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News Company McClatchy, Owner Of The Miami Herald, Files For Bankruptcy

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McClatchy was founded more than 162 years ago and has won more than 50 Pulitzer Prizes.

McClatchy Co., owner of the Miami Herald and 29 other newspapers, filed for bankruptcy Thursday, a move that will end family control of America’s second largest local news company and hand it to creditors who have expressed support for independent journalism.

The Chapter 11 filing will allow McClatchy to restructure its debts and, it hopes, shed much of its pension obligations. Under a plan outlined in its filing to a federal bankruptcy court, about 60 percent of its debt would be eliminated as the news organization tries to reposition for a digital future.

The likely new owners, if the court accepts the plan, would be led by hedge fund Chatham Asset Management LLC. They would operate McClatchy as a privately held company. More than 7 million shares of both publicly available and protected family-owned stock would be canceled.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.