Freedom Communications

Tribune Publishing indicates that it does want to buy the Orange County Register

Tribune Publishing took legal action today confirming speculation that it hopes to buy Freedom Communications and its Orange County Register out of federal bankruptcy court. At a hearing, the Wall Street Journal reported, Tribune offered to contribute $3 million to the bankruptcy in exchange for a right to bid on the property when the proceedings are completed. Under … Read More

Freedom Communications, parent of Orange County Register, files for bankruptcy -- again

Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Orange County Register, has filed for bankruptcy. Rich Mirman, Freedom's chief executive and publisher, says he expects the bankruptcy case to have no impact on day-to-day operations. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) The Orange County Register's parent company, Freedom Communications filed for bankruptcy protection Sunday. Given the company's multiple financial problems, that … Read More

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. Read More

New social media rules for Freedom Communications staff

Romenesko Misc. 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.) Read More