Freedom Communications, Inc.

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Apr 04, 2016
Daily News publisher says OC Register, Riverside Press-Enterprise will remain ‘local and independent’ - The Orange County Register and The Press-Enterprise were acquired by Digital First Media. Its regional unit, Southern California News Group, now publishes 11 daily newspapers in Southern California (source: (pdf)

Nov 01, 2015
With bankruptcy filing, local group bids for ownership of Freedom Communications - Freedom Communications Inc., owner of The Orange County Register and The Press-Enterprise, has filed for bankruptcy protection (source: (pdf)

Jul 21, 2015
The Register launches website, issues two collectible Disneyland sections - The Register celebrates Disneyland's 60th anniversary by introducing two collectible sections (Source: KCBS-TV Los Angeles) (pdf)

Mar 06, 2015 develops Night Site - Freedom Communications said its flagship Orange County Register is running a nighttime version of its website. (Source: Orange County Business Journal) (pdf)

Sep 22, 2014
Orange County Register headquarters sold - Local developer Michael Harrah has purchased the Orange County Register's Santa Ana headquarters for $27 million (Source: (pdf)

Jun 23, 2014
Aaron Kushner Fires Back at LA Register Criticism: ‘It's Not a Gamble, It's a Simple Business Strategy’ - Kushner: "What went right is still going right, which is we're growing our business." (Source: (pdf)

Apr 21, 2014
Launching a new paper in LA a bold move - It is, as John Travolta says in Pulp Fiction, a bold statement. (Source: USA Today) (pdf)

Jan 15, 2014
Paper Claims Right Focus for L.A. - Kushner’s firm, Freedom Communications of Santa Ana, announced last month that it will start the L.A. Register this year. (Source: Los Angeles Business Journal) (pdf)

Dec 13, 2013
OC Register Owner Plans Daily LA Paper - The parent company of the Orange County Register plans to expand with a daily paper in Los Angeles, looking to further stretch its regional reach. (Source: Associated Press) (pdf)

Aug 09, 2013
California newspaper defies industry wisdom to stay alive – and prospers - The Orange County Register's ambitious expansion and defiance of conventional wisdom has cheered and baffled the industry. Is it for real? (Source: The Guardian) (pdf)

Feb 12, 2013
This publisher is spending to grow - the Orange County Register in Southern California, Kushner is going on a hiring spree, adding scores of journalists to the Register roster. And he's placing a heavy emphasis on print. (Source: USA Today) (pdf)

Nov 05, 2012
Hottest 25 People in Orange County: Aaron Kushner & Eric Spitz - There is a palpable energy emanating from 625 N. Grand Ave. in Santa Ana since new owners, Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz, arrived from the East Coast. (Source: OC Metro) (pdf)

Oct 10, 2012
The Orange County Register is hiring dozens of reporters, focusing on print-first expansion - The Register is adding depth and quality to the newspaper. (Source: (pdf)

Aug 30, 2012
Dog Days of Summer? Not at OC Register, Where Full-Time Opportunities Abound - In the past two weeks, a dozen full-time Orange County Register job opportunities have been added to the Freedom Communications Inc. Careers page. (Source: (pdf)

Aug 06, 2012
Register takes bold new direction - Kushner: "I believe that there is a future for newspapers where they grow." (Source: (pdf)

Jun 25, 2012
Early News Apps Evolve Based on Lessons Learned, User Demand - Freedom Communications’ flagship newspaper, The Orange County Register, celebrated the one-year anniversary of its iPad app, The Peel, in April. (Source: (pdf)

May 10, 2012
At 1, (OCRegister) The Peel is mastering appeal - April marked the one-year anniversary of The Orange County (Calif.) Register’s groundbreaking “magazine meets video meets news” iPad app. (Source: (pdf)

Mar 29, 2012
OC Register The Peel focusing on tablet-specific content and acquiring new audiences - The advent of the tablet presents a bright opportunity for traditional news outlets (Source: American Journalism Review) (pdf)

Feb 21, 2012
OC Register: "a principal innovator in the tablet app space" - Freedom's Doug Bennett on keys to differentiating content within tablet apps to better suit both the audience and platform. (Source: (pdf)

Feb 07, 2012
Publishers on the iPad - There is one bright spot: It's The Peel app launched by the Orange County Register (Source: Alan Mutter, Reflections of a Newsosaur blog) (pdf)

