LA Times Guild Calls Emergency Meeting as Layoffs Loom

January 18, 2024

The L.A. Times Guild called an emergency meeting on Thursday after leadership was told that the newspaper intends to “imminently execute another major round of layoffs,” according to a memo. Merida took the newsroom by surprise with his decision, leaving after less than three years, five months before his contract was up. Merida was also reportedly frustrated with Soon-Shiong’s involvement in the newsroom as well as budgeting shortcomings which eventually led to mid-year layoffs in 2023. Layoffs were carried out by the LAT in June, where 74 roles were cut from the organization, equating to over 10% of the newsroom. More layoffs were expected at the newspaper in 2024.