L.A. Times Names Hartenstein Publisher

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Former DirecTV honcho Eddy Hartenstein has a new gig: newspaper publisher.

The Los Angeles Times announced Saturday that the former direct-broadcast satellite executive will become the embattled newspaper's next publisher, effective Monday, Aug. 18. The Times has gone through a series of executives as its publishers have battled with owner Sam Zell and the Tribune Co. about staff reductions and other cutbacks.

The last publisher, David Hiller, resigned July 14, coinciding with the latest round of staff cutbacks.

Hartenstein began meeting with Zell last December, the paper said. The story also indicated Hartenstein only agreed to take the job after he received assurances from Zell that he was not working to improve the financial performance of the paper prior to a sale.

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