So Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner tried to rally his troops yesterday during a townhall held at the Reg's third-floor newsroom. The occasion, of course, is an expected exodus of the newsroom--anywhere from 20 to 100 people--through a combination of severance packages and layoffs. Kushner ... More >>
Aaron Kushner, owner of The Orange County Register, probably assumed his recent interview with Larry Mantle, KPCC's host of AirTalk, would be a painless breeze. As we've previously reported, members of the mainstream media have repeatedly abandoned their cognitive powers to become squealing Kushne ... More >>
At the beginning of December 2013, Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner was seemingly on top of his empire-building game. Just a year and a half after acquiring Freedom Communications, the Boston businessman had completed the purchase of the Riverside Press-Enterprise, four months after havin ... More >>
See the third page of this post for more information on the coming Register furloughs, layoffs, and buyouts... ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 3, 10:24 A.M.: The wheels are coming off Aaron Kushner's grand experiment with the Orange County Register--and fast. On Friday, the Orange County Business Journal broke ... More >>
Murderers, Todd Spitzer, pervy teachers, Arte Moreno and so many more!
This morning, workers with the Riverside Press-Enterprise and the Orange County Register will attend separate town halls at their respective offices. But sources with both papers say the reason for the meetings is the same: the announcement that Freedom Communications, the Reg's parent company, will ... More >>
Let us be clear before we go any further: we in no way condone any illegal hacking, any illegal theft, or any illegal scaling of the coming digital wall that the Orange County Register is placing on its website starting this week, the wall its owners don't want anyone to criticize. But that's the th ... More >>
Tomorrow, our cover story will be one penned by yours truly, on the new ownership of the Orange County Register and whether their crazy plan to build up, not perpetually lay off, can both save Orange County's daily of record (and hilarious haters!) and journalism in the process. New owner Aaron Kush ... More >>
Have you read the job posting for the Orange County Register's new restaurant critic?I'm actually surprised; they're calling for a critic who will delve into Little Saigon and Little Arabia (note to the editors over there: it hasn't been called Little Gaza in years), who is at home in high-end resta ... More >>
Just heard from Julio Moran, executive director at the CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California, that the Orange County Register has just laid off nine reporters, including Yvette Cabrera, who happens to be president of CCNMA. We'll see who the other reporters are, but none sting more--and none sh ... More >>
Reality television has been blamed for a coarsening of society, the death of (well) scripted programming and my reason for being.It's also playing a role in the disappearance of the Orange County Register. No, this is not another post about the financial woes of Freedom Communications, the Regist ... More >>
Like vultures hovering over roadkill, media companies and private-equity firms are expected to pick at what remains of Irvine's Freedom Communications--parent company of The Orange County Register of Santa Ana--at auction Thursday.Among those likely placing bids will be Chicago-based Tribune, whi ... More >>
LA Observed's Kevin Roderick hints at something in his Media Notes that we here at the Weekly have been unable to confirm: there have been more staff reductions in a certain Santa Ana newsroom."Nudged early retirements, and possibly layoffs, have returned at the Orange County Register, a newsroo ... More >>
An Orange County Register editorial project that relies on the names, campuses and salaries of all public school teachers in the county has riled many instructors, a state teacher union official confirmed.This was most dramatically played out in the Huntington Beach Union High School District (HB ... More >>
If the death of a $184 million bailout ultimately kills the developer of homes above the ecologically sensitive Bolsa Chica wetlands, preservationists may have karma, an ancient Indian curse or an Orange County Register investor to thank.Or all three.
Is a "for sale" sign coming to the Orange County Register's Santa Ana complex?Not that long ago, the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times were embroiled in a bitter circulation battle that resulted in huge resources being pumped into this region, competing "hyper-local" community pa ... More >>
Valley Morning Star of Harlingen, Texas, announced today on Saturday it "has been selected to be the first newspaper" in the Irvine-based Freedom Communications' chain that is flagshipped by the Orange County Register "to use its online edition to boost readers' subscription values."Translation: Val ... More >>
FishBowlLA.com connects the dots today between indicted Broadcom co-founder Henry Nicholas III, the Orange County Register's parent company and the "PR guy" for both of them: Sitrick & Co. does PR for Freedom Communications, Inc.Mike Sitrick is also the PR guy for Dr. Henry Nicholas III, the for ... More >>
Scott Flanders, just missing the pipe, robe and Depends.Scott Flanders is the president and CEO of Irvine-based, Orange County Register-owner Freedom Communications until July 1, when he becomes the first non-Hefner CEO of Playboy Enterprises. Folio, a magazine/online network for magazine and e-netw ... More >>
Michael Volpe's Media & Marketing column in the current Orange County Business Journal--which I'd link you to but it's a pay site and I'm not that kind of girl--reports that the Orange County Register is launching promotions aimed at countering all the bad news about newspapers, which includes W ... More >>
Author, sociologist and working-class advocate Barbara Ehrenreich recently spoke about being confronted by a foe who accused her of engaging in class warfare, to which Ehrenreich responded that's absolutely true but her side in not the one that started the war.Who knew class-warfare skirmishes could ... More >>
UPDATED WITH REGISTER'S TAKE ON THE SETTLEMENT:The Orange County Register agreed today to shell out $42 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by newspaper carriers that was hailed as "the first of its kind in the United States" by the delivery workers' Santa Ana-based law firm. Daniel J. Callaha ... More >>
Back in October, we wondered out loud what was happening to the Orange County Register's once-vaunted food section. Today, further bad news: the wine column penned by Register investigative reporter Chris Knap is no more. But in ending his 12-year run, Chris couldn't help but take a swipe at me and ... More >>
The Register has -somewhat- reported that their publisher, N. Christian Anderson III, is on his way out, and Terry Horne of the East Valley Tribune is settling into his seat. I say somewhat because while the Reggie's article says who is taking Anderson's job, it doesn't touch upon the all-important ... More >>
Last year, the parent company of the Orange County Register, Freedom Communications, launched this fishwrap to reach a younger demographic since the Reg's core readership was born around the Roosevelt administration (Teddy, not FDR). This followed in the wake of the paper's continuing advertising ca ... More >>
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