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Lee Abrams, Tribune Executive Punished For Offensive Email, Quits

10/15/10 07:32 PM ET   AP


CHICAGO — The chief executive of Tribune Co. has informed staffers that a top executive he suspended this week after sending an inappropriate e-mail has quit.

CEO Randy Michaels said in a one-paragraph memo sent Friday that chief innovation officer Lee Abrams offered his resignation and he accepted it. Michaels wrote that the resignation is effective immediately.

Abrams sent staff an e-mail Wednesday that contained a link to a racy video clip.

The Tribune Co. was the subject of a withering New York Times article earlier this month that portrayed the corporate culture of the Chicago-based media giant as a "frat house."

The company owns the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other media properties and is struggling to win approval for its reorganization after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.


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