The leak was accurate: the Orange County Register is planning to expand into Los Angeles County. The new paper will publish seven days a week and they are thinking big. “We will be delivering a Los Angeles Register to the entirety of Los Angeles County,” publisher Aaron Kushner told the Orange County staff at a town hall meeting today. From the paper's story:
Kushner said specifics of the expansion are being worked out but that the new newspaper will be launched “soon” and will emphasize local Los Angeles news just like the Orange County Register covers its communities.
“It will be a daily newspaper of not quite the heft of the Orange County Register,” Kushner said, adding the publication will be larger in total pages than any of the existing newspapers in Los Angeles. In addition, he said, the Register would launch an unspecified number of Los Angeles community weeklies....
Kushner said the Los Angeles Register will use existing Orange County Register staff, noting he had added more than 200 people to its news staff in the past year, more than the size of most newsrooms in the country. Kushner said the Los Angeles edition will be staffed by journalists working in Los Angeles covering local news.
The announcement is the latest in a fast-paced expansion that began in July 2012 when Kushner’s 2100 Trust LLC bought Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Register. Since then, Kushner and co-owner Eric Spitz have expanded community editions, added weekly, monthly and quarterly magazines and in August launched the six-day-a-week Long Beach Register.
I posted on Tuesday that Kushner had scheduled a meeting amid speculation that the move into LA was to be unveiled.