• Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    LA Register Reporter Jumps to Rival Paper Before Reg Even Debuts

    Updated, with a response by England-Nelson (note the regal hyphen!) at the bottom... ORIGINAL POST, 7:33 A.M. The Orange County Register's daily newspaper for Los Angeles is scheduled to debut April 16, and already its reporters are trying to jump ship, already souring on owner Aaron Kushner's ambi ... More >>

  • News

    September 19, 2013

    Aaron Kushner: Our Own Journalism Jesus

    [Moxley Confidential] The OC Register owner takes his savior schtick to MSNBC

  • News

    December 13, 2012

    Is Aaron Kushner the Pied Piper of Print?

    Can the novice publisher save The Orange County Register and transform journalism in the process?

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    [UPDATED with Tribune Talks Back On:] Sale Could Lead to One Company Owning All SoCal Dailies

    ​UPDATE, JUNE 16, 9:22 A.M.: Now that merger talks with MediaNews have broken down, Irvine-based owner of the Orange County Register Freedom Communications has revived negotiations with that other Southern California newspaper  publisher.No, not the Los Angeles investment company that bought ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Register Sale Could Lead to One Company Owning All SoCal Dailies: Media Expert

    ​A newspaper journalist-turned-Silicon Valley media mogul sets up the dominoes which, once tipped over, could lead "a single entity" to "publish all the dailies from the Tehachapi Mountains at the north end of metro L.A. to the Mexican border."At the middle of it all is the pending sale of the Ora ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Register Newsroom Even Roomier?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Orange County Register Owner Freedom Communications' Papers, TV Stations for Sale

    ​Update, November 18, 5:20 p.m.: A media industry watcher suggests Freedom Communications may have a strategy behind what would seem to be a counter-intuitive move to sell the modern-day equivalent of buggy whips, daily newspapers."Might the strategy be to sell some of the properties, keep othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Dreaming of the Parts of Freedom CEO Mitch Stern's Interview That Weren't Print to Fit

    ​Now that he's unloaded the U-Haul and settled into his new office in Irvine, Freedom Communications CEO Mitch Stern sat down for an interview with a reporter from his media company's flagship newspaper, the Orange County Register.This is important to Grand Avenue wags as Freedom emerges from banr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Long Beach's District Weekly WILL Fold

    UPDATE: reports District Weekly editor-in-chief Ellen Griley confirmed in an email that the paper will close. Unnamed sources also tell OC Weekly this is true. ​Just checked the home page of the District Weekly and was greeted by a headline that reads, "Pie in the Sky."That pretty much ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Yet Another Newspaper Chain To Go Bankrupt

    Who's Next?​The rest of the economy might be slowly recovering from the great global economic cataclysm, but the death march of daily print journalism continues. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal---one of the few daily papers that successfully managed the rise of the Internet--reported that Dean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Reports of Freedom Paper's Death May Have Been Premature

    ​Perhaps a daily newspaper the Orange County Register's corporate parent planned to kill will rise from the ashes.The Arizona daily does circulate just outside Phoenix, after all.

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Voice of OC Taps Voice of SD Reporter for Editor Job

    Jonathan Ho / OC WeeklyNorberto Santana Jr. and son in VOOC's office.​The Voice of OC, the nonprofit news site helmed by former Register reporter Norberto Santana Jr., is hiring up--and it's taking at least one staffer from a publication close to its own heart.The Voice of San Diego on Wednesday b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    OC Register Overlord Freedom Communications Kills a Paper

    ​Officials from Irvine-based Freedom Communications, whose flagship newspaper is the Orange County Register, told employees of Arizona's East Valley Tribune newspapers that they will cease operations on Dec. 31.Freedom's official announcement is contained in this company news release. It's also ba ... More >>

  • News

    October 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Will OC Register Move From Santa Ana to Times OC Building in Costa Mesa?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Sister Paper LA Weekly Hires Drex Heikes as New Editor

    OC Weekly's big sister paper, LA Weekly, has announced that long-time Los Angeles journalist Drex Heikes will become its next editor on Aug. 17. LA's announcement has the full scoop, but the quick rundown is Heikes previously spent 18 years at the Los Angeles Times before taking the number-two posit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    The Register To Start Charging For Online Content?

    This could be nothing, but the media-watching folks at The Atlantic and Gawker seem to think it very well could be something big. The executives of the nation's top newspaper companies -- Register-owning, Irvine-based Freedom Communications among them -- met yesterday in Chicago to talk about the fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Will Freedom Take Playboy Down With Register?

    There is one thing we can take solace in here at the Weekly: post something online about infighting at the Orange County Register and its Freedom Communications parent and it's sure to generate comments--from those doing the infighting. Our Publisher to Register Employees: Let Them Eat Hawaiian Brea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    An Even More Dramatic Look at Register's Circulation Free Fall

    Data released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations at the end April was sad but unsurprising: over the previous six months, circulation at the Orange County Register of Santa Ana fell 7.9 percent to 230,877 for Monday through Friday editions and 3.7 percent to 300,273 on Sundays. But a Bay Area press ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    OC Register's Fast Food Maven Takes Week Off

    And that's news? Yes, because it's an enforced week off, i.e. a furlough, thanks to the rough patch the newspaper industry is going through. But good ol' Nancy Luna is looking on the bright side, saying she needs the break anyway and will spend it with her family. Enjoy your vacation, Nan ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 1, 2009

    Paperback Writer

    Jan Burke Signing

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Gustavo KPFK Show, Part III--Preview and Review

