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Freedom Communications

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Freedom Communications, Inc., is a media conglomerate that operates daily and weekly newspapers, websites and mobile applications, as well as Coast Magazine[1] and other specialty publications. Headquartered at 625 N. Grand Avenue in Santa Ana, California, it is owned by a private equity firm, 2100 Trust, established in 2010 by investor Aaron Kushner[2] Freedom's flagship newspaper is the Orange County Register, based in Santa Ana.

On November 1, 2015, Freedom Communications filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. [3]

Contents

  • Ownership 1
  • Leadership 2
  • Newspapers 3
  • Former television stations 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Ownership

Founder R.C. Hoiles gained a one-third interest in his first newspaper (The Alliance Review in Ohio) sometime in the 1910s. He and his brother Frank bought many more local newspapers over the next several decades. In 1935 he moved his base of operations to Santa Ana, California, and in 1950 he incorporated his syndicate as Freedom Newspapers, Inc. It was renamed Freedom Communications in 1993.[4] Freedom was operated as an entirely family-owned business until 2004, when private-equity firms Blackstone Group and Providence Equity Partners acquired a 40 percent share in Freedom for about $460 million. As part of this transaction, Freedom had acquired substantial debt.

On September 1, 2009, Freedom Communications went into a

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ Magazine website
  2. ^ Rem Rieder, USA TODAY 8:11 p.m. EDT June 25, 2013 (2013-06-25). "One newspaper cuts to survive; another invests to thrive". Usatoday.com. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  3. ^ "Chapter 11 Petition" (PDF). PacerMonitor. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Freedom Name Change
  5. ^ Peter Lattman, Russell Adams (August 31, 2009). "Paper Owner Freedom Plans to File For Chapter 11". Wall Street Journal. 
  6. ^ de la Merced, Michael (2009-09-01). "Freedom Communications Files for Bankruptcy".  
  7. ^ a b Milbourn, Mary Ann (November 2, 2011). "O.C. Register owner sells TV stations".  
  8. ^ Freedom Communications sells 4 Midwest papers
  9. ^ OCM purchases the Lima News
  10. ^ Freedom Communications Announces Sale Of Clovis, NM, News Journal to Clovis Media Inc.
  11. ^ AIM Media Texas, LLC acquires Texas newspapers
  12. ^ Freedom announces sale of Florida, N.C. properties to Halifax Media Group
  13. ^ "2100 Trust buys Daily Press parent company". Victorville Daily Press. July 25, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b January 17, 2014, pages B-1 and B-4Los Angeles Times,Ken Bensinger, "Dozens Laid Off at Freedom Newspapers,"
  15. ^ Khouri, Andrew (September 23, 2014). "Freedom Newspapers Ceases Publication of L.A. Register".  
  16. ^ Lopez, Ricardo (2014-06-03). "O.C. Register owner to cut staff, merge Long Beach and L.A. newspapers". Los Angeles Times.  
  17. ^ Pfeifer, Stuart; Khouri, Andrew (December 28, 2014). "Long Beach Register stops publishing".  
  18. ^ Avery, Greg (November 30, 2012). "Anschutz buys Colorado Springs Gazette". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  19. ^ Yuma Sun under new ownership
  20. ^ Sales of four north-valley newspapers announced
  21. ^ Register owner sells Victorville, Barstow newspapers
  22. ^ Mary Ann Milbourn, "Register owner expands in L.A.", Orange County Register, January 21, 2014.
  23. ^ OC Register parent to expand into Palm Springs
  24. ^ Mediha deMartino, "Freedom to Consolidate Spanish-Language Weeklies", Orange County Business Journal, March 7, 2014
  25. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Media General Puts 31 Papers, Including 13 in County, Up for Sale
  26. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Owner of Orange County Register Buys 30 Weeklies
  27. ^ Era Ending at Anaheim Bulletin
  28. ^ OC Register Ramps Up Newport Beach, Costa Mesa Coverage
  29. ^ a b DiMartino, Mediha (2014-05-30). "Sources Say Freedom to Furlough Staff, Trim Long Beach to Weekly Schedule". Orange County Business Journal. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  30. ^ Freedom Newspapers Buys Fullerton Weekly
  31. ^ Register Parent Buys 3 Weekly Newspapers
  32. ^ Irvine World News officially becomes daily newspaper
  33. ^ La Habra, Brea Papers Purchased
  34. ^ 2 Dailies Owned by Freedom Newspapers to Run Weekly
  35. ^ Times Mirror Unit Purchases Orange Paper
  36. ^ Freedom Newspapers Buys San Clemente Daily

References

  • 1 Freedom's flagship station
  • 2 Freedom's first television property

Notes:

Freedom folded its broadcast division in 2012;[7] as a result, none of these stations are currently owned by the company:

Former television stations

Freedom's newspaper portfolio consists of:

Newspapers

Founder and chief executive officer R.C. Hoiles led Freedom until his death in 1970. He was succeeded as chief executive officer by his son, C.H. Hoiles, who served until 1981, and then by:

Leadership

Freedom closed the sale of The Gazette (Colorado Springs) to Clarity Media, a subsidiary of The Anschutz Corporation, on November 30, 2012.[18] In 2013, Freedom Communications sold the Yuma Sun and the Porterville Recorder to Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers and the Appeal-Democrat to Horizon Publications.[19][20] In 2014, Freedom sold the Daily Press and the Desert Dispatch to New Media Investment Group.[21]

Kushner, who "preached the virtues of local journalism and a print product," bought Freedom in 2012 for $50 million plus assumption of pension liabilities. He increased staff and added new sections at the Orange County Register and began a new daily, the Long Beach Register. In January 2014, however, he announced heavy layoffs in Orange County and at the Riverside Press-Enterprise, which he also owned.[14] The Register launched a Los Angeles edition, the Los Angeles Register, on April 16, 2014, but the venture ended five months later.[15] The Long Beach Register became a Sunday-only publication in June 2014,[16] and ceased publication in December 2014.[17]

On June 11, 2012, Freedom Communications Holdings, Inc., announced an agreement to be acquired by 2100 Trust, LLC. in a merger with a subsidiary of 2100 Trust. On July 25, 2012, the latter, led by entrepreneur Aaron Kushner, acquired Freedom's dailies, associated non-daily publications and digital properties. The company continued to operate under the name Freedom Communications.[13]

Freedom began selling the majority of its newspaper portfolio in 2012. Four papers in the Midwest were sold to Ohio Community Media, an affiliate of the private equity firm Versa Capital Management, in May.[8][9] The Clovis News Journal and other newspapers in New Mexico were sold to Stevenson Newspapers.[10] Freedom papers in Texas were sold to AIM Media Texas.[11] Its Florida and North Carolina papers were sold to Halifax Media Group.[12]

The company announced on November 2, 2011 that it would sell its entire television division to Sinclair Broadcast Group in a move to eliminate the company's debt. The sale was completed on April 2, 2012.[7]

and Luxor Capital Group. Lenders to the company also retained a stake in Freedom. Angelo, Gordon & Co., Alden Global Capital The company left bankruptcy on April 30, 2010, under the ownership of investment firms [6][5]

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