The San Diego Union-Tribune, which went on the block in July, has yet to sell, but not for lack of tire-kicking.
In a story on Oct. 9 the paper’s staff reporter, Thomas Kupper, stated that the lineup of interested parties includes the Tribune Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times; San Jose Mercury News parent MediaNews, headed by Dean Singleton; as well as Stephens Media, which publishes the Las Vegas Review-Journal and has investments in several MediaNews publications in California.
Additionally, Canadian-based Black Press, whose U.S. papers include the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Akron Beacon Journal, has shown interest, as has a Beverly Hills investment firm and KUSI Channel 51, owned by Michael McKinnon.
Meanwhile, the Copley Press, which owns the Union-Tribune, has sold several papers that it owned in and out of state and pared its staff through early retirement offers, buyouts and layoffs.
, Connie Lewis