Morning Media Newsfeed: Cuts at Kushner Papers | Time Warner Sells HQ | Manjoo to NYT

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Layoffs at OC Register, Riverside Press-Enterprise (LA Times / Money & Co.)
Significant layoffs hit the newsrooms Thursday at the Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise, a troubling sign for the Aaron Kushner-owned publications. Exact numbers have not been released at the Register, although the cuts there are reported to number roughly 35 people. The paper’s editor, Ken Brusic, and most other top editorial managers have departed, according to multiple sources in the newsroom who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak. LA Times The elimination of 71 employees, many of them seasoned journalists, marks a sharp reversal by Kushner, who controls Freedom Communications Inc., which owns both papers. The former greeting card executive had spent much of the last 18 months growing his publications, acquiring additional news outlets and hiring more than 100 reporters and editors in the process. LA Observed It’s all about restructuring for the future, including the Register‘s upcoming invasion of Los Angeles County, Kushner says. The “content team,” as he puts it, is now 172 people larger than when he arrived, Kushner writes. Donna Wares, previously announced as editor-in-charge of the LA Register, will become managing editor. Poynter / MediaWire Rob Curley is the new editor of the Register. He replaces Brusic, who the Register says is “stepping down as part of a reorganization of the newspaper’s newsroom.”

Time Warner Sells Manhattan Headquarters; CNN, Other Nets, Will Be on The Move (TVNewser)
It’s now a done deal. Time Warner has sold its iconic Manhattan building at Columbus Circle and is already preparing a move 30 blocks south to the as yet undeveloped Hudson Yards neighborhood. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes sent an email to staff Thursday afternoon letting them know about the move, which is still years away. NYT The company will move its headquarters to a new, 80-story skyscraper on the Far West Side of Manhattan, ensuring the development of a vast neighborhood made up of office towers, residential buildings, a shopping mall and a park, all built over a 13-acre railyard. At the same time, Time Warner announced it was selling its existing headquarters, about 1.1 million square feet, in what is known as the Time Warner Center, for $1.3 billion to a partnership of two sovereign wealth funds and the Related Companies. Bloomberg The new skyscraper, 30 Hudson Yards, was designed by the architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and is slated to be the fourth-tallest building in New York, at 1,227 feet (374 meters), Time Warner said. CNNMoney “By consolidating our space to Hudson Yards, New York’s next great neighborhood, we will be able to reallocate substantial savings to our primary business of creating and sharing great storytelling in television, film, and journalism with audiences around the world,” Bewkes said in a statement.

Farhad Manjoo Heads to New York Times After 4 Months at Wall Street Journal to Replace David Pogue (Re/code)
The New York Times has found a replacement for David Pogue, its high-profile tech reviewer: Sources say the Times is filling his old slot with Farhad Manjoo, the Wall Street Journal columnist who recently joined that paper. Manjoo joined the Journal last September, after a five-year stint at Slate. Pogue left the Times in November for Yahoo!, where he launched a new consumer tech site this month. NYT At the Times, Manjoo will write the “State of The Art” technology column that reviews new software and devices. “State of The Art” will push beyond traditional reviews and examine the tech industry more broadly and the role technology plays in society, said Times business editor Dean Murphy in a memo sent to staff late Thursday.

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