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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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OC Register changes editors

Orange County Register | OC Weekly | Jim Romenesko | LA Observed
Rob Curley is the new editor of the Orange County Register. He replaces Ken Brusic, who the Register says is "stepping down as part of a reorganization of the newspaper's newsroom."

Register business editor Donna Wares will be managing editor and will be in charge of the paper's planned Los Angeles edition. The Register laid off 32 in its newsroom, Publisher Aaron Kushner told his paper.

Gustavo Arellano reports Brusic was reluctant to implement cuts Kushner wanted. Jim Romenesko passes along a comment from a tipster characterizing layoffs at the paper as a "blood bath."

Register journalists in 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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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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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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Barrett Tryon placed on leave in social media policy dispute

The Colorado Gazette reporter was told to remove a link on his Facebook wall to a news article about the parent company’s sale. He refused, saying it was relevant news, factual and did not express a personal opinion. Tryon had a meeting scheduled today on the matter and thought he might even get fired. Now he tweets that he's been placed on "administrative leave" pending an investigation. He tells the Colorado Springs Independent that he was placed on leave after he said he planned to bring his lawyer to an HR meeting. (more...)
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Freedom Communications, MediaNews Group talks break down

Wall Street Journal | Colorado Springs Gazette
Buyout discussions broke down recently amid disagreements over price, report Russell Adams and Mike Spector. Freedom -- publisher of the Orange County Register and other papers -- put its properties, including TV stations, on the block late last year. MediaNews, Tribune, and the San Diego Union-Tribune owner were considered leading contenders to buy Freedom properties. The Journal reports today:
Freedom and MediaNews had been in advanced discussions for months on a tie-up that would bolster the Denver Post owner's standing as the second-largest U.S. newspaper conglomerate behind USA Today publisher Gannett Co. in terms of total circulation.

Freedom has given suitors several options for bidding on the chain. Possible buyers can make offers for the entire company, or they can separately bid on Freedom's eight television stations, its more than 100 daily and weekly newspapers or the flagship Register alone.

Private-equity firm Platinum Equity and newspaper publisher Tribune Co. could have strategic interest in the Register, said people familiar with the sales process. Platinum owns the San Diego Union-Tribune and Tribune owns the Los Angeles Times, papers both near the Register's market. But such tie-ups could draw regulators' attention given the overlapping markets.
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Orange County Register reinvents evening news cycle with curated iPad app

While some newspapers are tiptoeing into iPad apps with replica editions of their print products, The Orange County Register has developed something quite different: a curated editorial product published late in the day.

The Register’s approach to the iPad

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Tribune, MediaNews expected to bid for OC Register parent

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The auction is today. Bidders will be allowed to break off Freedom's newspapers from its other media holdings, such as TV stations, reports the Wall Street Journal. Freedom's 100-plus papers, including the Orange County Register, could fetch up to $350 million, while its eight TV stations are expected to go for as much as $400 million.
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New social media rules for Freedom Communications staff

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The Orange County Register parent says it "encourages its associates to participate in these [social] media as a means of generating interest in the Company’s products and services and creating business opportunities," but "the Company must ensure that use of these communications maintains its brand identity, integrity and reputation while minimizing actual or potential legal risks, whether used internally or externally." All employees must sign the policy. (It's reprinted after the jump.) (more...)
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