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Friday, November 10, 2006

Friday Morning Linkage on Tribune Co.

Matt Welch's Los Angeles Times Opinion Blog.
You may have heard that David Geffen wants to buy the L.A. Times. But what exactly would he do with the thing?

Finessing the mess at the Times
On the first night of the 1992 Los Angeles riots I left the L.A. Times building to do some street reporting – and exited through a smashed plate glass window, broken by angry demonstrators who had hurled a newspaper box through the ground floor window.

LAT jams in story this morning?
Word floating around that LAT editors got wind of the WSJ's plans for a page one story on the Times-Tribune slugfest and raced to get their own similar story in the paper this morning.

Buyers are sought for 3 big-city TV stations
In a sign that Tribune Co. may be preparing to exit the broadcast TV business, the company's investment bankers have begun offering its premier TV stations — KTLA Channel 5, WPIX in New York and WGN in Chicago — to selected potential buyers.

Clash of Cultures Exacerbates Woes For Tribune Co.
When Chicago-based Tribune Co. acquired Times Mirror six years ago, it was more than an $8 billion fusion of two media companies. The merger also threw together two competing and incompatible cultures, each rooted in the traditions of their respective flagship newspapers, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.

A media match plagued by a clash of cultures
Tribune's acquisition of Times Mirror Co. in 2000 brought together two dissimilar organizations in a union burdened from the start with high expectations. Tribune, a Midwestern company whose holdings included the Chicago Tribune, television stations and the Chicago Cubs baseball team, was known for its emphasis on efficiency and its early embrace of the Internet.

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