March 6 Media executive Jack Griffin was
appointed on Thursday as chief executive of Tribune Co's
forthcoming spinoff newspaper company, Tribune
Griffin has served as an adviser to Tribune through
Empirical Media Advisors, the media consulting firm he
Tribune also announced that Eddy Hartenstein, the publisher
of the Los Angeles Times and former DirecTV executive,
will become non-executive chairman of Tribune Publishing's
The appointments are effective on April 14.
"With Eddy and Jack in place, I am confident that Tribune
Publishing will continue to prosper far into the future and
provide the quality journalism that has been the hallmark of its
newspaper brands and digital services," Peter Liguori, chief
executive officer of Tribune Co, said in a statement.
Griffin will take the helm of Tribune Publishing, which
includes the company's eight newspapers such as the Orlando
Sentinel and the Chicago Tribune, during a perilous time.
Under the new stand-alone company, the newspapers will be
separated from Tribune's much more lucrative broadcast TV
stations and its digital properties, including Classified
Ventures, as advertisers shun print and readers increasingly get
their news from smartphones and tablets.
Separating the sluggish print properties from faster growing
TV assets has been in vogue with media companies in the past
year. News Corp split from its entertainment and cable
properties that now operate under 21st Century Fox Inc,
and Time Warner is preparing to spin off its magazine
unit, Time Inc.
Griffin also served as the chief executive of Time Inc and
president of the national media group at Meredith Corp.
He will step down from his chief executive role at
Empirical, where he will be succeeded by co-founder Jim