Top 'Tribune' staffers resign

More controversy at the Tribune company, Xbox adds social networking, HBO generates more buzz with another show, and more.

Sam Zell continues to create controversy in his retuning of the Tribune Company, after two more top ranking staffers, Los Angeles Times' publisher David Hiller and Chicago Tribune editor Ann Marie Lipinski, tendered their resignations.

Both Lipinski and Hiller alluded to management changes in memos to their staff. Gerould Kern, vice president of editorial will take over Lipinksi's. No immediate Hiller successor was named. Hiller, too, had presided over controversial partings at the LA Times, including the former editor, James O'Shea.

Hiller and Lipinski's departures coincide with more staff layoffs and redesigns to their respective papers, the LA Times and Chicago Tribune.

These changes reflect the Tribune's decision, earlier this year, to cut from 400 to 500 jobs in its publishing and corporate offices, in addition to decreasing the size of news sections, and real estate holdings.

Zell's follow-through across the Tribune's 14 publications has been swift, and NewsCorp seems to be following suit.


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Xbox to include social networking platforms.

Karl Rove defends his role at Fox News.

Starbucks promotes new smoothie beverages debuting in Los Angeles and Orange County at midnight.

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