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Gazette for sale?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

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In an interesting blog this morning on Poynter, respected media analyst (i.e,, knowledgeable industry gossip) Rick Edmonds reported that “Barely eight months after emerging from bankruptcy, Freedom Communications, parent of the Orange County Register has put all its newspapers and television stations on the block.” Freedom owns the Gazette – so does that mean our […]

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Who will buy the Gazette?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

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The Gazette’s parent, Freedom Communications, is expected to exit from bankruptcy within six weeks. Under the company’s plan for reorganization, secured creditors led by JPMorgan Chase & Co. will own all of the company’s equity. That won’t last. The banks must, by law, divest themselves of their interests in the company within five years. In […]

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Gazette’s FreshInk gets less ink – like most newspapers these days

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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The Gazette has abandoned its ambitious plans to publish its FreshInk as a four-day per week free tabloid newspaper and instead has relegated it to a once-a-week insert. FreshInk, launched during April of this year, was the brainchild of Gazette publisher Steve Pope, who reportedly told his staff at the time that FreshInk was intended […]

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WSJ blogs about Hoiles, Freedom

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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Peg Brickley’s blog on the Wall Street Journal’s Web site might be of interest to Colorado Springs residents. Titled “Bankruptcy Beat,” it’s devoted to Springs resident Tim Hoiles, who reportedly cashed out his 8.6 percent stake in the family business, Freedom Communications, which owns the Gazette, for a cool $142 million. He’s sitting pretty – and that’s […]

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Freedom bankruptcy may cause local FCC problem

Monday, September 21, 2009

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Here’s yet another twist in the convoluted saga of the bankruptcy filing of the Gazette’s parent, Freedom Communications. In the palmy days of yore, JP Morgan Chase, Freedom’s largest secured creditor, apparently had an insatiable appetite for short-term debt issued by now-forlorn media titans.  The bank is also the lead secured creditor of two other […]

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Bankrupt Gazette parent to sell Arizona newspapers

Friday, September 18, 2009

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As I speculated, the Gazette’s bankrupt parent company, Freedom Communications, has begun the process of shedding assets. The East Valley Tribune reported yesterday: “Freedom Communications, parent company of the East Valley Tribune, has asked a bankruptcy court judge to allow the company to hire a broker in order to pursue the possible sale of the […]

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Freedom to sell off properties?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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Our sister publication, the Arizona Capitol Times, reported yesterday that just prior to declaring bankruptcy, Freedom Communications made a last-ditch effort to sell most, or all, of their Arizona pubs to a group of local investors. As Matt Bunk reported, “It’s not clear whether any agreement is under consideration now – there was a deadline […]

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Freedom’s just another word…

Monday, August 31, 2009

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 For nothin’ left to lose. Yesterday afternoon, at 3:29 PM, the Wall Street Journal reported that Freedom Communications, the parent company of the Colorado Springs Gazette, would file for bankruptcy this week. How did I know the precise time that the WSJ reported the story?  Because the Google alert, sent within microseconds of the WSJ […]

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