Zell looking to...buy?

Even the original item sounds skeptical, but the Wall Street Journal's Heard on the Street page speculates today that Sam Zell may share the newspaper empire-building gene of his predecessors the Chandlers:

Might Sam Zell double down in the Southern California newspaper market? The buzz is that Mr. Zell's Tribune Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times, is looking at the San Diego Union-Tribune, now being sold. Given the debt load hanging over his own media group, Mr. Zell is a more obvious seller. But predictable is one thing that Mr. Zell is not.

Meanwhile, Lee Abrams made an appearance at the Society of News Design conference in Las Vegas. He's also profiled in the latest Columbia Journalism Review.


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