Today, the city of Long Beach became a two newspaper town. Coin-operated boxes have been placed around the city to sell the Long Beach Register, an off-shoot of Aaron Kushner’s Orange County Register.
The long-established Press-Telegram – which is owned by the Los Angeles News Group – has been serving the port city for more than a century.
The debut comes around the one year anniversary of Kushner coming to town. About a year ago, the Boston businessman bought the OC Register, vowing to buck daily newspaper trends by beefing up the paper’s coverage and hiring more reporters.
He’s stayed true to his word, but also raised eyebrows in his newsroom and in the industry with controversial proposals. Has Kushner’s reign been good for Orange County—or is the jury still out?
OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano joins KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis for our weekly Orange County Line segment.