Freedom names replacement CEO

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Freedom Communications has named Burl Osborne, former publisher of The Dallas Morning News and former chairman of the board of The Associated Press, as its new CEO.

He will take over next month for Scott Flanders, who left the job to take the helm at Playboy Enterprises.

Osborne has served on Freedom’s board as an independent director since 2004.

The company’s newspapers, The Orange County Register and The Gazette, have imlemented cost-cutting measures this year including layoffs and unpaid furloughs.