wake of the company’s decision to fire Austin Beutner as publisher of the two Southern California papers, which are part of the Tribune’s California News Group. A former civic leader and investment banker in Los Angeles, Beutner was served as publisher for about a year. He was behind the deal for Tribune to buy the Union-Tribune and other L.A. papers. Beutner hired numerous high-profile business and political figures during his time, but also clashed with the parent company bosses. Recently, the Tribune rebuffed overtures by the LA philanthropist Eli Broad, who wanted to buy the LA Times and leave Beutner in charge. Capital’s Ken Doctor has the full story on Beutner and the Tribune turmoil.
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