An email to LA Observed from a Los Angeles Times insider I trust says that, in recent weeks as the latest moves involving new deadlines to accommodate the Wall Street Journal were being discussed, "all top editors at the LAT were forced to sign secret non-disclosure agreements." Guess it worked, to one degree. The Times got to announce and spin its own moves on Thursday without being scooped.
Also this from another insider, regarding whether the Wall Street Journal press run should really matter all that much.
WSJ press time is from 6 pm to midnight - on one press (two if you count the short NYPost run from 6-7 pm ) Sunday through Thursday. And 2 presses on Friday night when they print Barron's. They should be off all WSJ contracted press runs before midnight.
If the LAT pressroom understood anything about productivity (and management spent any money on maintenance), with their small circulation (now) they could print on the remaining 5 presses with no deadline changes at all.
One person's opinion, but one with some credentials.