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Thursday, October 05, 2006

A Note From David Hiller


From: Internal News
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2006 11:28 AM
To: All LATimes Employees
Subject: A Note From David HillerOctober 5, 2006






To all of my new colleagues:

By now you have heard that I have been named publisher, following my friend Jeff Johnson.

I hope to meet as many of you as possible in the days and weeks ahead, but wanted to introduce myself today even if email seems inadequate under the circumstances. Here's what I want you to know:

I read and love newspapers and have the highest regard for the Los Angeles Times, its great journalism, and the special role it plays in Southern California.

I have worked with many of you and know what a talented and creative team we have here.

I believe in the future of newspapers as the most trusted source of news and information in the communities we serve. To achieve that future we have to continue to change, because our readers, online users and advertising customers continue to change.

I have a lot to learn about the Times and our community, and with your help I will try to be a fast learner.

It is an honor to be able to come here and work with you

Thanks and I look forward to meeting you soon.

David

2 comments:

SBStarFreePress said...

I'm really sorry to hear the LAT lost this particular publisher, especially since the recent stand he and Mr. Baquet took together.

Just saw the news.

I wish all well down there.

It's a rarity in the industry to see a publisher take a stand like Mr. Johnson did.

And just how quick and snarky they are to dump there own.

Here is Mr. Johnson's bio:

http://www.latimes.com/services/newspaper/mediacenter/la-mediacenter-johnson,0,6551908.story

According to LAObserved, Hiller isn't even a newspaper guy. He's a lawyer. he liked the foie gras story on page 1 above the fold, too. bet that goes over as well as the basil story that ran up here not long ago, page 1.

You should have seen the public feedback up here. Outrage!
And dropped subscriptions, too.

I must say, I've always enjoyed the Times Food and Home secs...just not on page 1.

You've all got such a great thing going on at your paper...it's terrible this happened. Disgusting.

take care now,

SB Star Free Press.

If we could put all the good people together we could make a paper that would be unreal! Couldn't we?

Fun, too. Like 20 years ago when the industry was fun and seemed noble.

SBStarFreePress said...

Ed! a repost sans typos!
LOL!

I'm really sorry to hear the LAT lost this particular publisher, especially since the recent stand he and Mr. Baquet took together.

Just saw the news.

I wish all well down there.

It's a rarity in the industry to see a publisher take a stand like Mr. Johnson did.

And just how quick and snarky they are to dump their own.

Here is Mr. Johnson's bio:

http://www.latimes.com/services/newspaper/mediacenter/la-mediacenter-johnson,0,6551908.story

According to LAObserved, Hiller isn't even a newspaper guy. He's a lawyer. He liked the foie gras story on A-1 above the fold, too. Bet that goes over as well as the basil story that ran up here not long ago, A-1 SBNP.

You should have seen the public feedback up here. Outrage!
And dropped subscriptions, too.

I must say, I've always enjoyed the Times Food and Home secs...just not on A-1.

You've all got such a great thing going on at your paper...it's terrible this happened. Disgusting.

take care now,

SB Star Free Press.

If we could put all the good people together we could make a paper that would be unreal! Couldn't we?

Fun, too. Like 20 years ago when the industry was fun and seemed noble.

(hey that's not AP style but oh well--I spent 20 years in the industry m'self) blog posts are diff!

& seriously -- hope all is going to be well for all of you during this rough period.