Orange County Register sold to Aaron Kushner group
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The Orange County Register has been sold to 2100 Trust LLC. The newspaper had been owned by Freedom Communications, which announced the sale of its newspapers in Texas and in the Midwest last month and of its newspapers in North Carolina and in Florida on June 1. Kushner's getting the Register, plus Freedom's remaining six dailies: The Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colo.; The Sun of Yuma, Ariz.; The Desert Dispatch of Barstow, Calif.; The Porterville (Calif.) Recorder; the Victorville, Calif., Daily Press; and the Marysville, Calif., Appeal-Democrat.
Kushner had previously attempted to buy The Boston Globe and MaineToday Media. Kushner's negotiations with the Portland Newspaper Guild reportedly went so badly they helped scotch the entire deal.
Freedom announced the sale of its broadcast division late last year. In November 2010, Poynter's Rick Edmonds tried to divine the company's strategy as it emerged from bankruptcy: "Might the strategy be to sell some of the properties, keep others and reposition the company by investing the proceeds in digital ventures?"
Coincidentally, the Register was mentioned in David Carr's New York Times column Monday as a property that U-T San Diego owner Douglas F. Manchester might be interested in buying. Ricky Young, an editor at U-T San Diego, just tweeted:
I guess we're not buying the Register bit.ly/LRxmWQ
— Ricky Young (@RickyWhy) June 11, 2012