Purchase agreement signed today by U-T San Diego and Tribune Publishing combines the U-T with the Los Angeles Times with both papers to remain separate brands
San Diego, Calif. — Papa Doug Manchester, owner and publisher of U-T San Diego, has agreed to sell the multimedia enterprise to Tribune Publishing, owner of the Los Angeles Times, combining two of Southern California’s oldest and most recognizable media companies, executives announced Thursday.
“It has been my great privilege to own the San Diego Union-Tribune, the oldest business in San Diego and a very special part of our community,” said Papa Doug Manchester. “Like every business I have undertaken, I have enjoyed providing opportunities for others, creating positive experiences, and being a cheerleader for the good of our community. It has been important for me to speak out positively on a local, national and international level, particularly in denouncing Christian genocide and other oppression throughout the world.”
Manchester added, “As publisher, my motive always was to do what was right for our city and our country. I’m proud to have been associated with the U-T, and I’m proud to leave it in the hands of Tribune Publishing, which brings a tradition of journalistic excellence along with the resources that will ensure a successful future.”