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 >>
Yesterday, Dean Singleton, the controversial chairman and CEO of MediaNews Group, which owns dozens of newspapers including the Denver Post and LA Daily News, announced he was stepping down from his longtime post. Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting, two new members of the board of director ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Sniff. Sniff. Ecch. You smell something? What the... OK, who let all those elephants and donkeys in here?
Yes, a fun temporary feature tracking the movements of America's favorite symbolic political herbivores now lurks in the lower-right-hand area of our home page: Two blogs from our Village Voice ... More >>
According to folks we know who work there--see our OC Register Death Watch archive for all the depressing details--morale has never been lower at the Orange County Register. Last weekend, I bumped into one prominent Reg writer who told me it takes all his strength to even show up at work for fear of ... More >>
It's never fun being right about this kind of thing, but apparently the OC Register is laying off 80 to 90 employees, according to a post today on the newspaper's website.
Here's about half of the post (it's really short):
"... [Publisher Terry] Horne cited Orange County’s sluggish economy, es ... More >>
Most people know Dean Singleton as the owner of the Denver-based MediaNews, Inc., a man who loves to buy newspapers like the L.A. Daily News and Long Beach Press-Telegram so that he can slash salaries, bust unions, earn huge profits, and generally quicken the destruction of print journalism. (His ef ... More >>
LA Daily News staff are bracing for a possible shakeup after, as media blog LA Observed reports, employee representatives have sent memos saying a meeting this very afternoon could produce some very bad news.
We expect there will probably be a staff meeting called Wednesday afternoon and that they ... More >>
It's been just over a week since I wrote that the Orange County Register is in content-sharing talks with Dean Singleton's MediaNews Inc. and a week since Register publisher Terry Horne told one of his own reporters about his vision for saving the paper, including the formation of "a consortium with ... More >>
Last week, I reported that the Orange County Register is in secret talks with Dean Singleton, owner of the Denver-based MediaNews Inc. and an all-around Darth Vader of daily news--he bought and all but killed the Long Beach Press Telegram, just as one example--to share content and lay off writers. I ... More >>
Tehama County, California, is one of the Golden State's more-backward counties, with a population of about 60,000 and a local economy predicated on tourism and...uh, not much else. The main newspaper in town, the Red Bluff Daily News, is a Dean Singleton-owned rag, and thus we can't expect much of i ... More >>