Explaining Southern California's economy

So how much did a private investor group pay for the OC Register?


The Orange Country Register's parent company, Freedom Communications, has been acquired by a Massachusetts investment group. The size of the deal remains a mystery.

On Monday, Boston greeting card mini-mogul Aaron Kushner, along with a group of investors, announced the acquisition of the remaining assets of Freedom Communications, whose flagship media property is the Orange County Register.

The price remains unknown. As does the financing on the deal. And in Boston, they're even asking out loud whether this means it's game over for Kusnher's effort to buy the Boston Globe from the New York Times. His rumored bid was $200 million, which seems pretty low. The New York Times Company's former CEO, Janet Robinson, departed late last year with a $23-million severance package in tow. She didn't want to sell the Globe. But it's entirely possible that the NYT Co. now does.

The Boston Herald spoke with an academic and former newspaper editor to get his take: