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Douglas Manchester Talks About Poetry, Gay Marriage and His Own Infidelity

Today’s profile of Douglas Manchester by Voice of San Diego senior reporter Rob Davis is easily the best article so far to come out of the ongoing media blitz being put forth by the new owner of the renamed U-T San Diego. The piece begins with some very evocative scene-setting:

It’s early morning, and Doug Manchester is sitting at a corner table in the ornate private dining room at the $300 million Grand Del Mar. He owns the place and looks the part.

The fireplace is burning, and he puts his napkin in his lap as he sips a foamy vanilla latte. A copy of the U-T San Diego rests beside him. He owns that, too.

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San Diego Union-Tribune Staffers Get New Year’s Bonus: Longer Hours

San Diego Union-Tribune staffers will be ringing in the New Year with longer hours with no additional pay. The new workday is 8:30 to 5:30–up 30 minutes per day from under the previous ownership. You eat lunch on your own time under Douglas Manchester‘s watch.

The new hours were just one in a series of largely cosmetic but annoying changes announced today by new U-T CEO John Lynch in a memo to staff. U-T employees will also be required to start dressing in “sharp business attire.” Just because it’s warm and sunny all the time in San Diego doesn’t mean employees should dress like it. “Casual Friday” will remain intact. But, according to Lynch, it “should be only slightly less business oriented than Monday through Thursday.”

So… not really casual at then…

San Diego CityBeat has the memo in full.

New Union-Tribune Owner Defends ‘Cheerleader’ Journalism*

The San Diego Union-Tribune‘s new owner Douglas Manchester and his CEO John Lynch were on with KPBS San Diego’s Joanne Faryon last night to defend recent comments that their paper would be transitioning into a “cheerleader” role for the city of San Diego and its business community. Raise your hand if you feel any sunnier about the future of Southern California journalism after seeing this video. Anyone? Anyone?

Didn’t think so.

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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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Douglas Manchester Has Big, Scary Plans for the San Diego Union-Tribune

John Lynch, chief media executive for the new owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Douglas Manchester, gave his first public interview to Voice of San Diego about what the future holds for the U-T. His answers were rather unsettling. Lynch makes it pretty clear that the paper will be used as a booster for the San Diego business community, and whatever projects Manchester personally favors.

They plan on starting with a push for a new publicly funded football stadium for the Chargers.

Lynch’s take, from the VoSD:

He wants that sports page to be an advocate for a new football stadium “and call out those who don’t as obstructionists.”

“To my way of thinking,” Lynch said, “that’s a shovel-ready job for thousands.”

More changes will be evident after the deal closes between Nov. 30 and Dec. 15. Lynch said they want a stronger editorial page and to attract younger readers. Lynch hopes to bring other media into the building. He wants to be a newspaper industry precedent-setter.

“You change now or you die,” Lynch said.

Lynch went on to qualify that Manchester will “respect journalistic integrity.”

Um, yeah.

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Prop 8 Backer Douglas Manchester to Buy the San Diego Union-Tribune

Wow, we pretty much called it. Early last week, real estate developer and Prop 8 backer Douglas Manchester told the press it was a distant possibility he would purchase the San Diego Union-Tribune. We said that meant he’d have a deal wrapped up by the end of the week. We were about five days off.

The Union-Tribune reports today that its current owner Platinum Equity has agreed to sell the 143-year-old paper to Manchester. The terms of the deal have yet to be released, but the paperwork is expected to go through on December 15. As we reported previously, Manchester is rumored to be more interested in the U-T’s 13 acres of Mission Valley real estate than the paper itself.

Manchester, however, has confirmed that he his bringing in his long-time media executive John Lynch to help run the paper. Which seems to imply he doesn’t plan to scrap it all together. But time will tell if he plans to shut the presses down, go online only, and spend most of his resources developing the U-T‘s real estate properties.

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More Details Emerge About Potential Manchester Takeover of San Diego Union-Tribune

Douglas Manchester either likes the attention he’s been getting from the media lately, or he really is interested in taking over the San Diego Union-Tribune. Manchester told Voice of San Diego yesterday that if he took over the U-T, he would partner with longtime radio executive John Lynch.

“John and I are good friends and have been partners before,” Manchester said. “If we do anything in media, we’d do it together. John and I are great friends, we’ll continue to be good friends. If we do something, he’d be involved.”

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