No flowers, no cake, not even a eulogy. The Los Angeles Times
has delivered its auto section an ignominious ending. Tucked among Dan Neil's Pulitzer-winning prose was a small, unceremonious Editor's Note notifying readers of the change in a matter-of-fact fashion. Circulation figures are down, advertising revenues are way
down, and the LA Times
' ownership, Chicago's Tribune Company, has been desperately slashing for years now, trying to return profitability. Fans of Dan Neil will now be able to find his Rumble Seat reviews and rants in the Business section, along with other automotive content. At least they're smart enough to hang on to one of the best automotive writers out there, even if he does occasionally give advertisers hissy fits
. Thanks for the tip, Dave.
[Source: LA Times]