Tribune chief executive to step down

Michaels has faced criticism for sexist and unprofessional behaviour at work in the past.

Chief executive of publishing group Tribune Randy Michaels, who has come under fire for displaying sexist and unprofessional behaviour at work, will be resigning from his post.

According to sources who spoke to the Los Angeles Times, the board members of the bankrupt Tribune met on Tuesday where they decided that it would be best for Michaels to step down.

The board did not make a formal request to him - the chief executive himself made the decision to quit.

Michaels will be replaced by a four-person office of the president comprising - chief executive of Los Angeles Times, Eddy Hartenstein, Chicago Tribune president Tony Hunter, Tribune's chief investment officer Nils Larsen and Don Liebentritt, chief restructuring office.

A few weeks ago, a report appeared in The New York Times claiming that the Tribune was run like a sexist "frat house" by Michaels and his top-management, most of whom were his former colleagues from the radio industry.

Later, the company's chief innovation officer Lee Abrams reportedly sent an email to the staff containing a video link with nudity and expletives in it.

Several women employees had also complained of being subjected to harassment in the form of lewd comments and gestures, media reports say.