Orange County Register to be sold to Digital First Media


Orange County Register to be sold to Digital First Media

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The bankrupt owner of the Orange County Register has decided to sell to Digital First Media after a judge blocked a larger auction bid by the owner of the Los Angeles Times.

An attorney for Freedom Communications says Saturday that the company will ask a federal bankruptcy judge to approve the sale on Monday.

Digital First owns nine Southern California newspapers and websites, including the Los Angeles Daily News. It offered $45.5 million for Freedom.

Tribune Publishing Co. offered $56 million but on Friday a judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking its purchase. The U.S. Department of Justice requested the order in an antitrust lawsuit.

Tribune had argued the restraining order might doom the deal, which would have given it control of Southern California’s four largest daily newspapers.

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Source: Olean Times Herald
Orange County Register to be sold to Digital First Media

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