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Kushner: ‘Only in the newspaper business’ would L.A. Register’s launch draw criticism

Los Angeles Register | LA Observed | Associated Press | Reuters
The Los Angeles Register launches Wednesday. Owners Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz "are hand-delivering copies of the newspaper on Wednesday to business and civic leaders across Los Angeles," the paper says in a press release.

Wednesday's L.A. Register (photograph by Sandee Oshiro)
The paper promises heavy local coverage and opinion columnists who "will bring a right-of-center perspective and engage in civil debate," as well as "more than a dozen new community editions," the release says. Some of the staff moving north from the Register's homebase in Orange County, where Kushner publishes the Orange County Register, include sports columnist T.J. Simers; food writers Brad A. Johnson, Nancy Luna and Cathy Thomas; and film critic Michael Sragow. (more...)
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Freedom Communications’ Los Angeles Register to launch mid-April

Freedom Communications | Orange County Register Freedom Communications' challenge to the Los Angeles Times — the Los Angeles Register — will soft launch on April 16, the company announced Monday. The company also plans to introduce roughly a dozen community papers throughout Los Angeles County. Over 7,500 retail and news rack locations will carry the Register at $1.50 on weekdays and $2 on Saturdays and Sundays, the company said. Home delivery will follow at an initial four-week subscription rate of $19.99. According to a company statement:
"The Los Angeles Register will deliver community-building information about local activities, people and issues that impact our lives every day," said Aaron Kushner, co-owner of Freedom Communications and Publisher of the Los Angeles Register. "Newspapers play an incredibly vital role in the social fabric of our lives- informing, inspiring and connecting us with our community. The Los Angeles Register and our community newspapers serving Los Angeles will focus on creating deep and meaningful local connections, as it is this type of bond and mission that helps subscribers, advertisers and our community itself thrive."
In December, Kushner told the staff of the Orange County Register that the new paper will have "not quite the heft of the Orange County Register" and will be produced by the O.C. Register's existing staff. (more...)
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O.C. Register owner plans new daily paper in Los Angeles

Orange County Register | Los Angeles Times | KPCC
Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner plans to launch a daily paper in Los Angeles called the Los Angeles Register. He told staff of his plans in a meeting Thursday, Mary Ann Milbourn reports.

The new paper will have "not quite the heft of the Orange County Register," Kushner said, and it will be produced by the O.C. Register's existing staff, Milbourn reports. It will have an L.A. office, he told Milbourn.

Kushner told the Los Angeles Times' Andrea Chang the new paper will "hire editorial staff externally and transfer some existing employees to the L.A. office."

The paper will be distributed to the "entire Los Angeles area,” a Freedom Communications spokesperson told Wendy Lee. (more...)
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Providence Journal may be sold

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Providence Journal Publisher Howard G. Sutton told employees Wednesday morning that the paper's owner, A.H. Belo, is exploring a sale of the publication, Paul Edward Parker reports.

Selling the newspaper "would allow the Company to continue to focus resources and management time and attention on its core Dallas market," an A.H. Belo press release says. The company also owns The Dallas Morning News and the Denton Record-Chronicle. It recently sold The (Riverside, Calif.) Press-Enterprise to Aaron Kushner.

The Journal's average Sunday circulation was 105,810 in September, down 11 percent from the previous year. Its average weekday circulation was 106,605, down about 7 percent from September 2012. The paper's "advertising revenue has plunged 66% since 2005, falling to $46 million last year," WPRI's Ted Nesi reports. The paper offered buyouts in September, and 12 people took them. In April, the Journal named Karen A. Bordeleau its executive editor.

