The LA Times and the LA Observed are reporting that Freedom Communications’s LA Register will “cease publication immediately”. Their website is still operational, but the writing was on the wall months ago when they cut back to a weekly publication. Today’s Times’ lead:
The Los Angeles Register, which launched in April as part Aaron Kushner’s bold bet on print newspapers, will cease publication, effective immediately. Orange County Register co-owner Aaron Kushner announced the decision Monday night in a memo sent to employees. “Pundits and local competitors who have closely followed our entry into Los Angeles will be quick to criticize our decision to launch a new newspaper and they will say that we failed,” said the memo, signed by Kushner and his Freedom Communications co-owner Eric Spitz.