Media Moves

LA Times to close three suburban papers

April 20, 2020

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The Los Angeles Times which reported declining ad revenues due to the pandemic not only reduced pays for some editors, but has now also decided to close down three of its suburban newspapers, reports Nieman Lab.

These areas include Glendale, Burbank and La Cañada Flintridge.

The Times writes:

“The Los Angeles Times’ parent company, California Times, is folding three award-winning community newspapers that serve the cities of Burbank, Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge.

“Fourteen staff members learned Thursday that they were being laid off with severance. Ten are members of the Los Angeles Times Guild…

“The three community papers were an attempt to serve readers with intensely local coverage: information about city councils, school boards and high school sports relevant primarily to their particular corners of a sprawling metropolis.

“But the papers had a rich history of their own. The Burbank Leader was founded in 1985, a successor to the Burbank Daily Review, which was founded in 1908. The Glendale News-Press dated back to 1905. The La Cañada Valley Sun sprang to life in 1946, helping usher in Southern California’s postwar building and population boom.”

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