Dec 29, 2011
Website Makeovers, Mobile Apps Top Digital To-Do Lists - 2012 Media Preview: Irvine-based Freedom Communications Inc.’s Orange County Register has been among the most aggressive in the new push. (Source: (pdf)

Nov 11, 2011
Texas newspaper begins printing Twitter, Facebook contacts with each story - The Monitor in McAllen, Texas adds Twitter, Facebook contacts with each story (Source: (pdf)

Oct 24, 2011
OC Register Takes Tablet App to TV Territory - The Orange County Register has found that weekly, two-to-three minute TV-style "shows" and a highly interactive daily feature are key drivers to user engagement. (Source: (pdf)

Oct 06, 2011
Numbers Forecast Booming Mobile Ad Future - Freedom Interactive president Doug Bennett has veered toward the cutting edge of mobile and reported some promising signs... Freedom has developed a deep mobile bench (its tablet app for the Orange County Register is among the newspaper industry’s most closely watched innovations). (Source: (pdf)

Aug 04, 2011
The Orange County Register forges mobile future in Orange County - Freedom’s Interactive division rolled out its latest iPad app for the Register this spring. Instead of trying to capture the feel of the print publication -- as many papers do -- the company targeted a specific demographic audience and designed a mobile product catering to that audience’s tastes. (Source: (pdf)

Jul 27, 2011
IDEAlliance Benefits Magazine - June/July 2011 - The Orange County Register iPad App: An iPad Newspaper for People Who Don't Read Newspapers (pdf)

Jul 13, 2011
Editor & Publisher- July 2011 - The Orange County Register iPad app is featured within a cover story in the print edition of Editor & Publisher. (pdf)

Jun 08, 2011
Orange County Register reinvents evening news cycle with curated iPad app - Source: (pdf)

May 18, 2011
Newspapers & Technology- May/June 2011 - Freedom Communications' tablet strategy, starting with The Orange County Register iPad app (pdf)

May 17, 2011
Newspapers & Technology- May/June 2011 - Freedom Communications' tablet strategy, starting with The Orange County Register iPad app (pdf)

Apr 20, 2011
Newspaper Association of America Case Study, April 2011 - Freedom Communications' tablet strategy, starting with The Orange County Register iPad app (pdf)

Mar 28, 2011
OC Register Brings in Record Breaking $188,000 for Daily Deal - Source: (pdf)

Mar 11, 2011
The Orange County Register to Launch New iPad App - Source: (pdf)

Nov 11, 2010
Ideas Magazine (International Newspaper Marketing Association), Nov. 2010 - Freedom readies company and advertisers for mobile growth. (pdf)

Sep 07, 2010
Freedom Communications, AceMobi Bring Mobile Functionality to Classifieds - Click here to read article (Source: (pdf)

Jul 27, 2010
Q&A with new Freedom CEO Mitch Stern - Click here to read Q&A (Source: Orange County Register) (pdf)

Jul 22, 2010
WPEC-TV launches free mobile news app - Source: Radio/Television Business Report (pdf)

Jun 25, 2010
'Orange County Register' Rolls Out New 'Cars' Section - Source: (pdf)

Apr 30, 2010
Freedom Communications Emerges from Chapter 11 - (click here for story link) (pdf)

Mar 09, 2010
Judge approves Freedom reorganization plan - March 9, 2010 - A federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware has approved the Chapter 11 reorganization plan of Freedom Communications (click here for Associated Press story link). (pdf)

Feb 16, 2010
Deal struck for Tribune sale; court OK needed - Feb. 16, 2010 - Freedom Communications filed a motion today with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware seeking approval of the sale of its Phoenix-area publications — including the Tribune — to 1013 Communications LLC, an affiliate of Thirteenth Street Media. (click here for related news article). (pdf)

Jan 19, 2010
East Valley Tribune buyer seeks all Freedom papers in Valley (pdf)

Dec 02, 2009
Freedom creditors can solicit alternative plan (pdf)

Nov 09, 2009 announces site redesign - Editor & Publisher referenced the Nov. 9 launch of the new To read the article, click here. (pdf)

Jul 01, 2009
Publishers gaining advertisers with self-service model - (From the July 2009 edition of Newspapers & Technology) (pdf)

May 15, 2009
Launch of quick-read newspaper FRESHINK - Editor & Publisher referenced the May 6 launch of FRESHINK by The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo. To read the article, click here. (pdf)

