OC Register to Buy Riverside Press-Enterprise

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This morning, workers with the Riverside Press-Enterprise and the Orange County Register will attend separate town halls at their respective offices. The reason for the meetings is the same: the announcement that Freedom Communications, the Reg's parent company, will purchase the P-E.

Reporters in Riverside "are scared shitless," according to one, who requested anonymity. Reporters off Grand Street, on the other hand, have no idea why they're being called into the R.C. Hoiles Auditorium...until reading this story.

I had heard about this yesterday afternoon, but I wish I could get official confirmation on this story, the Reg's Czar of Misinformation, Eric Morgan, doesn't talk to me anymore wouldn't respond to my request for confirmation until early this morning, AFTER the Reg's Czarina of Misinformation, Mary Ann Milbourn (who has the unenviable task of writing up every story concerning the Register) published her own story. It represents an interesting strategy for Reg owner Aaron Kushner. He has been long rumored to want the Los Angeles Times, but with Tribune no longer wanting to sell the Times on its own, Kushner seems to want to put a pincer move on the paper, with the Reg in OC, his newish Long Beach Register in LBC--and, if it's confirmed, out in the Inland Empire with the P-E.

But the Reg's reporters are increasingly chafing under Kushner's expansionist plans: the salaries of veteran reporters who took pay cuts during the lean years haven't been restored, their 401k contributions are no longer being matched, and rumors are that the paper is losing mucho dinero in Kushner's grand scheme to become journalism's Jesus. If the P-E deal is finalized, will they hail it as further proof of Kushner's genius--or wonder why all those millions couldn't go into their pockets?

Email: garellano@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @gustavoarellano.

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artpedroza
artpedroza

This is not going to end well. Newspapers need to die already, or go fully digital.

Beezling
Beezling

It's about time the Register went into the newspaper business

Brandon Jerry Villa
Brandon Jerry Villa

Is the register a good paper? Out of the two other local papers out here in the IE the PE has the best coverage :(

Greg Ridge
Greg Ridge

Wait until they ask the 909 to pay to read it.......hilarious.....

Greg Ridge
Greg Ridge

Actually...this is a step up for them.....not a big one...but definitely a step up.

Anthea Knapper
Anthea Knapper

Aaawww I'm sorry to hear that. It's THE source for all my LOCAL local news... like stuff that happens down the street that no one else reports on. :(

Kyle Hojem
Kyle Hojem

Patch is on borrowed time. There's not making much money out of it.

H.O.M.E.
H.O.M.E.

It appears that funding from the Disney Corporation is being used by Kushner to buy the PE.

Soon, Disneyland will control not only Anaheim, but all of Orange and Riverside counties.

Disney has already financially raped the City of Anaheim for hundreds of millions of dollars.  Anaheim has almost nothing left, so Disney is moving to nearby governments to control and rape.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Riverside County merchants, meet pay-for-publish journalism!   


JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

What's next?  

El Aviso?  La Voz?  


Anthea Knapper
Anthea Knapper

We all just read the Patch now anyway. You have to pay to read the PE online just like the Register (which is why I stopped reading both).

Louie Leyva
Louie Leyva

Haha now the register will have even more racist followers.

Tom Slick Pearson
Tom Slick Pearson

Not to fear... Newspapers for the sake of news is a has been. All print news is on borrowed time, in this digital era...

Cesar Aguilar
Cesar Aguilar

It is what we make it. Let's have some pride.

Jennifer Canady
Jennifer Canady

Gees! Kushner is such a douche! Feel sorry for the PE people. It is not fun to work for Kushner...

dale_c
dale_c

Cannot believe they have not dropped their bullshit paywall yet....

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