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The OCR files for bankruptcy

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by TigerVols, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

  2. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Freedom said advertisers and subscribers “will not be impacted by the reorganization.”
  3. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    The employees, meanwhile ...
  4. YorksArcades

    YorksArcades Active Member

    The place tried to revive people and ideas that shouldn't have been revived. I don't begrudge people wanting to get a paycheck and keep working, but at what point do you look around and say: "Does this have any chance of succeeding long-term?"
  5. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Well-Known Member

  6. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    I'm going to play the other side here and say the idea of an expanded print edition was a good one. If you're paying $1 or $1.50, you should at least get something for your money.

    The problem was in the execution. Print isn't necessarily dead. It can be kept going with the right ideas. You have to have an equally strong emphasis on print and digital in this day and age.
  7. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Well-Known Member

    A lot of people at OCR are still wondering if it could have worked had Kushner not started the Los Angeles Register and the Long Beach Register ... if he concentrated on OCR and then, maybe, Riverside. He sunk a ton of money into those without understanding how to promote them and get them delivered. Nobody saw those products. And he depleted OCR resources to staff and fund those two failed publications.
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  8. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Agreed completely on LAR and LBR. That was the death knell.

    Meanwhile, Tribune trying to swoop in to feast on the carcass in an attempt to have Jerry Dunphy ownership: From the desert to the sea to all of Southern California.

    Tribune Offers $3 Million to Fund Freedom Bankruptcy Case
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  9. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Maybe Eli Broad and Beutner will buy it to stick a thumb in the eye of the Trib folks...and make their standing LAT offer a bit more attractive.
  10. murphyc

    murphyc Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Hopefully people don't hold up what happened at the OCR as an example of why one shouldn't invest in print without recognizing the full context of what happened, but that requires more trust in newspaper execs than I have.
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