Apr 03, 2009 contests featured in newspaper trade publication - The success of interactive contests hosted by was recently highlighted in the April 2009 edition of Newspapers & Technology. To view the article, click here. (pdf)

Feb 06, 2009
Dave Staley Wins Second Midsouth Regional Emmy® Award (pdf)

Nov 26, 2008
Dave Schmall named publisher of the Appeal-Democrat (pdf)

Oct 06, 2008
Freedom Names Publisher for Coast, Other Magazines (pdf)

Oct 01, 2008
'Orange County Register' Relaunches Cars Site (pdf)

Sep 29, 2008
Freedom Communications Selects Caspio to Create and Deploy Highly Trafficked Do-it-Yourself Database Web Applications (pdf)

Sep 17, 2008
ContactAtOnce! Announces License Agreement with Freedom Communications - Freedom's Interactive Division To Bundle ContactAtOnce! IM/Chat and Click-to-Call Services Into Online Automotive Options (pdf)

Sep 02, 2008
MLS and Broker Listings Managed by FNRES’ Data Aggregation Service Now Available to Third-Party Media Companies (pdf)

Aug 06, 2008
'Orange County Register' Web Site Gets New Look (pdf)

Jul 18, 2008
Web Printouts Provide New Ad Space (pdf)

Jul 15, 2008
Two N.C. Papers Agree On Web Site Partnership (pdf)

Jul 14, 2008
Television Broadcast 2008 Top Innovators (pdf)

Jun 27, 2008
APME Announces International Perspective Award Winners (pdf)

Jun 26, 2008
Texas Press Association Appoints Officers (pdf)

Jun 12, 2008
Kansas City Press Club announces Heart of America Award winners (pdf)

Jun 10, 2008
Press Club of Southeast Texas honors newsmakers (pdf)

Jun 09, 2008
Mental Health America 2008 Media Awards Recognize Excellence in Mental Health Journalism (pdf)

Jun 02, 2008
New Yuma Sun publisher a 30-year newspaper industry vet (pdf)

May 19, 2008
2008 EPpy Award Winners Announced in Las Vegas (pdf)

May 14, 2008
'LA Times,' 'OC Register' Discussed Distribution Partnership (pdf)

May 08, 2008
Marcia Kling named 2008 Tennessee Woman of Distinction (pdf)

Apr 25, 2008
Orange County Register enhances program website (pdf)

Apr 16, 2008
Winners announced in AP writing and photo contest (pdf)

Apr 09, 2008 Debuts as Place Where Moms Can Connect (pdf)

Apr 04, 2008

Mar 27, 2008
Newspaper Web Revenue Model Works for TV Station As Well, Generating Over $100,000 of Online Dollars from Local Yellow Page Advertisers in Two Weeks! (pdf)

Mar 13, 2008
'O.C. Register' Revamps Real Estate Section, Web Site (pdf)

Mar 12, 2008
L.V. Leader under new ownership (pdf)

Mar 10, 2008
Former Star Publisher receives promotion (pdf)

Mar 07, 2008
eHealth Announces Appointment of Scott N. Flanders as New Independent Director (pdf)

Mar 04, 2008
Host chosen for 'The Juice,' a new Web TV show for O.C. (pdf)

Mar 03, 2008
Freedom Communications unit breathes new life into Web sites - Freedom Communications unit breathes new life into Web sites (pdf)

Mar 03, 2008
Early youth appeal, later news credentials have kept WTVC at the top of its game - Early youth appeal, later news credentials have kept WTVC at the top of its game (pdf)

Feb 28, 2008
More Changes Playing Out at OC Register - Changes continue to play out at the Orange County Register in Santa Ana. (pdf)

Feb 22, 2008
More changes coming to the Register - The Register is working to deliver news in a variety of ways to respond to reader and economic demands. (pdf)

Feb 11, 2008
Rising Print Prices Latest Factor for Orange County Register - MEDIA: Changes driven by ad slump should help offset impact (pdf)

Jan 28, 2008
Freedom Interactive announces Web site redesigns (pdf)

Jan 17, 2008
OC Post to combine with Irvine World News (pdf)

Jan 03, 2008
Freedom Puts Off Plan to Buy Back 45% Stake From Private-Equity Firms (pdf)

Nov 13, 2007
The Star Car -- How a Small Town Newspaper is 'Doing the Net' - I should disclose right off the top that I did some online consulting work for The (Shelby, N.C.) Star a couple of years ago. Back then the paper, under the direction of Skip Foster, was trying to figure out how to do something meaningful online. (pdf)

Nov 09, 2007
If Inspector Gadget Were a Reporter, He'd Drive a Star Car - By Meg Campbell
Published: November 08, 2007 3:55 PM ET
WILMINGTON, DEL. On election night last Tuesday, residents of Shelby, N.C., gathered as usual at the firehouse in the center of town to see results as they were posted.

