Friday, March 21, 2014

Freedom signs Letter of Intent with ACI California LLC as newspaper distribution partner

March 21, 2014 – SANTA ANA, CALIF. – Freedom Communications today announced it has signed a Letter of Intent agreement (“LOI”) under which ACI California LLC (ACI) would become the exclusive distributor of the Los Angeles Register daily newspaper and more than a dozen community newspaper editions distributed in Los Angeles County. 

Bruce Blair, vice president of Circulation at the Register, said: "ACI has been an invaluable distribution partner and is now positioned to help us expand our delivery and distribution network, while continuing the exceptional levels of service that our subscribers and advertisers expect from us." 

"We are extremely pleased to be in a position to expand our existing relationship with Freedom with the responsibility of providing distribution capabilities for the Los Angeles Register. Through our network of independent distribution companies, as well as our newspaper contacts, we will provide Freedom what they are looking for in terms of both quality and customer service," said Keith Somers, CEO of ACI California. 

The agreement is the latest development in a larger expansion plan by Freedom Communications. Since purchasing Freedom in 2012, co-owners Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz have nearly doubled staff in the Register newsroom, launched the Long Beach Register as a new daily newspaper in August, purchased The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. in November, introduced an enhanced edition of The Press-Enterprise with a larger circulation footprint, more original reporting and a new Inland SoCal Register section in January, and debuted the Desert Enterprise as a new weekly newspaper as part of its expanded service to Riverside County in February. 

About Freedom Communications, Inc. 
Freedom Communications, headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., is a privately-owned company that publishes three daily newspapers - Long Beach Register in Long Beach, Calif., The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. and the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif. with a fourth daily newspaper soon to be launched, the Los Angeles Register. Freedom also publishes more than 25 community newspapers that serve specific cities, audiences and geographic areas, including Spanish-language Unidos en el Sur de California, the Desert Enterprise in Coachella Valley, and the Easy Reader publications along the coast of Los Angeles. Freedom publishes highly designed glossy magazines and operates a custom publishing unit. The company's portfolio also includes news and entertainment websites and mobile applications.

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