New Tribune chairman Sam Zell emailed the Times staff:
From: Talk to Sam
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 10:04 AM
Subject: Jim O'Shea's departure
With all of the media coverage and speculation Jim OíSheaís departure is generating, I wanted to take the opportunity to reiterate what Iíve been saying since becoming chairman.
Iíve said loud and clear that I am returning control of our businesses to the people who run them. That means David Hiller has my full support. He carries direct responsibility for the staffing and financial success of the LA Times.
I understand that David and Jim together came to the conclusion that Jimís departure was the best decision for the direction and future of the LA Times. Iíd like to thank Jim for is contributions over the years, and I wish him the best of luck.
Times ex-editor John Carroll says all the instability at the LAT "makes people cautious and worried. Cautious and worried people donít often produce the best journalism." More reaction at Romenesko.