The hypothetical scenario of the Tribune Company resuming a bid to acquire the San Diego Union-Tribune and succeeding is "scary," Real said. "Then you're talking about a huge monopoly of opinion in a densely populated region of the country," he said. "The Copley publications are one of the few San Diego-based corporate headquarters that has real capital and clout. If it were sold to an outside owner, it would become like so many branches in San Diego of other corporations."
Suzy Hagstrom is a former Tribune Company employee, having worked as a financial news reporter for the Orlando Sentinel. Now a freelance journalist, she writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times and occasionally for the San Diego Union-Tribune.