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 after the first of the year, and they are thinking big.
Don Shirley at LA Stage Times has the toll: Capsule theater reviews will drop from the current seven or eight per week to about two, and commentaries by Steven Leigh Morris will appear every other week, instead of weekly.
Freedom Communications, the parent company of the Orange County Register, today completed its purchase of the Riverside Press-Enterprise for $27.25 million.
"For our current print subscribers nothing changes," says the publisher in an email to the staff. "As an employee you will have complimentary access."
Several functions at Tribune's newspapers will be combined with new executives and about 700 jobs cut. CEO Peter Liguori says the cuts will be mostly not in newsrooms.
The Daily News and the rest of the LANG papers will get a metered pay wall as soon as Wednesday, an edict from the parent company. Details to come.
A.H. Belo Corp. announced today that its deal to sell the Riverside Press-Enterprise to Aaron Kushner's Freedom Communications did not close Friday as scheduled. Belo is looking at its options, while Kushner says the deal will go through.
More of the drip-drip-drip ad declines that the parent company of the LAT has seen for several years. Tribune's next major step comes early next year when the company discloses its plans for splitting off the newspaper assets into a separate entity.
Photographer Julius Chiu doesn't work at the Los Angeles Times, but he managed to get in and take a series of photos at the paper's lone remaining printing plant, on Olympic Boulevard south of downtown.
Former shareholders in Freedom Communications allege that buyer Aaron Kushner has wrongly held back $17 million from the 2012 purchase deal that put him in charge of the Orange County Register. He says they defrauded him on the deal.
Publisher Aaron Kushner insists that he doesn't care whether people read the Register in print or online - just so long as they're subscribers. What he refuses to accept is that the traditional subscription model is dying.
Here's the first big indication that Freedom Communications and its CEO, Aaron Kushner, have designs on the Southern California market that go beyond the flagship OC Register.
The Orange County Register put the story about T.J. Simers jumping from the LA Times on the front page of this morning's sports section — and outside the website paywall. No word on whether the columns themselves will disappear behind the wall.
The reporters and editors at the OC Weekly are old school: they keep booze in the desks. After some unexplained drainage, they set up a video camera to catch the culprit.
They have less money coming in and fewer resources to produce the product. Is it any surprise that valuations for newspaper properties are so low? But wait, there's more.
So much for all the speculation about what would happen to the editorial standards of the LAT if the conservative billionaires bought the dailies.
Gene Maddaus of the LA Weekly has a cover story this week on the life and death of journalist Michael Hastings. Maddaus talks to friends and colleagues and finds that there was a lot of concern about Hastings in the days before his Mercedes hit a tree on Highland Avenue.
Properties that were once valued at $1 billion or more are now going for relative chump change. Could the Times fetch more than $100 million?
Once you get over the shock that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is buying the Washington Post for $250 million, ending the Graham family's stewardship of one of America's leading newspapers, what stands out is having this master of online marketing and retailing taking a shot at the sad-sack world of old media.
A dress code memo went out Monday at the Los Angeles Daily Journal reminding the inmates to dress professionally. While the reminders are not specifically addressed to women, the warnings seem clearly targeted. No spaghetti straps. No midriffs. Crop pants, yes. Capris, no.
Aaron Kushner has not provided financial results, but he said in an interview that his strategy to push print might take a while to succeed. "The early indication on the advertising and subscription side is that, ultimately, we will achieve our expectations," he said.
The Tribune people did say that they would still consider selling off their newspapers, but this morning's announcement would indicate that for the time being, the L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune and the other papers will remain intact.
Tribune Company announced today that it will spin off the newspapers it owns, including the Los Angeles Times. All of the other assets, including real estate, would stay with Tribune. This does not preclude a sale of the Times down the road.
Everybody else was talking about it, and now the Orange County Register is ready to spill the beans: the paper is starting a Long Beach edition to publish six days a week starting Aug. 19.
Probably not. If anything, the acquisition of 19 additional stations signals that the parent company of the LAT is moving away from print.
Anne Soble, the weekly's owner, publisher and editor, has developed serious health problems. Her son posted a note saying she cannot continue and asked if someone would like to take over the paper, a fixture on the Malibu coast.
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