I happened to spy this in the paper
version of the OC Weekly
, but they also happen to have it online so's I can share it with my numerous readers: turns out the Register is in secret talks with Dean Singleton's MediaNews, Inc.
for content-sharing. MediaNews, Inc. is the publisher of the Daily News
, Long Beach Press-Telegram
, San Bernadino Sun
, among others. The speculated agreement would have the Register
covering only the Angels (probably Bill Plunkett and perhaps Mark Whicker), and the Daily News
sending its reporters (some combination of Tony Jackson, Diamond Leung, Paul Oberjuerge, and possibly others) to cover the Dodgers.
Singleton previously approached the Register to acquire it, but was rebuffed when the Hoiles family heirs raised $900M from the Blackstone Group and Providence Equity Partners. If they can't return that money by 2010, they may have to sell the paper anyway. Singleton has a reputation for slashing newspaper operating staffs, as he did after he bought the Press-Telegram in 1997. A content-sharing agreement would be a first step toward a merger.
Update 2/16: Lookee here: a Tony Jackson byline at the Register. Huh.
Labels: angels, dodgers, media, newspapers