Freedom Communications To Close 'Long Beach Register'


Freedom Communications’ ambitious attempt to launch new newspapers serving local markets in Southern California suffered another setback this week. The company announced it is pulling the plug on the Long Beach Register after just a year and a half of publication.

The Long Beach Register, launched in August 2013, ceased publication on December 28, according to a spokesman from Freedom Communications, who added: “We remain committed to serving Long Beach, and will continue covering the city's major news developments in the Register and”

The closing comes only a few months after Freedom shuttered another new newspaper, the Los Angeles Register, which published from April to September of this year before getting the axe.



Both newspapers were launched with editorial and business resources from Freedom’s flagship newspaper, the Orange County Register. Customers who subscribed to the Long Beach Register will now receive the Orange County Register instead.

The Orange County Register has had its own issues to deal with in recent months, including a legal fracas with The Los Angeles Times, which Freedom hired to deliver the newspaper, over unpaid delivery fees.

It remains to be seen whether any of Freedom’s new newspapers will survive. In March, the publisher launched a new Spanish-language weekly newspaper for Southern California, Unidos en el Sur de California. The new newspaper combines the editorial staff and production and distribution resources of two existing Spanish-language papers owned by Freedom: the Excelsior in Orange County and La Prensa, which serves the Los Angeles metro area.

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  1. Jay Fredrickson from Fredrickson Services Inc., December 29, 2014 at 7:03 p.m.

    This is bad news, as it looked like the new group may have been on to something. Here's hoping the rest of these papers can survive.

  2. Douglas Ferguson from College of Charleston, December 30, 2014 at 10:15 a.m.

    Stick a fork in print newspapers, they're done. The obituary section is effectively a subscriber countdown. Yes, I still subscribe and retrieve my daily copy from the middle of my suburban driveway at 6 a.m. (although as a pre-teen I recall my job throwing papers on the front porch from my bicycle, which was before TV killed off afternoon editions).

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