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Dallas-based A.H. Belo, which publishes the Dallas Morning News, Riverside Press-Enterprise and other papers, says it is pursuing multiple remedies against U-T San Diego after it pulled out of a printing contract, according to newsandtech.com. The move on Oct 15 occurred a few months after the Press-Enterprise began printing the North County Times under a contract with the Times's former owner, Lee Enterprises. Lee sold the Times to the U-T for $12 million in September. Manchester Lynch Integrated Media (MLIM), the nominal buyer of the Times, terminated the Belo contract "well before the expiration of a multi-year contract," according to newsandtech.com. U-T San Diego told the publication it hopes to reach a mutually beneficial resolution.

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anniej Nov. 6, 2012 @ 10:35 a.m.

subscriptions are down, frustration for real news high

Thank goodness for The Reader - it has become the main source of real news.

newspaper, what a novel concept - a resource that your read for the facts in order to help one develop their own view point.

the weight of the expenses of the UT will begin to drain on the neck of Manchester sooner or later - hopefully then we will have a return of a major publication deserving of the title NEWSpaper vs FORCEDFEEDINGofmachestersviews


Don Bauder Nov. 6, 2012 @ 12:06 p.m.

anniej: Manchester and Lynch have a credibility problem with readers. For example, both claim that while they do press their point of view on the editorial page, they do not interfere with the news product. But that is belied by their own statements. Upon arriving, Lynch declared that anybody reporting on the downtown football stadium subsidy had to be in favor of it and declare opponents to be obstructionists. Both Manchester and Lynch have told reporters to take it easy on local businesses -- early on, they were saying the paper would be a cheerleader for business. Thus, out of one side of their mouths they say they don't interfere with news reportage and out of the other side of their mouths they interfere with it -- openly. I agree with you: in time, this will be a financial drain on Manchester. I have reason to believe it already is. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 Nov. 6, 2012 @ 12:14 p.m.

Manchester and Lynch have a credibility problem with readers. For example, both claim that while they do press their point of view on the editorial page, they do not interfere with the news product. But that is belied by their own statements.

Back in January the UT and Papa Doug ran an entire front page Op Ed piece on a new football stadium, that had never happened in the history fo the UT ir any other major daily I know if........and that will drive down your readership, even among those that agree with you.


Don Bauder Nov. 6, 2012 @ 12:26 p.m.

SurfPup: I don't think those front page editorials are helping the paper's credibility, even though they may be identified as editorials. What really hurts are the statements that reveal naked ignorance. On one occasion in the Manchester-Lynch reign, the paper named history's five greatest presidents. Among the five was George W. Bush. As I recall, George H.W Bush was one of the five greatest, too. One of my better sources told me, "I am a rightwing conservative. But that is ridiculous." Bumptious pro-DeMaio editorials have also been embarrassing to the community, even to many who favor DeMaio. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh Nov. 6, 2012 @ 3:37 p.m.

The old, Copley U-T was subtle about its partisanship and local boosterism and a host of its other sacred cows. It tried, until recent years with Kittle doing the editorials, to couch its prejudices in reasoned discourse. This new regime is a joke, an unfunny one to be sure, but an obvious joke, That entire front page dedicated to a pro-stadium editorial, with the supporting pieces, showed their true colors.

From what I can determine, they are headed pell-mell into consolidating the U-T and the NCT. Shared sections showed up within two weeks of the purchase. Whereas U-T had cut back on No County coverage to almost the vanishing point, the NCT was still making a respectable effort. But now they're cutting staff and some of the better NCT reporters are now on the street.

Both papers are in a self-induced death spiral. Self-induced in the sense that to stabilize readership they had to do it better than before, not worse, yet the decline is obvious to anyone who pays attention.


Don Bauder Nov. 7, 2012 @ 12:50 p.m.

Visduh: self-induced death spiral is a good way to put it. When Manchester/Lynch first came in, I thought their plan was to use the paper as Papa Doug's short term propaganda organ touting his projects, expecting the paper to implode eventually. The plan was to develop the real estate after the paper collapsed. But with the purchase of the NC Times and some other happenings, I have come to believe that this is a planned attempt to return to Hearst-style journalism aimed at a white, redneck Republican audience. But that market has shrunk. Look at the election: Obama carried the county. Filner won, even after (or perhaps because of) the bumptious and deceitful touting of DeMaio and smearing of Filner by the U-T. Props. 30 and 39 won. Nationally, 75% of Latinos voted for Obama along with 95% or more of African-Americans. Tea Partiers and blue dog Democrats had a bad day There is a new demographic which U-T management does not -- and perhaps cannot -- comprehend. Best, Don Bauder


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