For­mer ed­i­tor re­turns to Sig­nal

Pub­lisher names long­time SCV jour­nal­ist, Tim Whyte, for top spot

The Signal - - FRONT PAGE - By Steve Kig­gins Sig­nal Busi­ness Ed­i­tor

Long­time Santa Clarita Val­ley jour­nal­ist and public re­la­tions spe­cial­ist Tim Whyte was named Tues­day as ed­i­tor of The Sig­nal, mark­ing his reap­pear­ance at the 99-year-old news­pa­per after more than a decade.

Whyte’s re­turn as ed­i­tor, a po­si­tion he held from 1994-2004, was an­nounced by Pub­lisher Richard Bud­man, the sec­ond ma­jor struc­tural change at The Sig­nal in less than a week fol­low­ing Bud­man’s re­turn on June 7.

Whyte suc­ceeds Ja­son Schaff as The Sig­nal’s day-to-day leader of news­room op­er­a­tions. Schaff will tran­si­tion to lead The Sig­nal’s re-in­tro­duc­tion of a Sun­day news­pa­per, a project Bud­man la­beled as a top pri­or­ity when he and his wife, Chris,

an­nounced their pur­chase of the news­pa­per ear­lier in the month.

Perry Smith will con­tinue as the news­pa­per’s deputy manag­ing ed­i­tor.

“I’m ab­so­lutely ex­cited,” Whyte said. “This is a great op­por­tu­nity to cul­ti­vate con­nec­tions be­tween The Sig­nal and the com­mu­nity, to help The Sig­nal con­tinue to de­velop com­pelling print and on­line con­tent that con­nects with lo­cal res­i­dents, and to work with Richard again. He and I are of like mind when it comes to what the re­la­tion­ship should be be­tween a com­mu­nity news or­ga­ni­za­tion and the com­mu­nity it serves. It’s a valu­able re­la­tion­ship. The com­mu­nity should feel like this is their news­pa­per.”

Dur­ing Bud­man’s pre­vi­ous stint as pub­lisher from 2004-07, Whyte served as the news­pa­per’s gen­eral man­ager, a po­si­tion that placed him as the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s sec­ondin-com­mand. He be­gan work at The Sig­nal as a news re­porter in 1989 be­fore earn­ing a pro­mo­tion to city ed­i­tor and, even­tu­ally, the top news­room po­si­tion in 1994.

Whyte has lived in the Santa Clarita Val­ley since his child­hood years and is a Sau­gus High School grad­u­ate.

“I am very happy to ap­point Tim as my ed­i­tor,” Bud­man said. “He is an ex­cel­lent ed­i­tor, knows Santa Clarita and loves The Sig­nal as I do.”

After leav­ing The Sig­nal in 2007, Whyte launched his own public re­la­tions and me­dia con­sult­ing firm and ex­panded his teach­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as a part-time jour­nal­ism fac­ulty mem­ber at Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity, Northridge.

Whyte can be reached at 661287-5591 and via email at twhyte@sig­nalscv.com.

Cory Ru­bin/The Sig­nal

Long­time Santa Clarita Val­ley jour­nal­ist, Tim Whyte, stands out­side The Sig­nal’s head­quar­ters. Whyte, who has pre­vi­ously worked for The Sig­nal, was named as the ed­i­tor of the 99-year-old news­pa­per ear­lier in the week.

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