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New LA Times Calendar Team: Business Editor Becoming Entertainment News Czar

UPDATE: Los Angeles Times Editor Davan Maharaj today announced ”a new leadership team for one of the most important journalistic franchises at The Times”. Granted, this is like moving deck chairs on the Titanic given that the newspaper has become lazy and irrelevant and its showbiz ads fall 25% every year as movies and even theater chains abandon the publication. And those are readers and advertisers who aren’t coming back, either. Nevertheless John Corrigan, who has been Business Editor since 2009, will top the newspaper’s arts and entertainment coverage starting Monday as an assistant managing editor. He replaces Sallie Hofmeister whom Maharaj recently exited. (Related: LA Times Exits Longtime Showbiz Editor)

In other moves, Laurie Ochoa, the former editor of LA Weekly, becomes the LA Times‘ Arts and Entertainment Editor reporting to Corrigan. And TV critic Mary McNamara now has the additional title of Senior Culture Editor.

But there was no announcement confirming what former LA Times Arts And Entertainment editor Craig Turner today wrote on his Facebook page: “It looks like the Business section is being downgraded again, and will cease to exist as a stand-alone section, folding into the A section. As a result, Calendar will get some later deadlines and all the Company Town stories — on business of entertainment — will appear in Calendar, not Business.”

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LA Times Exits Longtime Showbiz Editor

Assistant Managing Editor for Arts & Entertainment Sallie Hofmeister has been the person most responsible for the Los Angeles Times‘ lazy and irrelevant coverage of Hollywood. The good news for the newspaper is that she’s now been forced out by the recently installed new editor Davan Maharaj who has a history of hating on her. But the bad news for the newspaper is that it’s lost too much momentum under her tenure to ever get it back. Hofmeister guided arts and entertainment coverage for the last three years. According to today’s bullshit announcement, “She says that, after 25 years in newspaper journalism, she wants a summer off before embarking on a new career challenge.” The truth is she was given a grace period to look for a job. Her last day will be June 22. Maharaj in a note to staff says, “an announcement of her successor will be forthcoming”.

Hofmeister joined the LAT in 1995 from The New York Times to cover the business of television. In 2006, she became an editor overseeing entertainment and technology coverage. She was named business editor in 2008 and, less than a year later, joined the masthead as an assistant managing editor responsible for arts and entertainment. Hofmeister succeeded in dumbing down the newspaper with blogs like the Ministry of Gossip and another devoted to American Idol. And now the paper’s Envelope is a Red Carpet joke. Meanwhile, the LAT‘s film advertising is down 25% below even the most modest of projections, and now many movies and now suddenly … Read More »

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