Tribune Will Emerge From Bankruptcy Protection Today

TribuneThe biggest media industry bankruptcy ever will end today after four years with Tribune’s chief creditors — Oaktree Capital Management, Angelo, Gordon & Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co – empowered to run the Chicago based broadcasting and newspaper power. … Read More »

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Tribune Prepares To Emerge From Bankruptcy As It Secures FCC Cross-Ownership Waivers

By | Friday November 16, 2012 @ 3:07pm PST

The FCC’s Media Bureau gave Tribune a permanent waiver so it can continue to own a TV station and newspaper in Chicago, and temporary ones so it can ignore the government’s cross-ownership restrictions in New York, Los Angeles, South Florida and Hartford. The decisions “will enable the company to continue moving forward toward emergence from Chapter 11, a process we expect to complete over the course of the next several weeks,” CEO Eddy Hartenstein says. It also could set a precedent if News Corp — which also owns TV stations in LA and Chicago — decides to buy the Los Angeles Times or Chicago Tribune. Tribune owns 23 TV stations and eight newspapers, and would like to sell some assets to stabilize its finances. Rupert Murdoch is intrigued by the possibility of picking up some major newspapers once News Corp splits its publishing operation off into a separate, publicly traded company.

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Bankruptcy End Nears For Tribune, Judge Confirms Reorganization Plan: LAT, Chicago Tribune

By | Monday July 23, 2012 @ 11:20pm PDT

It’s official. A federal judge today confirmed a plan for Tribune Co. to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Deadline reported last week that Judge Kevin Carey said he … Read More »

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Tribune Bankruptcy Plan OK’d By Judge

By | Friday July 13, 2012 @ 5:53pm PDT

A federal bankruptcy judge today approved Tribune Co.‘s plan to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. After overruling one objection and persuading a creditor to withdraw another, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Carey said he would sign an order approving the plan after final wording changes were made. Tribune owns 23 television stations and and eight daily newspapers including the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. The company will now seek Federal Communications Commission approval for the new owners — banks and hedge funds including Oaktree Capital Group, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Angelo Gordon & Co. Without the FCC’s permission and transfer of station broadcast licenses to the new owners, Tribune can’t execute its restructuring plan. Depending on how long that process takes, some believe Tribune could emerge from bankruptcy as early as August. Tribune filed for bankruptcy protection in December 2008. Read More »

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Tribune Tells Bankruptcy Court That It Has A Plan To Finally Stand On Its Own

It’s been nearly three years since real estate magnate Sam Zell drove Tribune to seek bankruptcy protection — the result of his disastrous $8.2B leveraged buyout transactions in 2007. But the broadcasting, publishing and Internet power says its days in the penalty … Read More »

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Forget Eisner: Now It’s Chernin To Tribune? UPDATE: Odds Of It “Way Below 20%”

UPDATE 1:30 PM: I’ve now had time to do some reporting of my own to put perspective on the Wall Street Journal‘s — and this idea of Peter Chernin taking over Tribune Co is a real longshot. Insiders … Read More »

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Tribune Preps Bankruptcy Escape Plan

Is Michael Eisner still interested in the top Tribune job? What will happen to all of the stations? Those are the pressing questions now that Tribune has supposedly found a way out of Chapter 11. The company and many of its creditors announced a settlement after many of the lenders were holding out. Tribune said it … Read More »

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