He’s been in control of the San Diego Union-Tribune for less than a month. But Douglas Manchester apparently likes it so much, he’s looking to buy another SoCal paper. Voice of San Diego reports Manchester is sizing up the North County Times, a daily which covers Del Mar to Riverside County.
Lee Enterprises, the Times’ parent company, filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month, struggling under the weight of nearly $1 billion in debt.
Manchester said he hasn’t made an offer for the paper, but has discussed how it could allow the Union-Tribune to expand.
“Everyone is looking at it,” Manchester said. “It could add to our collection and it could be beneficial. We’re probably the logical buyers, but we haven’t met with anyone on it.”
Anyone curious about what Manchester’s plans could mean for the future of Southern California media might want to take a look at his Christmas “Publisher’s Note.” Let’s just say the days of Godless liberal media assaults on Christmas may be coming to an end.