    Part I at 4 p.m.: Downtown Los Angeles walking tour of lynch spots! Interview with the man behind this ultimate tourist trap, Scripps College Professor Ken Gonzales-Day.Part II at 4:20 p.m.: Southern California ethnic news aggregator LA Beez.Part II at 4:40 p.m.: Your calls regarding your favorite S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    We're Doomed

    I just read this from Editor and Publisher: "'[M]ore newspapers and newspaper groups will default, be shut down and be liquidated in 2009, and several cities could go without a daily print newspaper by 2010,' the Chicago-based credit ratings firm Fitch Ratings said in a report on the outlook ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2008

    OC Register to Lay Off 110, Including 30 in Newsroom

    *Bumped to the top, with new info as it comes on the bottom... The following letter from Register publisher Terry Horne landed in my junk folder this morning, right about the time it apparently reached LAObserved. Not a whole lot to add to this, except our wishes that all this self-destructive madn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    Goodbye Tony D. ... and the Pilot, too?

    Sad news about a really good guy, Tony Dodero: the former editor-in-chief of the Newport Beach/Costa Mesa Daily Pilot is being let go as the director of news and online for L.A. Times Community News publications, which include the Pilot, Huntington Beach Independent and Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2008

    Print Journalism: The 8-track cassette of news?

    William Lobdell, a veteran investigative reporter/editor in the Orange County wings of the Los Angeles Times media empire until he took a buyout last month, launched LOBDELL'S OC today. Lobdell says his blog will focus on news and observations concerning OC, but his inaugural post provided dark, if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    Times About to Lay Off 250 Employees

    Apparently trying to compete with the Orange County Register for worst place to work on the planet, the Los Angeles Times is about to lay off 250 people, including 150 newsroom employees, according to a source who, for the time being at least, still actually works at the paper. There's been rumors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2008

    The Reg-O-Meter©: Interpreting Terry Horne's Tuesday reader letter

    Interpreting Register publisher Terry Horne’s Page 2 Tuesday letter to Reg readers, the same day the paper introduced a new slimmed-down format—all pages reduced by a one-inch width to save on the cost of newsprint. (You can just call it shrinkage.) Warning: Horne uses the word “exciting” ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2008

    Daily Pilot - Not So Daily

    Notice anything missing this Monday? Your Daily Pilot, perhaps? That's because Newport Beach and Costa Mesa's daily paper has halted the production of their Monday print edition in order to save money. The financial crunch caused their parent organization, Times Community News, which owns seven ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2008

    OC Weekly kicks major ass in SoCal press club award nominations (Updated)

    I knew we'd build on last year...and we have. Congratulations to all this year's nominees: Journalist of the Year, PRINT (Under 100,000 circulation) REPORTER, COLUMNIST OR EDITOR: Scott Moxley, OC Weekly News Feature, DAILY/WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS Under 100,000 circulation: Nick Schou, OC Weekly, “Ju ... More >>

  • News

    March 20, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 26, 2008

    Sam Zell's gonna cut you, man

    Joseph Pulitzer, famed newspaper magnate and founder of the Pulitzer Prize once said, "Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together." Sam Zell, billionaire and CEO of the Los Angeles Times parent Tribune Co. once said, "Everyone likes pussy. It’s un-American not to like pussy." With such ... More >>

  • News

    February 14, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 23, 2007

    Register Gone Red?

    The Orange County Register's parent company, Blackstone Group, said Red money is good money May 22 as they accepted $3 billion from its newest partner, the Chinese government, according to reports from several news agencies. Blackstone Group is a private equity firm that owns 28 daily newspapers and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2007

    Censorship by Chicanos at Chapman?

    While the well-moneyed, Republican-friendly overlords of Chapman University celebrate the school's new film studios, trouble is a-brewin' at my alma mater. Last Monday, the school held a faculty-led panel discussion on free speech and civility after African-American and Latino students complained ab ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 1, 2007

    Diary of a Mad County

    Jan. 24-Jan. 30

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2006

    Hugh Hewitt is a Hypocrite

    The godfather of blogs trashes what he calls the MSM (mainstream media--essentially, anyone who doesn't toe the Republican line) every chance he gets. But in a post today on his blog, Hewitt reveals he's an investor in The News Right Now, a news aggregator, and calls it a "very wise move."  Her ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 9, 2006

    Finding a Scapegoat

    Nick Schou's Kill the Messenger

  • News

    October 5, 2006

    Kill the Messenger

    The tragic unraveling of one of Americas most talented yet enigmatic investigative journalists.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2006

    Muzzling Troy

    Troy High School in Fullerton has a lot going for it. The combined public and magnet school is known for its high SAT scores, Troy Tech and International Baccalaureate programs, its wins or high placements in the U.S. National Science Olympiad and Western Regional Science Bowl sponsored by NASA/JPL, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2006

    Aw, FOO-ey!

    Hats off to the LA "By God" Times' politico reporter Jean Pasco. Finally, a daily newspaper that circulates in Orange County has drawn a connection between criminally tainted GOP superlobbyist Jack Abramoff and wack-packin' Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach). Way to go, Jean-o! Of c ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 30, 2003
  • Features

    September 26, 2002
  • Columns

    August 29, 2002
  • Features

    August 15, 2002

    A Times Obituary

    When did the Times OC become the Times DOA?

  • Features

    April 5, 2001
  • Features

    January 18, 2001

    True Life at the Register

    My so-called life at Orange Countys biggest daily newspaper

  • News

    June 15, 2000

    Too Nice to Minorities?

    Critics charge Reg has abandoned whitey

  • News

    March 23, 2000

    The Times Trials

    Trib buys Timesbut for how long?

  • News

    May 14, 1998
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