For the second time in 15 months, the editor of the Los Angeles Times has been fired for refusing to impose budget cuts ordered by his publisher.
Times Publisher David D. Hiller fired Editor James O'Shea following a confrontation in which Hiller directed O'Shea to carry out $4 million in cuts, according to a person familiar with the situation. The move didn't become public until it was reported today by the Wall Street Journal.
The turmoil has erupted one month after the closing of the $8.2-billion buyout of Tribune Co., The Times' parent company, by an employee stock plan and Chicago real-estate baron Sam Zell. Zell was out of the country today and unavailable for comment, a spokeswoman said.