Meredith Artley is leaving as Los Angeles Times online managing editor for CNN.com to fill the global news site’s top edit job. Artley’s departure was announced internally today. CNN PR would only say “we aren’t making any announcements over the Labor Day weekend” but we can fill you in on some details. (NYO first reported her pending departure for CNN.com; LA Observed has the memos.) CNN.com SVP & GM KC Estenson has been looking since at least May for a vice president and managing editor to head the editorial operations. Artley, who joined LATimes.com as executive editor in early 2007, more than fits the bill of this job description. She’ll be responsible “for presentation and publishing of news and information published to and distributed via the CNN.com, iReport, and mobile services.”
Artley spent 10 years in online journalism at the New York Times Co. as associate editor of nytimes.com and then as editor and director at IHT.com in Paris before moving to LA. During her time at the Tribune paper, the site’s unique users and page views more than doubled. A major redesign launched last month to good reviews. LAT spokeswoman Nancy Sullivan told paidContent: “I think that we’re as well poised interactively as we’ve ever been.” She said Artley’s team remains in place and that a successor is already being sought.
This is unrelated to another set of moves on the online business side. John O’Loughlin’s recent promotion to head all LAT advertising was followed by the departure of online ad head Juliana Jaoudi and online entertainment ad head Jennifer Van Hook. More changes are likely on the way.
By Staci D. Kramer