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LDS CEO of Times-Mirror Speaks at BYU
BYU NewsNet 17Feb00 B2
By Roger Bryner: NewsNet Staff Writer

PROVO, UTAH -- LDS Church member and Times-Mirror CEO Mark Willes spoke to BYU students on Thursday at a symposium on the news media, and told students that Newspapers will survive in the digital age. Willes, who is a nephew of LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, said that it is simply more convenient to read a newspaper instead of logging-on to the Internet to get the news.

But Willes did admit that Newspapers have had to change because of the Internet. Willes says that Times-Mirror, which runs the Los Angeles Times and New York Newsday have undergone significant redesigns and sought to develop strong emotional ties with subscribers by giving service to the community.

Willes has come under increasing criticism as he has tried to bring his experience in manufacturing industries to make changes at Times-Mirror. Journalists at the Los Angeles Times have been uncomfortable with many of Willes' changes to the Times, blaming them on WIlles lack of experience with newspapers. Many of Willes' changes have sought to bring the editorial and business sides of the newspaper together. Traditionally the two have been kept relatively separate so that business considerations don't affect how or what news is covered.


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