As we offered in June, the OC Register has jumped the shark. Aaron Kushner’s dwindling operation can not actually deliver the product.
As we reported in September, the Times decided to stop distributing the now-defunct Los Angeles Register and the OC edition because of the unpaid bills…Today…the Times spelled out in exacting detail their claims against Kushner: that he owes them at least $3.5 million in unpaid bills, that the Kush is violating the contract that he had with the Times by having the Register distributed by another carrier, and that they want their money–or else.
R. Scott’s article has a detailed statement from the Times.
We can also report that the “fire sale” $2.99/week seven-day home subscription we took out for the Register last week was delivered on-time on Thursday, mid-day on Friday and NOT AT ALL on Saturday, Sunday or today.
Will it ever be seen again?
Here’s an UPDATE from OC Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano yesterday: OC Register Employee: 30,000+ Complaint Calls This Weekend Over Delivery Screwups. Who knew the Register had 30k subscribers? Apparently not much longer. Fwiw, we haven’t seen our paper since Friday (it was late).
Here’s coverage from Tuesday, October 7th by the LA Times: Orange County Register’s missed deliveries are firm’s latest stumble.
And there’s more here from R. Scott Moxley.