To save on print production costs and to streamline operations, Tribune Co. papers the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune are rolling out changes this week and next. The LA Times today launched LATExtra, a new section that includes local and California coverage, as well as late-breaking news. It has also trimmed an inch off its print version, and is now 11 inches wide, LA Times Blogs reported today.
The Chicago Tribune, meanwhile, will also trim an inch from the width of its newspaper beginning Monday, according to MediaPost.
The circumstances surrounding LATExtra, which will run Monday through Saturday, led to criticism last month when the announcement was made. The deadline for the LA Times' front page was moved up a few hours, to 6 p.m., because the Times closed its Orange County printing plant and sold its print run time slot at the remaining plant to the Wall Street Journal. Therefore, late-breaking news is now published in LATExtra.