Michael Ferro Uninterruptus: Can Gannett Pry The Talkative Tribune Head From His New Chair?

Meet Michael Ferro. Ferro, 49, is not yet three months in to his stint as chairman of Tribune Publishing, the newspaper company that owns and operates such august titles as The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and The Baltimore Sun, and he is already fending off efforts from powerful ...

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Digital First Media’s Real Price for Southern California Papers: A Paltry $16 Million

After besting Tribune Publishing to win the Orange County Register and (Riverside) Press-Enterprise out of bankruptcy (“It’s official: Digital First Media defeats Tribune in bid for southern California newspapers”), Digital First Media has flipped the real estate that was included in the ...

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Trash-Talking in the O.C., With Two Newspapers Hanging in the Balance

Nothing is easy when it comes to newspapering in southern California. Two bids for the Orange County Register, and associated properties, are now in to a bankruptcy court, and my sources indicate they are on the “puny” side. That may not be surprising, considering the current dismal state of ...

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Tribune’s New Ferro Era Begins, With Massive Leadership Change

The Jack Griffin era at Tribune Publishing is over – almost before it had really taken hold. The company this morning confirmed the sweeping reorganization of its top management that I had reported on Tuesday (“Michael Ferro Cleans The House That Jack (Griffin) Built”). In the sweep ...

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Michael Ferro Cleans The House That Jack (Griffin) Built

Some of Jack Griffin’s top executive hires will soon follow him out the door at Tribune Publishing. Griffin’s ouster, which I was able to break the news of one week ago (“Jack Griffin Out at Tribune”), turns out to be just the beginning of new Tribune Chairman Michael Ferro’s housecleaning. ...

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CEO Jack Griffin Is Out At Tribune

Tribune Publishing has parted ways with its CEO Jack Griffin, I’ve learned. In a fast-moving turn of events, unusually quick by corporate standards, newly minted Tribune Publishing board chairman Michael Ferro has orchestrated Griffin’s ouster — and directed the choice of his successor. Tribune ...

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Newsonomics: The Financialization of News Is Dimming the Lights of the Local Press

There’s a nice scene in Hail, Caesar!, the Coen brothers’ latest movie, in which one Hollywood character astutely observes: “We’re not talking about money — we’re talking about economics.” Indeed. This year’s crazy-making U.S. presidential election further illuminates and blurs that divide. ...

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Michael Ferro Immediately Redefines Tribune Publishing’s Chairman Role

Companion column: Santa Ana Showdown: Tribune’s Bid for Southern California   Michael Ferro’s new title at Tribune Publishing is “non-executive chair.” Since Ferro’s company, Merrick Media, bought a major stake in Tribune earlier this month, he is behaving more like an executive ...

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Tribune Publishing Builds a Southern California War Chest

Chicago entrepreneur Michael Ferro will soon move across town, into the third-floor chairman’s suite in the legendary Tribune Tower. Yes, he’ll be 16 floors below Tribune Publishing CEO Jack Griffin, and the Tower is for sale anyway, but his new presence there will be something to watch. On ...

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Newsonomics: Setting the News Table for 2016

How can we set the table for 2016? Advertising woes continue — deepen, actually. Whole new forms of storytelling open up and go mainstream more quickly. Virtual reality joins the harsher realities. Hundreds of millions in new investment develops alongside an equally strong belief that legacy ...

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