Questions From Pension Agency Might Slow Down McClatchy's Bankruptcy Process

Feb 17, 2020
KEVIN G. HALL / McClatchy

Bankruptcy proceedings for McClatchy Co. began Friday with a key government agency saying it opposed quick resolution of pension matters because of concerns about a 2018 transaction between the company and its largest creditor, Chatham Asset Management.

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, which takes over pensions in the event of company distress, argued against a request by McClatchy and Chatham to move immediately to mediation. The judge delayed a decision on the mediation request until Tuesday.

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

Feb 13, 2020

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.

Citrus County Commissioners will decide later this month whether to purchase a digital subscription to The New York Times for the county’s library system. The last two commission meetings heard from residents who were outraged when commissioners joked about not approving a $2700 contract for a digital subscription to the paper.

A disturbing video depicting President Trump shooting, stabbing and setting on fire critics and the media was played at a conference held by a pro-Trump group at his Miami resort.

The video rampage was shown during a three-day conference held by American Priority at Trump's National Doral Miami, according to the organizers.

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In a letter delivered to management on Wednesday, the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and newsrooms have jointly announced their intention to unionize. The move makes the largest joint newsroom in South Florida the latest in a string of newspapers across the nation that have began pushing for union representation in recent years.

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a lower court was wrong to dismiss former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit against The New York Times over an editorial linking her to a 2011 mass shooting.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to a lower court, saying her case against the newspaper "plausibly states a claim for defamation and may proceed to full discovery."

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In the first of what promises to be many hearings by Congress into Big Tech's dominant role in the information society, the head of a media industry group said that "a small cadre of tech giants exercise an extreme level of control over news."


WPLG-Channel 10 announced Monday the death of news anchor Todd Tongen, an on-air presence since 1989. Tongen was 56.

Courtesy of the Sun Sentinel

A judge has dismissed a Florida school board's request that a newspaper and two reporters be held in contempt for publishing information about the former student charged with last year's campus massacre.

Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Monday dismissed the Broward County School Board's request that she find the South Florida Sun Sentinel in contempt for publishing redacted material from an August report about Nikolas Cruz's educational background. The district argued the material was redacted to protect his privacy.

Two Reuters reporters, jailed after investigating the killing of several Rohingya Muslims, will remain in prison, Myanmar's highest court ruled Tuesday.

"They were sentenced for seven years and this decision stands, and the appeal is rejected," Supreme Court Justice Soe Naing told the court, according to Reuters. The judge did not elaborate.

The United States has become a less safe place for journalists, and the threats they face are becoming the standard, according to a new report by an international press freedom organization.

Reporters Sans Frontières, or Reporters Without Borders, dropped the U.S. to No. 48 out of 180 on its annual World Press Freedom Index, three notches lower than its place last year. The move downgrades the country from a "satisfactory" place to work freely to a "problematic" one for journalists.

Antonio Contreras / Courtesy GLAAD

Although the entertainment industry in the United States has helped advance a more tolerant and inclusive public perception of sexual minorities, Spanish-language television networks are still marginalizing and misrepresenting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) community in scripted programming.

U.S. Journalist Detained In Venezuela, According To Reports

Mar 6, 2019

Cody Weddle, a freelance reporter who lives in Caracas, Venezuela, was detained by authorities in recent hours, according to the National Union of Journalists, SNTP.

In a tweet, the organization said Venezuela’s Military Counterintelligence had raided Weddle’s home early Wednesday and had also detained his Venezuelan colleague Carlos Camacho. The team’s equipment was also seized. The organization said he hadn’t been heard from them since 8 a.m. local time.

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Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos is accusing American Media Inc., parent company of the National Enquirer, of extortion, saying it threatened to publish potentially embarrassing personal photos of him if he did not stop an investigation into how the tabloid obtained other private photos and texts of him and his girlfriend.