Last week, I reported that Javier Aldape was leaving Hoy. What’s the story? Javier assures me he was not pressured to leave his job at the Spanish-language paper, or his duties at the L.A. Times.
Javier, whose official title is VP, Audience Development L.A. Times and GM & Editor, Hoy, Los Angeles tells me: “It was a very personal decision for me to go back to Chicago and it felt like the right time to do the transition. I love Chicago and I was looking forward to moving back.”
He says he’s leaving a paper which during his tenure has had “sustained growth” and “a bright future.”
Prior to coming to L.A. in February of last year, Javier was working for Hoy out of Chicago. Before that, he was the publisher of La Estrella, in Forth Worth.
What’s next? He didn’t want to say, even though I tried to pry it out of him.
“Something is in the works. I’m not ready to talk about it. My current plan is to stay in the industry. I want this period to be about the new GM and Hoy. I will be working prety aggressively on a transition schedule.”
Roaldo Morán will replace Javier, whose last day on the job will be March 28.