NEW ORLEANS — The editor of the Los Angeles Times said Thursday that he considered resigning after Publisher Jeffrey M. Johnson was ousted for refusing to implement staff cuts ordered by the newspaper's owner, Tribune Co.
But Dean Baquet said he decided to put his concern for the paper before his relationship with Johnson -- and stay on.
Baquet told journalists attending the Associated Press Managing Editors conference that he agreed with Johnson that cutbacks proposed by Chicago-based Tribune would damage the newspaper's ability to cover its market. Baquet said his stand against further job reductions had not changed since the Oct. 5 arrival of the new Times publisher, David D. Hiller.
However, in an interview with The Times his first day on the job, Hiller said a realignment of costs with revenue at the newspaper was all but inevitable. "Finding efficiencies and making cuts aren't new in any business," he said. "Newspapers all over the country have done them."