Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times
a newspaper for the US city of Los Angeles first published in 1881. It has won more than 20 Pulitzer Prizes and is considered to be one of America’s best newspapers. The Los Angeles Times Syndicate supplies special articles to newspapers and magazines in many countries, and the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service sends news to newspapers, magazines, and radio and television stations around the world.

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Morning daily newspaper.

Established in 1881, it was purchased and incorporated in 1884 by Harrison Gray Otis (1837–1917) under The Times-Mirror Co. (the hyphen was later dropped from the name). The newspaper prospered and became a power in conservative politics in California. It was long dominated by the Chandler family, beginning with Otis's son-in-law, Harry Chandler, in 1917. After Otis Chandler became publisher in 1960, its editorial policies changed; it developed from a conservative regional paper into a model of balanced and comprehensive journalism and was recognized as one of the world's great newspapers. The Times Mirror Company was acquired in June 2000 by the Tribune Company of Chicago, and the Chandler family received a significant ownership position in the Tribune Company. (See Chicago Tribune.)

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▪ American newspaper
      morning daily newspaper published in Los Angeles that in the 1960s began to develop from a regional daily into one of the world's great newspapers.

      The Times was established in 1881. Harrison Gray Otis (Otis, Harrison Gray) became a partial owner of the paper in 1882 and incorporated it within a public corporation, the Times-Mirror Company (the hyphen was later dropped from the name), in 1884. The paper prospered, soon becoming an important political power in California and a major voice in the southern part of the state. Although its news coverage reflected its political bias, the Times won widespread respect for its contributions to the development of southern California and for its technological and other innovations. The Times launched the United States's first newspaper-owned radio station in 1922. In 1928 it began to use airplanes to deliver newspapers to other cities.

      The Los Angeles Times was long dominated by the Chandler family, beginning when Harry Chandler succeeded his father-in-law, Otis, as publisher in 1917. Norman Chandler (Chandler, Norman) took over from his father in 1944, and in 1948 he introduced an afternoon tabloid, the Los Angeles Mirror, which was discontinued in 1962. When Norman resigned as publisher in 1960 to devote full attention to the corporation, his son Otis Chandler took over in that position.

      When Otis Chandler became publisher of the Times, the paper's writing, editing, and editorial policy underwent a striking metamorphosis, noticeably under editor Nick Williams (1958–71). Moving from its tradition of promoting conservative causes, the Times emphasized a more balanced and comprehensive approach to journalism. This was accomplished in large part by upgrading and enlarging its staff, opening new Times bureaus elsewhere in the United States and abroad, and developing thorough coverage of important events.

      In 1964 the Times Mirror Company became listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the first general-interest newspaper corporation to do so. The company owned a variety of other newspapers, magazines, book publishers, and broadcast and multimedia concerns. After Otis Chandler stepped down as board chairman (1991), the newspaper underwent a series of changes, some of which drew criticism for blurring the line between the editorial and advertising departments. The Times Mirror Company was acquired in June 2000 by the Tribune Company of Chicago, and this gave the Chandler family, which owned the majority of Times Mirror stock, a significant ownership position in the Tribune Company. (See Chicago Tribune.) In 2004 the newspaper was awarded five Pulitzer Prizes, the most it had ever won in a single year.

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