Oct 25, 2007
Orange County Business Journal Interview - Watch CEO Scott Flanders on the Orange County Business Journal's Cable Business Journal in a discussion about Freedom and the future of media. Go to CEO Corner for more or Click Here to watch video. (pdf)

Oct 24, 2007
Getting Your Brand Out - Jonathan Lansner, real estate columnist for The Orange County Register. His blog and columns are drawing thousands of readers. “He was early to predict the housing slump in Orange County,” said Scott Flanders, CEO of Freedom Communications, which owns The Register. “Now everyone in the real estate business reads his column. He put forward facts and other analysts that supported his view.” (pdf)

Aug 23, 2007
New publisher’s focus is local - Terry Horne, who takes over as publisher of the Orange County Register on September 15, thinks the best response to the newspaper’s drop in advertising and other challenges is a renewed emphasis on local news. (pdf)

Aug 23, 2007
O.C. Register Publisher to Leave - N. Christian Anderson III, publisher of The Orange County Register, will leave the company Sept. 15 as part of a cost-cutting reorganization, the newspaper said Wednesday. (pdf)

Aug 22, 2007
Register to get new publisher - N. Christian Anderson III is leaving after 27 years at Freedom Communications. Terry Horne, publisher of Arizona's East Valley Tribune, to take over Sept. 15. (pdf)

Jul 27, 2007
Newspaper executives believe demand for content has never been higher (pdf)

Jun 21, 2007
Flanders and Pruitt Look to Future in Mid-Year Review Roundtable - Beyond the individual presentations by executives at the Mid-Year Media Review (pdf)

Jun 20, 2007
Top Execs Tell Analysts at Mid-Year Review: Sunny Days to Come! - McClatchy opened its presentation to analysts and investors during the Mid-Year Media Review in New York (pdf)

Jun 20, 2007
Saving Newspapers - Anyone seeking solutions to the newspaper industry's battles with declining circulation and advertising revenue (pdf)

May 31, 2007
Family Dilemma Gets Rerun - Dow Jones's Bancrofts Might Find Lessons in '03 Publishing Fight (pdf)

May 24, 2007
Tiny US paper drives multimedia changes - One of America's smallest newspapers is continuing to make some of the industry's most innovative digital waves, with several new developments lined up over the coming months. (pdf)

May 02, 2007
Murdoch offers $5 billion for Wall St. Journal owner - Speculation rises about a bidding war among media companies. (pdf)

Apr 10, 2007
CSUF Council Helps Keep Unity in Family Businesses: Council members offer advice to keep the family-business community healthy (pdf)

Apr 10, 2007
R.C. Hoiles, American Original: How a newspaper publisher spread the gospel of human liberty (pdf)

Mar 08, 2007
Big Profits in Small Packages: Little Newspapers Prosper With Narrow Focus on Very Local News (pdf)

Jan 30, 2007
The only constant at The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo., these days is change (pdf)

Jan 26, 2007
OC Register Parent Revamps Sites - Freedom Interactive, the online unit of Freedom Communications, debuted the first 13 of 40 affiliated Web sites it plans to relaunch by the end of March. The revamped sites are part of a broader effort by Freedom, which owns more than 70 newspapers and magazines including the Orange County Register, to make online a more central part of its business. (pdf)

Jan 16, 2007
Newspaper Ownership Is Turning The Page In Orange County, The Private Model (pdf)

Jan 10, 2007
How Scott Flanders is reshaping Freedom Communications to meet the challenges of the Information Age - Read the complete story featured in the January issue of Smart Business Orange County. (pdf)

Jan 03, 2007
Freedom buys Milton newspaper - Freedom Communications, which owns the Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach, has bought four nondaily newspapers in Northwest Florida, including the Santa Rosa Press Gazette in Milton. (pdf)

