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The (Toronto) Globe and Mail this weekend profiled David Black, the Canadian publisher serving as an advisor to Platinum Equity, the private equity firm that bought The San Diego Union-Tribune.
The story offers a bit of insight about Black (he talks softly, likes sailing and thinks newspapers can be profitable) and this tidbit about the Union-Tribune’s future:
Mr. Black and Platinum don’t have dreams of editorial expansion. Mr. Black’s papers are mostly of the decidedly no-frill variety, and, in one example, there are no plans to resurrect the Union-Tribune’s Washington bureau, which was shuttered last year. “In a perfect world, you have bureaus in several places but that perfect world isn’t going to happen, I don’t believe, where you have money to burn in editorial,” Mr. Black said in an interview.
The newspaper’s Washington bureau was shuttered late last year, just three years after the bureau’s reporters wrote a series of stories that led to an eight-year prison sentence for U.S. Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham on bribery charges and a Pulitzer Prize for the Union-Tribune.