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Profit at Los Angeles Times Owner Tribune Co. Plummets 41 Percent (LA Times / Money & Co.)
Earnings at Tribune Co., parent of the Los Angeles Times, fell sharply in the first quarter as advertising revenue continued to slide and the company incurred a big tax bill. The company reported net income of $58.4 million in the three months, a 41 percent plunge from the $99.1 million in the year-earlier period. Revenue slid 3.3 percent to $705 million and pretax income declined 7.8 percent to $80.2 million. SCPR / The Breakdown The Los Angeles Times laid off an unspecified number of employees Friday, newspaper spokeswoman Nancy Sullivan confirmed to KPCC. Sullivan declined to specify how many employees lost their jobs or which departments were affected, saying only that the paper “undertook a modest staff reduction.” Times staff members — who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for the company — said about 20 employees were laid off. The graphics department took a huge hit, the employees said. TheWrap / MediaAlley In a letter to the newsroom obtained by TheWrap, editor Davan Maharaj and managing editor Marc Duvoisin called the layoffs “difficult” before describing a plan for a more sweeping overhaul of the website and alluding to “new recruits.”

Howard Kurtz Signs Off From CNN’s Reliable Sources (TVNewser)
After 15 years as the host of the program, Howard Kurtz signed off from CNN’s Reliable Sources Sunday. At the end of the program Kurtz looked back at some of the its most memorable and important moments. “I haven’t changed, and I will be continuing my independent brand of media criticism [at Fox News],” he said.

New Yorker‘s Bert And Ernie DOMA Cover Sparks Controversy, Homophobia (HuffPost)
To celebrate the death of the Defense of Marriage Act, the New Yorker featured an illustration of Sesame Street‘s Bert and Ernie snuggling on a sofa on the cover of its upcoming issue. The response to the cover hasn’t been all positive, however. Slate / BrowBeat It’s a cute image. Everyone loves Bert and Ernie. But it’s a terrible way to commemorate a major civil-rights victory for gay and lesbian couples. Flavorwire First of all, the notion that Bert and Ernie are gay lovers is ridiculous, and the propagation of the narrative is a childish statement that says more about the sexually obsessed and slightly homophobic tendencies of our culture. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer You could replace Bert and Ernie with a drawing of a famous real-life gay couple, or even an anonymous gay couple whose sexuality is communicated to the reader. But to have a closeted gay couple lends the image deeper meaning: In an intimate moment in the privacy of their home, away from the public eye, they feel heartened that society is finally coming around to accepting them for who they are. THR Mia Farrow tweeted it’s “one of the best New Yorker covers ever,” and Seth Meyers called it “great.”

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Acquisition to Make Tribune Co. Largest U.S. TV Station Operator (Chicago Tribune)
Tribune Co. has agreed to acquire Cincinnati-based Local TV LLC for $2.725 billion in cash, the companies announced Monday. The deal will add 19 television stations in 16 markets to Tribune Co.’s television portfolio, making it the largest commercial television station owner in the U.S., with 42 properties across the country.

95 Percent of Citysearch Laid Off, Leaked Email Reveals (Eater)
A tipster sends along an email from Citysearch’s “Content & Community Guru” David Israel that reveals “95 percent of the company has been laid off,” including Israel himself. This particular email was sent to the website’s Scouts, local editors who provided guides to restaurants, bars, and more. Israel writes the layoffs occurred because “traffic has been declining steadily over the last 12 months to the point where the site is now down roughly 80 percent YOY” and he describes himself as “crestfallen.”

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