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U-T Owner Manchester Shows Interest In Tribune Company

Hotelier and U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester wants to buy the Tribune Company, which owns the Los Angeles Times.

Hotelier and U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester at The Grand Del Mar on October 15, 2012.
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Above: Hotelier and U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester at The Grand Del Mar on October 15, 2012.

Since Manchester bought the U-T more than 10 months ago, he's launched a television channel and purchased The North County Times. Now, Manchester says he wants to acquire the Tribune Company, owner of eight daily newspapers including The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and The Hartford Courant in addition to the LA Times.

"We certainly are going to look at it," Manchester said. "We are looking at it, yes. I would like to, yes."

Tribune spokesman Gary Weitman refused to comment on what he called speculation regarding the company and its assets. The Tribune's owners are two hedge funds and JP Morgan Chase. U-T CEO John Lynch said recently that the paper's ownership was interested in acquiring a company that would give it a national footprint.

"We believe our business model will work and create great economic benefit to all of the investors," Lynch said.

He said U-T circulation has turned around since Manchester bought the paper last December, but did not provide figures.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly said The North County Times became online only after Manchester's purchase. It has since been corrected.

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Avatar for user 'aztec69'

aztec69 | October 18, 2012 at 5:49 p.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

Does that mean the U-T circulation figures are in the negative numbers. More importantly, what about ad sales?
The Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and the Hartford Courant all used to be fine papers. No longer. So, all Papa Doug can do is make them worse.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 18, 2012 at 6:36 p.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

It isn't enough this creep wants to poison journalism in San Diego, now he wants to infect all of Southern California?!?!

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PeterInCA | October 19, 2012 at 10:01 a.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

I grew up with the Chicago Trib and Mike Royko. Left Chicago and returned for school. The Trib I read in my younger days was no longer the paper it was. Had to defect to the Sun Times which had lost favor when Murdoch got his grubby hands on it. In the short time I've been here I've seem the Union Tribune reduced to the "U-T" and a tool to for this guy's interests.The Chicago Trib is not what it was 30 years ago but it's not as as bad as the U-T has become. Hate to see this guy get his hands on it.

Manchester wants to be (thinks he is) the Chandler of San Diego.Everyone knows how that guy operated.

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Avatar for user 'batmick'

batmick | October 19, 2012 at 12:59 p.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

Great. We just escaped from the U-T to the LA-Times and are enjoying having a real newspaper again. If Mr. Manchester really buys the Tribune Company we'll have to find another paper yet again. Call us old fashioned but we prefer news and information over propaganda and pet stories.

And I'd like to see those circulation numbers for the U-T. I know at least 10 people who have cancelled their subscriptions to the U-T and/or the NCT but have not heard of one who signed up since Mr. Manchester took over.

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bwaderunner | October 19, 2012 at 4:28 p.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

Scandalous is too kind of a word when it comes to Doug Manchester and John Lynch. Partners in crime and now with their "newspaper" efforts like the UT. Lynch, Clear Channel and Bain Capital.

San Diego, wake up and help run these bums out of here every with opportunity you get. Cancel subscriptions, advertising and turn off any station owned or supported by these two and others like them. Most importantly, look at who is behind who is running for our next mayor...GET OUT AND VOTE!

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criticalthinker | October 19, 2012 at 8:27 p.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

I finally cancelled my subscription two months ago after concluding that the opinion page was taken over by Roger Hedgecock. I won't support Manchester's agenda any longer, but I've noticed the front page in convenience stores and Hedgecock's TV show is routinely plugged. I can't believe this strategy is really increasing circulation.

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Avatar for user 'retiredKathy'

retiredKathy | October 20, 2012 at 1:37 a.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

I canceled also, been a reader of the UT since 1979 but no more. Read the NYT's now. I'm disgusted by what Manchester has done to the paper and the article about "Bush being one of the five best presidents" as reported by the paper was the final straw.

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Avatar for user 'RLA'

RLA | October 20, 2012 at 8:19 a.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

It is high time that LA's liberal paper gets a new viewpoint. It is probably too late to save LA from eventual bankruptcy but there may still be a few fiscally responsible people there that would enjoy reading news with a different point of view.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | October 20, 2012 at 2:18 p.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

RLA, Los Angeles is a progressive city, why should their major newspaper be turned into a right-wing propaganda piece? Because you want them to?

If right-wing conservatives in the Los Angeles area want a right-biased paper to read they can subscribe to the OC Register.

I'm actually quite surprised Manchester is stupid enough to be considering this.

San Diego is off the radar enough, and has enough retired military folks and conservtiaves living here to allow Manchester to get away with this in the UT.

He now thinks he can move into newspapers of major cities that are actually recognized globally?

HAHAHAHAHA!!

I'd like to see Papa try it.

The UT was right-leaning even before Manchester bought it, and it's not very well known outside of San Diego.

The LA Times is not a hometown joke like the UT. It is recognized worldwide and has world-renowned journalists working their.

Neither the journalists nor the readers would stand for Manchester.

Papa is going to blow his fortune if he decides to do this.

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