Doug Manchester, the hotelier and new owner of The San Diego Union-Tribune, is interested in buying the North County Times, the region’s other major newspaper, which covers Del Mar to Riverside County.
Lee Enterprises, the Times’ parent company, filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month, struggling under the weight of nearly $1 billion in debt.
Manchester said he hasn’t made an offer for the paper, but has discussed how it could allow the Union-Tribune to expand.
“Everyone is looking at it,” Manchester said. “It could add to our collection and it could be beneficial. We’re probably the logical buyers, but we haven’t met with anyone on it.”
Manchester and the Union-Tribune’s new CEO, John Lynch, have said they are interested in bringing in television and radio stations into two empty floors of the newspaper’s Mission Valley headquarters.
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When you consider the press of Hitler (as Dorli Rainey experienced) you understand that a press controlled by one person or entity is a very bad situation for an informed public. Diversity of ownership of the press is a major characteristic of a free society. Manchester should not allowed to purchase/control the North County Times. Period.
Manchester could do worse -- I hope he does it just to see the North County Liberals go into shock -- they display pearl-clutching at the very thought of conservative or centrist media, believing that all proper people share their interest in distributing other people's money.