The Register didn’t go very far out on a limb this morning when its lead editorial came out against the Bullet Train (outside paywall here: This train should not leave the station yet) considering the nearly universal opposition to it that’s growing throughout California. A judge has not quite declared the project illegal due to its inability to be lawfully funded, and we’re still awaiting his decision on the more basic issue — is CAHSR’s current “blended” plan equivalent to what voters expected from Proposition 1A, that is, a non-stop 220mph train between Los Angeles and San Francisco with a 160 minute or less ride for under $100? Continue reading
FCC rules prevent Murdoch’s News Corporation from owning print media in markets where “cross-ownership” exists — they already own two television stations in the LA area, KTTV and KCOP. In part,
Maureen A. O’Connell, News Corporation’s senior vice president for regulatory and government affairs…argued that regulators should dissolve the cross-ownership rule. “There can be little debate today that the newspaper industry faces existential threats,” Ms. O’Connell wrote in a Dec. 7 letter documenting a meeting with agency officials. “We urged the F.C.C. to eliminate the cross-ownership rule as a relic from a bygone era.”
The Orange County Register abruptly altered its advertising policy, barring ads that challenge politicians by name, after two Anaheim city councilwomen complained to the newspaper’s new owners about ads from a local activist that criticized their support of a controversial hotel subsidy, according to the Voice of OC.
The Voice of OC reported that “The ads came from Jason Young, a City Hall blogger who opposes the council majority, which is heavily backed by Disney and other influential local business interests. In December, the Register ran an ad submitted by Young in its Anaheim weekly publications asserting that Councilwomen Kris Murray and Gail Eastman violated state law when they approved a $158-million subsidy for local hoteliers.” Continue reading
“2100 Trust LLC, a group led by Boston-based investor Aaron Kushner announced Monday that it has bought the parent company of the Orange County Register and more than half a dozen smaller newspapers for an undisclosed sum,” according to the L.A. Times.
Kushner previously failed to purchase the Boston Globe.
“Data from the Audit Bureau of Circulations shows that readership from Monday to Friday declined to 183,595 in March 2012, compared with 285,914 in 2007,” according to the New York Times. Continue reading