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Digital First axes 70 from OC Register newsroom

The newsroom of the Orange County Register.
The newsroom of the Orange County Register.
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A huge round of layoffs has been announced at the Orange County Register, two weeks after it was acquired along with the Riverside Press-Enterprise by Digital First Media.

Over 70 people are being let go of at the Register, including editor of the paper Rob Curley. The bloodletting touches not just the paper’s editorial department, but circulation, marketing, and advertising, as well.

The OC Register and Riverside Press-Telegram were put up for auction by Freedom Communications in March. Tribune Publishing had the highest bid, but the Department of Justice intervened citing antitrust concerns, resulting in the Digital First Media deal.


Gabriel Kahn, professor of professional practice of journalism at USC

Rick Edmonds, media business analyst at Poynter who’s been following the sales of Freedom Communications