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Doug Manchester Expresses an Interest in Buying Tribune Co.*

Amita Sharma (pictured) has been working at San Diego’s KPBS TV station as a reporter for more than a decade, after graduating from USC with degrees in journalism and international relations. Tonight, she has filed a report that will likely send shudders through her former college stomping grounds.

Sharma spoke earlier this week in person with U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester. Here’s what he told her when asked whether he has an interest in bidding for the LA Times’ bankruptcy-exiting parent Tribune Co.:

“We certainly are going to look at [buying] it,” Manchester said. “We are looking at it, yes. I would like to, yes…”

Added U-T CEO John Lynch: “We believe our business model will work and create great economic benefit to all of the investors.”

Earlier this year, Manchester said something similar about the Orange County Register, only to be beaten out by Freedom Communications Inc. More recently however, he acquired regional San Diego newspaper North County Times.

A Tribune spokesperson contacted by Sharma declined to comment.

Update – 10/22/12: Via email to TheWrap, U-T San Diego CEO Lynch has backtracked on behalf of his boss. “The U-T is not interested in entering an auction for the LA Times,” he wrote.

[Photo courtesy KPBS]

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