Last week's start to the consolidation of the three westernmost LANG newspapers claimed Doug Krikorian, the longtime sports columnist at the Long Beach Press-Telegram. KCRW's Gary Scott says at his personal media blog that Kirkorian was laid off along with P-T city editor John Futch. "Krikorian was offered a freelance slot but declined," Scott says. Krikorian is an alumnus of the old Herald Examiner sports section and was a sports talk host on Los Angeles radio for more than a decade.
I'm told there are more shoes to fall this week in the unofficial merging of the Daily News, Daily Breeze and Press-Telegram. Meanwhile, a Press-Telegram staffer says the paper — which keeps tabs on California's 7th-largest city — is down to four sportswriters to cover a major university, three community colleges and 30+ high schools.