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Report: Rupert Murdoch Interested in the LA Times*

A day after KPBS relayed Doug Manchester’s possible interest in acquiring the LA Times, there is news of a much bigger media mogul sniffing around this city’s prized daily newspaper. According to LA Times reporter Meg James, her new boss could potentially turn out to be none other than Rupert Murdoch:

News Corp. executives have had preliminary talks with debt holders about acquiring the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, according to two ranking News Corp. executives and others familiar with the situation.

These people cautioned that talks are in the early stages, and that a deal is by no means certain… On trips to Los Angeles, Murdoch is known to mark up the newspaper with a Sharpie pen to illustrate how he would design pages.

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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.”

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One-Third of Staff at North County Times To Lose Jobs

Just weeks after the sale of the North County Times to the owners of U-T San Diego, a third of the newspaper’s staff was told they would be laid off. That includes 24 newsroom jobs, according to Elizabeth Aguilera of the North County Times. Workers were given notice of the upcoming layoffs on Monday, in keeping with California law, which requires 60 day advance warning for mass layoffs.

So they’ll be losing their jobs on December 1st. Just in time for the holidays!

Aguilera writes:

The merger will push the combined U-T San Diego and North County Times circulation within the top 10 local daily newspapers in the nation based on ABC circulation averages for the six-month period ended March 31, according to the U-T. (USA Today and The Wall Street Journal are not included because they are not seven-day-a-week local newspapers.)

Since conservative developer Doug Manchester acquired the U-T San Diego last December, he’s used the newspaper as a mouthpiece to promote his political and business agendas. With that kind of editorial direction, we strongly suspect circulation numbers for both newspapers will take a hit.

U-T San Diego Parent Acquires North County Times

Some important SoCal newspaper news this morning via U-T San Diego. The paper’s owner is set to close a deal by October 1 to acquire the assets of San Diego regional newspaper North County Times.

From today’s announcement:

Mary Junck, Lee Entreprises, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer, said: “We welcome Mr. Manchester’s stewardship of the North County Times. Because of continually changing market conditions, it became increasingly apparent that the North County Times would benefit from becoming part of a strong regional operation. While we regret having to say goodbye to so many talented colleagues and friends, we look forward to watching the North County Times continue to prosper under the new ownership.”

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U-T San Diego a Self-Professed ‘One Stop Shop’ for Republican Candidates

Wow. Looks like “Papa” Doug Manchester’s U-T San Diego isn’t even pretending to be an objective news source anymore. San Diego CityBeat’s Kelly Davis got hold of an invite to a U-T gathering for Republican party operatives, describing the paper as a “one-stop shop for candidates.”

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San Diego Union-Tribune Names New President and COO

Papa Doug Manchester has officially taken control of the San Diego Union-Tribune, after it was announced last month that he planned to buy the paper from Platinum Equity. In his first official act at the paper, Manchester and his top media executive John Lynch sent a memo to staff announcing that Mike Hodges will be the new president and COO of the paper. Hodges has run the paper’s website and digital operations since 2009.

Publisher Ed Moss will also be stepping down from his position. He’ll stay on as a consultant.

San Diego CityBeat got a hold of the memo. In full after the jump.

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Pondering a Potential San Diego Union-Tribune Buyer

For many years a reporter with the San Diego Union-Tribune, Don Bauder was recently the messenger of an unconfirmed rumor about the publication’s possible next owner.

He got a no-comment from Platinum Equity, the LA based behemoth that currently signs the checks and which, after massive layoffs, claims its by-the-border daily is profitable. According to Bauder’s San Diego Reader column, the suitor is local hotelier Doug Manchester (pictured):

Manchester as a buyer would be full of ironies. He is not cooperative with the press. His interest would probably be in the real estate end of the deal…

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