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LA Register ends publication after five months




Orange County Register Publisher Aaron Kushner (left) and company President Eric Spitz.
Orange County Register Publisher Aaron Kushner (left) and company President Eric Spitz.
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It was a bold move to invest in newspapers when conventional wisdom was that print publications are a dying breed.

But businessman Aaron Kushner did it anyway — expanding Freedom Communications' Orange County Register and entering new territory in Long Beach and Los Angeles. The latter was short-lived. The company announced Tuesday that the LA Register will stop publication after just five months in circulation.

But today, the LA Register will stop publication after just five months in circulation.

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Kushner said starting the paper wasn't a gamble. He said he believed the paper could compete with the Los Angeles Times by offering alternative, quality journalism.

KPCC's Ben Bergman reports on what exactly went wrong.