The Press: Changing Times

A city in which explosive change is routine, Los Angeles has always counted on one unchanging and unchangeable institution: the wealthy, well-edited Los Angeles Times (circ. 526,800). Last week came proof that even the Times can change. Handsome, grey-haired Norman Chandler, 60, publisher for the last 19 years, announced that he is relinquishing that post to his only son Otis, 32.

To Times readers, the paper may appear, at least for a while, like the same old Times. As such, it is a capably staffed newspaper with the biggest bulk west of Chicago. Where other newspapers send one reporter after a local...

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