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OC Register sale to 2100 Trust LLC is a full acquisition of Freedom Communications

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The Orange Country Register's parent company, Freedom Communications, has been acquired by a Massachusetts investment group.

Freedom Communications Holdings, the parent company of the Orange County Register, has been acquired by a subsidiary of 2100 Trust LLC, a private investment firm based in Masachusetts and led by 39-year-old Aaron Kushner, who has previously attempted to buy the Boston Globe from the New York Times Co. and last year sought to purchase a newspaper company in Maine.

The deal size hasn't yet been disclosed, nor has any detail been released on the financing. The deal is scheduled to close in 30 days and caps a sell-off of media properties in Texas and the Midwest that Freedom has been engaged in for the past few months. Earlier in 2012, Freedom sold papers in Florida, New Mexico, and North Carolina. The O.C. Register is the nation's 19th largest newspaper, and it's recently seen an uptick in its circulation.

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