U-T San Diego may be close to buying the Orange County Register, a purchase that could put new U-T owner Doug Manchester at the helm of a sprawling Southland media enterprise.
U-T Chief Executive John Lynch confirmed that the company has “had discussions” with Irvine-based Freedom Communications, which owns the Register. But he stopped short of saying that a definite deal is nearing, as several recent reports have suggested.
“Nothing is certain as we attempt to expand our holding in L.A. and O.C.,” Lynch wrote in an e-mail.
He indicated as much Tuesday in a speech to the Downtown San Diego Lions Club, according to George Saadeh, who introduced Lynch before his address.
“He made a presentation about where they’re heading in their future endeavors,” said Saadeh, who owns Wurts Interiors in San Diego. “There are negotiations going on to purchase the newspaper.”