It’s been mentioned in recent months as a logical possibility. Now, according to a dispatch in the San Diego Reader (and several other reports), the notion of UT San Diego taking over the Orange County Register has moved to the reality stage.
John Lynch, chief executive of the UT, told the Downtown Lions in a Power Point presentation May 8 that the UT is in final talks to purchase the Orange County Register, Coast Magazine, and 24 local newspapers in Orange County.
The newsrooms of the two papers would be combined to provide “one media brand” for all of Southern California, Lynch said, according to former UT reporter and editor Trish Barr, who was a guest. Lynch knew she was in the audience and a former UTer, she confirms.
Today, Lynch expounded upon his Tuesday remarks via email to Ken Stone, a longtime former San Diego Union-Tribune reporter who is now an associate regional editor for Patch: ““No confirmation of anything other than we would like to expand and are looking at all other newspapers in Southern California. Miles to go before we sleep.”