"Company officials cautioned that it wouldn't sell The Journal if it could not find an appropriate buyer or could not come to acceptable terms with a would-be buyer," Parker writes.
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Dallas Morning News will print Star-Telegram, which plans layoffs

Dallas Morning News | Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Los Angeles Times The Dallas Morning News will start printing the Fort Worth Star-Telegram next year, Gary Jacobson reports. Two hundred and seventy-five people will lose their jobs, 75 of them full-time positions, because of the move. “This makes all the sense in the world,” said Morning News Publisher and A.H. Belo CEO Jim Moroney, according to Jacobson. The Star-Telegram plans to sell its printing facility. Its publisher, Gary Wortel, tells his paper that "one added convenience for Sunday subscribers is that they will begin receiving their advertising circulars in a sealed plastic bag." (more...)
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Aaron Kushner: ‘We don’t like negative political advertisements’

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The Orange County Register banned "ads that challenge politicians by name" following complaints from local politicos, Adam Elmahrek reports. Anaheim city councilmembers Kris Murray and Gail Eastman were "infuriated" by ads local activist and blogger Jason Young placed in the paper, Elmahrek writes, "and according to multiple sources, the two made their feelings clear during a meet-and-greet session with Eric Spitz, who along with Aaron Kushner, purchased the newspaper last year."

Kushner told Elmahrek the politicians' dismay didn't affect the paper's policy, writing in an email:
“We don't like negative political advertisements and believe that if we are doing our job, they should undergo a greater level of systematic scrutiny. We take our responsibilities to Orange County seriously so when we see opportunities to improve, we accept that responsibility and strive to do so,” Kushner wrote.
Young shares an email chain he says is with a Register ad rep who tells him "the last ad that ran created some heat" and that "I got an email just saying that political ads must be reviewed before they get released." Young submitted the text of a proposed ad to the rep, who told him s/he had "submitted the copy that you sent me to management and I am very sorry but it was not approved." (more...)
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Boston Globe sale precipitated by $100 million bid in January

Former Boston Globe President Rick Daniels leads an investor group that offered "more than $100 million" for The Boston Globe in January, Keach Hagey reported Friday night.

"The Times has been in quiet talks for the past year with the buyer group," Hagey reported. (more...)
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OC Register, investing heavily in print, also readies paywall

News & Tech | Nieman
The Orange County Register is preparing to launch a metered paywall this year, News & Tech reports. New Register owner Aaron Kushner has made no secret of his plans to charge for online access to the paper, but stories about his stewardship so far have focused mostly on his "print-first" strategy -- adding journalists, print editions and forging closer ties between community organizations and the printed newspaper.

To make money on those investments in an age of declining print advertising, Kushner needs to bring in more money from circulation, Ken Doctor wrote last week. The Register, he said, has to install a gate to retain readers who may balk at increased subscription prices:
Once [the price of a print sub] goes up, the Register’s subscribers will no longer have the choice of dropping their subscriptions in favor of free digital. That loophole will be closed — and that supports the higher prices.


Other newspapers are readying paywalls, using the same company as the Register, News & Tech reports, including The (Norfolk, Va.) Virginian-Pilot and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Related: The case for paywalls: Gannett gains while Digital First experiments (Poynter) | "I can’t work on theory alone. I have to try paywalls," Digital First CEO John Paton writes (Digital First) | Orange County Register launches "We Are Here in the Service of Orange County" brand campaign
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Tribune emerges from 4-year bankruptcy, with intent to sell all newspapers, TV stations

Chicago Tribune | L.A. Times | Bloomberg | Reuters
As the Tribune company ends a four-year period of bankruptcy today, it plans to sell all of its media properties, according to a report by Robert Channick.
Tribune Co. owns 23 television stations, including WGN-Ch. 9, WGN America, eight daily newspapers and other media assets, all of which the reorganization plan valued at $4.5 billion after cash distributions and new financing. Eventually, all the assets are expected to be sold, according to the new owners.
A financial analysis this year estimated the broadcast assets are worth $2.85 billion; a stake in the Food Network and Internet companies including CareerBuilder is worth $2.26 billion; and the company's newspapers are worth $623 million. (more...)
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Newspaper acquisition market keeps churning: Colorado Springs Gazette resold after four months

Aaron Kushner's 2100 Trust investment group is selling The Colorado Springs Gazette just four months after buying the paper.
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The company, led by former greeting-card entrepreneur Kushner, acquired the Gazette and six other papers when it bought Freedom Communications in July. But the sale to billionaire Philip Anschutz's Clarity Media Group isn't a sign that Kushner is losing interest in newspapers. (more...)
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