Monday, June 4, 2007

June 4, 2007 News

Julie Riggott has left her post as Pasadena Weekly entertainment editor and Arroyo Monthly editor to edit a new publication that will be launched this September (more info coming on that soon). In the meantime, new Arroyo Monthly Editor is Jaye Scholl, and new Pasadena Weekly Entertainment Editor is John Sollenberger, who also continues as Calendar Editor.

Tom Hatten was unceremoniously disengaged as KNX Newsradio's entertainment reporter at the end of last week. In response to my "Who's your entertainment reporter now?" question this morning, the KNX news desk says "We don't have one anymore," suggesting that all info be sent to Keep Tom's mailing address on your list (if you have it). He's a great guy and will still be a player in the entertainment news world.

In LA Times news...

Mary MacVean is the new morning assignment editor on the LA Times city desk.

Mary Ellen Walker, editor of the LA Times' Kids' Reading Room over the last eight years, writes to a colleague that "Sadly, Thursday was my last day at the newspaper. For now, the best way to communicate with the newspaper about your stories is to use"

LA Observed has excerpts from company-wide emails sent by buyout-departing LA Times staffers here.

Pasadena Star News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune Classical Music Critic Bob Thomas' blog is now located here. (new URL) His print columns don't always make it onto the paper's site, so this is a good resource for reading those as well as the other info he posts.

Phillip Zonkel is handling classical music listings for the Long Beach Press Telegram. Send press releases via e-mail or snail mail:
Phillip Zonkel
Long Beach Press Telegram
300 Ocean Gate
Long Beach, CA 90844

From LA Observed comes the announcement of a new website, devoted to coverage of the Inland Empire. Contact at or 951-684-9054.

Brooks Barnes leaves the Wall Street Journal to join the New York Times' Business Day, covering the entertainment industry from the L.A. bureau. According to the Times' memo, "Brooks, who will work closely with Times culture desk reporters based in Los Angeles, will cover the business of Hollywood in all of its fascinating iterations - the players, the studios, the financiers. Included in his Bizday portfolio will be Walt Disney Co., and its sprawling parts."