According to a video posted on O.C. Metro's website today, Orange County Register publisher Terry Horne plans to retire on Sept. 30, after 35 years in the journalism business. Horne has been publisher since 2007 and his departure coincides with rumors that the newspaper, along with the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, might someday be folded into a mega-paper.
There's nothing immediately visible on the Register's website about Horne's looming departure, but you can watch a video of the Metro's scoop here. The clip provides no explanation for Horne's decision but quotes him talking nice about the O.C.
Says Horne, "Orange County is one of the most dynamic and vibrant communities in the country."