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Fri May 21, 2021, 02:05 PM

'Vulture' Fund Alden Global, Known For Slashing Newsrooms, Buys Tribune Papers

Source: NPR

The New York-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital – known for slashing its newspapers' budgets to extract escalated profits – won shareholder approval Friday for its $633 million bid to acquire the Tribune Publishing newspaper chain.

The purchase represents the culmination of Alden's years-long drive to take over the company and its storied titles – including Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, New York Daily News and major metro papers from Hartford, Conn. to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Alden's reputation had set off a frantic effort by union members in Tribune Publishing newsrooms. Their organizer, Baltimore Sun education reporter Liz Bowie, dubbed the effort "Project Mayhem." The journalists tried to secure potential buyers in numerous Tribune markets who embraced the public-minded aspirations of journalism, including the Maryland philanthropist and hotel magnate Stewart Bainum Jr.

After a process marked by intrigue and whiplash, Alden dashed all those hopes. The hedge fund already held a 32-percent stake in Tribune. Alden's founder, Randall Smith, sits on Tribune's board, as do two other directors with close ties to Alden. Smith's protégé, Heath Freeman, oversees Alden's previous newspaper holdings and is the fund's president. Both men keep low public profiles.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2021/05/21/998730863/vulture-fund-alden-global-known-for-slashing-newsrooms-buys-tribune-papers

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SouthBayDem May 2021 OP
bahboo May 2021 #1
Stuart G May 2021 #2
Demovictory9 May 2021 #6
ZZenith May 2021 #3
dalton99a May 2021 #4
Carlitos Brigante May 2021 #5
japple May 2021 #7

Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Fri May 21, 2021, 04:31 PM

1. well this sucks....

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Fri May 21, 2021, 04:41 PM

2. Chicago Trubune has been an outstanding paper for over 100 years, GOOD BY TRIBUNE, GOOD BY



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Response to Stuart G (Reply #2)

Fri May 21, 2021, 05:58 PM

6. yep. heard about this on the radio.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Fri May 21, 2021, 05:25 PM

3. And, of course, Randall D. Smith, the founder of this awful company

donated $100,000 to the former guy’s “victory fund” in 2019.

“ Alden has a reputation for sharply cutting costs by reducing the number of journalists working on its newspapers.[12][13] In March 2018, Margaret Sullivan, the media columnist for The Washington Post, called Alden "one of the most ruthless of the corporate strip-miners seemingly intent on destroying local journalism."[14] Alden received critical coverage from the editorial staff at the Denver Post, who described Alden Global Capital as "vulture capitalists" after multiple staff layoffs.[9][15][16]”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alden_Global_Capital

He is married to Barbara Stovall Smith, and they own sixteen mansions in the Palm Beach, Florida, area through limited liability companies.[6] Smith is known for his use of offshore companies.[1]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randall_D._Smith

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #3)

Fri May 21, 2021, 05:27 PM

4. +1

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Fri May 21, 2021, 05:55 PM

5. Oh FFS!!! nt

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Fri May 21, 2021, 06:08 PM

7. So sorry to read this. Project Mayhem indeed.

We are screwn...

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