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Freedom Communications plans to launch Los Angeles Register

Freedom Communications Inc., the owner of the Orange County Register, is crossing the northern border once again, this time to launch the Los Angeles Register sometime next year.

The media conglomerate, which earlier this year started a Long Beach edition, announced the L.A. newspaper at a staff meeting Thursday at its Santa Ana headquarters.

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The Los Angeles Register would be the latest addition to the small but rapidly growing newspaper empire run by entrepreneur Aaron Kushner.

Kushner wouldn’t say when the new paper would debut but said the company would be “moving very quickly.”

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“It’s a fabulous market,” he said. “We’re excited to bring our brand of community building, local newspapering and our political perspective to Los Angeles.”

The Los Angeles Register would be a stand-alone product separate from the Orange County Register, he said. He declined to provide details about the size of the staff or the size and sections of the newspaper.

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He said the company would hire editorial staff externally and transfer some existing employees to the L.A. office.

Since buying Freedom last year, Kushner has invested heavily in print content and expanding editorial staff.

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The company closed the $27.25-million purchase of the Riverside Press-Enterprise last month after launching the Long Beach Register in August.

andrea.chang@latimes.com

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Twitter: @byandreachang


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