Dec 07, 2006
OC Register launches audio podcasts of daily stories - The Orange County Register has added a new feature to its Web site that allows readers to listen to audio summaries of daily stories or to download them to a digital music player. (pdf)

Dec 01, 2006
Freedom Chain To Go With PBS Circ System - Freedom Communications picked Publishing Business Systems' PBS MediaPlus Circulation system to manage circulation at all its dailies, the Minneapolis-based newspaper business software systems maker announced Tuesday. (pdf)

Nov 27, 2006
With New Deals, Monster Now Has 43 Newspaper Partners - The newspaper grab continues with the country’s top three online recruiting sites. Today, said that several newspapers have joined its network. (pdf)

Nov 14, 2006
Orange County Register and iMedia International, Inc. to introduce Hollywood Previews Entertainment Magazine in CD-ROM and print package (pdf)

Nov 13, 2006
Honoring R.C.'s legacy of liberty (pdf)

Nov 06, 2006
Appeal-Democrat - A Celebration of Liberty (pdf)

Oct 27, 2006
The Future Of News - The Future Of News: with CEO Scott FLanders (pdf)

Oct 16, 2006
Associated Press - Anderson elected SNPA president, Paxton to be president-elect (pdf)

Oct 02, 2006
New York Times - How Did Newspapers Land in This Mess? (pdf)

Sep 29, 2006
OC Post launches today - OC Post launches today (pdf)

Sep 07, 2006
The Brownsville Herald - Valleywide Classifieds Call Center to open in November (pdf)

Sep 07, 2006
Orange County Business Journal - Parent of OC Register Launches New Daily (pdf)

Aug 22, 2006
Associated Press - Parent of OC Register Starts New Tabloid (pdf)

Aug 21, 2006
WLNE - WLNE-TV (Channel 6) is up for sale (pdf)

Aug 18, 2006
The Orange County Register - Freedom Buying? (pdf)

Aug 18, 2006
The Orange County Register - The Orange County Register has called off a venture with the Los Angeles Times to deliver advertising inserts (pdf)

Aug 17, 2006
The OC Post - A new daily is launching in Orange County (pdf)

Aug 01, 2006
Orange County Business Journal - Scott Flanders launches new paper and looks to build web. (pdf)

Jul 26, 2006
The Orange County Register - Douglas S. Bennett named Financial Officer of Freedom Communications (pdf)

Jul 21, 2006
The Gazette - Freedom Communications Realignment Prompts Changes at The Gazette (pdf)

Jun 23, 2006
The Orange County Register - Two 'OC Register' Staffers Team Up to Create Political Animations (pdf)

Jun 19, 2006
The Orange County Register - Register's parent buys N.Y. TV station (pdf)

May 23, 2006
Sun Herald - Gulfport benefactors visit Coast; Burlington, N.C. Times-News hopes to help more (pdf)

May 22, 2006
Inland Press - Small paper pursues readership by "fusing" print, online editions (pdf)

Apr 25, 2006
Southern Newspaper Publishers Association - The Shelby (N.C.) Star has blown up its newsroom – figuratively. The paper's newsroom no longer operates like a traditional newsroom and the newspaper doesn't read like a traditional newspaper. It’s more local. Easier to read. Easier to digest. More interactive. And it fuses with the paper's web site. (pdf)

Apr 04, 2006
American Executive Magazine - Scott Flanders discusses how focusing on individual liberties is keeping Freedom on track. (pdf)

Mar 22, 2006
The Wall Street Journal - As Market Shifts, Newspapers Try to Lure New, Young Readers Niche Publications, Web Sites Aim for Small Advertisers; Custom Search Engines (pdf)

Mar 22, 2006
Broadcasting & Cable - NAB TV Board Members Elected. (pdf)

Mar 15, 2006
The Wall Street Journal - Today's Bosses Find Mentoring Isn't Worth The Time and Risks (pdf)

Feb 15, 2006
Editor and Publisher - California Editor Publishes Muhammad Cartoon -- and Slams the AP (pdf)

Jan 10, 2006
The Orange County Register - Scott N. Flanders takes over as CEO of the Register's parent company with plans to expand local news and information. (pdf)

Jan 09, 2006
LA Times - Buy out giant goes shopping in California. (pdf)

Jun 02, 2005
Broadcasting & Cable - Moonves In Mood To Celebrate (pdf)