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Former Time Mirror Executives' Golden Parachutes Revealed In Tribune's Bankruptcy Filing

Posted by: Jon Fine on December 08

Tribune Co. petitioned for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today, and in its bankruptcy filing listed many key financial details, including who it owes money to. Among them are the amounts it...

News Corp's Wall Street Journal Trims Staff

Posted by: Jon Fine on July 14

It’s nothing compared to the cuts at virtually every paper in the Tribune chain, but News Corp is whacking some positions at the Wall Street Journal. Five high-ranking Journal and...

Sam Zell Speaks His Mind About Advertising On CNBC

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 27

. . . around five minutes ago. INTERVIEWER: What about the ad market? SAM ZELL: What ad market?...

Bloodbath: Tribune's Hartford Courant To Cut A Quarter Of News Pages And News Staff

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 25

I'm outside of London right now with wacky connectivity, so the following memo may be everywhere already. But around an hour ago Hartford Courant staffers were told that around a...

An Alternate Perspective On Tribune Hiring Lee Abrams

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 01

Tribune recently hired former all-star radio consultant Lee Abrams to be its chief innovation officer. When the company did so, it likely did not expect some bloggy backlash from diehard...

Big-City Newspapers And Their Real Estate

Posted by: Jon Fine on March 28

I still don’t understand why more major-market newspapers aren’t doing this. The big-city daily typically owns a huge chunk of prime downtown real estate, which was bought, built and developed...

Someone Totally Unconnected With Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Who’s Ecstatic About Last Night’s Democratic Primary Results

Posted by: Jon Fine on March 05

Perry Sook. (All together now: Who?)...

Department Of Nobody-Asked-Me-But . . .

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 11

This week's column contains some suggestions for how new Tribune owner Sam Zell might make his big deal work. My goof in not asking all of you for input. So...

Sam Zell: "I Have No Intention Of Selling The L.A. Times. Period. End Of Speech."

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 13

So says the new owner of Tribune when interviewed by Maria Bartiromo in this week's BusinessWeek. Full interview is here Some other interesting bits: "I don't have any plans to...

Tribune, Sam Zell, David Geffen and the Los Angeles Times: One Mea Culpa And Two Questions

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 06

Turns out I am wrong in this post when I say Sam Zell will be stuck with the Los Angeles Times (and vice versa), and that selling the L.A. Times...

Tribune, Again (Still?)

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 04

I was quiet here on Monday about the sale of Tribune, because I was working on this column....

David Geffen and the Los Angeles Times: The Answer Is Still 'No.'

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 03

UPDATE 4/6: Oooh--thesis below turns out to be wrong. Or at least incomplete. For a correction, an explanation, a mea culpa, and a couple of additional questions, read this post....

Tribune Sale: The Last, Best(?) Prediction

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 16

(UPDATE 1/18: This is why I generally avoid gambling and most forms of predictive markets! Reality checks as of 10:15 AM Eastern time in parentheses.) Bids due tomorrow for Tribune...

TV Stations: Easier To Sell Than Newspapers

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 05

The New York Times Co.'s sale of its broadcast TV stations suggests that sale multiples for broadcast tv stations--in this case, major-network affiliated TV stations primarily located in mid-sized markets--are...

This Will Not Disprove Any Theories . . .

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 29

. . . about how the modern newspaper company can't get anything done quickly. I’ve harped on this before but, forgive me, I still can’t get over it. A...

Just In: 732 New Potential Bidders Surface

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 14

Given all the recent developments, I'm starting to wonder who isn't interested in all or part of Tribune....

Los Angeles Times, Britney Spears Offer Case Studies In Media Management!

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 08

Surely it's entirely coincidental that Britney Spears and the Los Angeles Times (and by extension Tribune Co.) both essentially buried bad news by putting it out there yesterday. I mean,...

Stalemate Ending At Los Angeles Times

Posted by: Jon Fine on October 05

Those who said that Tribune Co. CEO Dennis FitzSimons would not tolerate pushback from Los Angeles Times execs were right. Jeff Johnson out as Publisher, replaced by David Hiller, Publisher...

More on Tribune and the Los Angeles Times

Posted by: Jon Fine on September 29

It's pretty to think of a Los Angeles Times liberated from Tribune and in the hands of kindlier local ownership. But there are numerous real-world factors that argue against this...

Tribune and Los Angeles Times: The Lighter Side

Posted by: Jon Fine on September 28

I'll have more to say about the Tribune-Los Angeles Times situation in my next BusinessWeek column, which will go up on the Web late today. (UPDATE: It's here.) But Slate's...

More Angst at Tribune

Posted by: Jon Fine on July 14

A not-great earnings call yesterday; more job cuts at the Chicago Tribune announced today. (On yesterday's call, Chairman-CEO Dennis FitzSimons had very little to say about the Chandler situation.)...

Tribune Execs Talk!

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 21

Not that the rules allow them to say much right now. In that piece I identified a few properties that could, conceivably, fit Tribune's definition of a non-core asset, since...

It's Official: Tribune Has Fight On Its Hands

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 14

When I wrote about Tribune in the most recent issue of BusinessWeek, one of the things I was unable to fit in the column--I swear!--and intended to address in this...

More On Tribune

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 08

One of the weirdest spectacles of the media world circa right-now is the way Tribune is twisting, twisting in the wind, beset by terrible stock performance and board tumult. It's...

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