Some media moves

First, some good news. Remember Lauren Beale, who edits the Times' real estate section? Though her name made the list of the 75 editorial employees cut from the newsroom last month, she never got a date for her final day of work. And now she won't, as the decision to lay her off has been reversed. Lauren Beale remains on staff as real estate editor.

Jorge Mettey, former KMEX news director, is suing Univision for wrongful termination. He'll be filing tomorrow in U.S. Federal District Court in the Central District of California.

KPFK has just dropped all news headlines and, citing staff cuts, will broadcast a single 30-minute newscast on weekdays from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Over at Time Inc. an estimated 25 people from the editorial staff of Entertainment Weekly got the ax. Here in LA that means Chris Willman, one of two lead music critics, and Shirley Halperin, a senior writer who also covered music, are gone.

And over at the Ventura County Star, look for a radical redesign to debut soon. Fewer sections (I hear they're folding the features sections into the news section) and fewer pages. Our own TJ Sullivan has lots more about the moves on Native Intelligence.

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