FROM Eddy Hartenstein
Los Angeles Times Publisher Discusses Bankruptcy After Sam Zell took over the Tribune Company a year ago, layoffs and early retirements continued at the Los Angeles Times . Eddy Hartenstein, formerly with DirecTV, became publisher in August, saying that Zell had promised to give him broad discretion. In October, the paper laid off 10% of the editorial staff. Last month it lost more staff when the Washington Bureau was consolidated with other papers. On Monday, the Tribune Company declared bankruptcy . When he became publisher, Hartenstein said he didn't need the job and that if Zell reneged on his word he would quit. Will he?
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