After a string of lay-off announcements, the Los Angeles Times on Thursday announced a new hire -- Joe Flint, the former television columnist for the Wall Street Journal (1999-2006) and, before that, Entertainment Weekly and Daily Variety. On his summary, Flint wrote "I am well connected with a deep knowledge of how the television industry operates, who the major players are, and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead." At the Times , Flint will oversee the newspaper's "Company Town" blog. In an email to staff, Sallie Hofmeister, Assistant Managing Editor of Arts and Entertainment at the newspaper, said that Flint "brings to the job an acerbic wit, three gigabytes of Outlook contacts and nearly 20 years of experience covering the business." [Hofmeister may have exaggerated a bit; a gigabyte of disc space can store 100 million words.]