New Times LA

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New Times LA
TypeAlternative weekly
Owner(s)New Times Media
EditorRick Barrs
FoundedAugust 22, 1996; 26 years ago (1996-08-22)
Ceased publication2002; 21 years ago (2002)

New Times LA is a now-defunct alternative weekly newspaper that was published in Los Angeles, California by New Times Media from 1996 to 2002.[1]


It was formed by the purchase and merger of the Los Angeles View/Los Angeles Village View and the Los Angeles Reader,[2] and fired the staff members of both papers.[3] The editor-in-chief for its entire run was Rick Barrs. Writer Jill Stewart was the paper's controversial political columnist.

Los Angeles Magazine stated that the New Times Los Angeles "blasted" the LA Weekly "as often as it remembered to—calling its staff dunderheads, beret wearers, throwbacks, and ass kissers. That's the nice stuff."[3] Howard Blume of the LA Weekly stated that the New Times LA was "a quirky and inconsistent, yet valuable, journalistic voice".[4] Los Angeles Magazine stated that the New Times Los Angeles "never got a foothold".[3]

In 2002, New Times Media entered into a non-competition agreement with Village Voice Media, another national publisher of alternative weeklies, whereby the two companies agreed to stop publishing New Times LA (a product of New Times Media) and Cleveland Free Times (a product of Village Voice Media), so that the companies would not publish two competing newspapers in any single city. The competing paper in Los Angeles was the LA Weekly. New Times Media continues to publish other New Times-titled publications, including Miami New Times, New Times Broward-Palm Beach, and Phoenix New Times.

This agreement and phasing out of the two newspapers led to an antitrust investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. The investigation resulted in a settlement, requiring the companies to sell off assets and the old newspapers' titles to any potential competitors.

The assets included such things as "office furniture, telephone systems", "all rights to the print and electronic archives of New Times LA publications", "permits and licenses for individual distribution racks and boxes", and "all customer lists, contracts, accounts, and credit records".[5]

At the time of closing, 100 employees worked for the newspaper.[4]

New Times LA's assets were bought by Southland Publishing, Inc., who publish various local newsweeklies. Among the assets included news racks, which allowed Southland to start two new papers: Los Angeles CityBeat and ValleyBeat.[6]


  1. ^ Weiner, Jon. "End of an Era at the LA Weekly" (Archive). The Nation. June 27, 2007. Print date: July 16, 2007.
  2. ^ Brooks, Nancy Rivera. "Phoenix Firm Buys Los Angeles Reader." Los Angeles Times. August 3, 1996. Retrieved on January 11, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "The Weekly Standard." Los Angeles Magazine. Emmis Communications. December 2005. Volume 50, No. 12. p. 74.
  4. ^ a b Blume, Howard. Contributor: Joe Donnelly. "The End of New Times." (Archive) LA Weekly, October 4, 2002.
  5. ^ Hold Separate Stipulation and Order : U.S. v. Village Voice Media, LLC and NT Media, LLC (Archive) from the United States Department of Justice.
  6. ^ Ferri, John (July 1, 2003) "Southland Won't Compete Head-to-Head With LA Weekly", Association of Alternative Newsmedia (Archive)(Accessed June 1, 2008)

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