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'OC Register' Publisher Anderson Resigns, Horne to Take over -- Moreno Gets Mesa Post

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'OC Register' Publisher Anderson Resigns, Horne to Take over -- Moreno Gets Mesa Post

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Just weeks after being forced to withdraw Marti Buscaglia as its new publisher -- saying she had lied on her resume -- The Orange County Register's current publisher, N. Christian Anderson, has resigned, according to the newspaper.

He will leave in September and be replaced by Terry Horne, publisher of the East Valley Tribune in Mesa, Ariz. Anderson had also served as president of Freedom Orange County. He will be replaced in that role by Jonathan Segal, who is a Freedom senior vice president and President of Freedom Community Newspapers.

"I am leaving Freedom Communications with a wonderful sense of personal and professional accomplishment," Anderson said. "Our team has produced remarkable financial results over the past eight and a half years, while greatly expanding our product portfolio and our reach to advertisers and information customers. We are experiencing tremendous growth of our Interactive products--and the best is yet to come.

"Yet, it is time for me to move on," Anderson added. "If someone had told me in 1980 I would spend 27 years with a single company, I would have thought he was nuts. I embraced Freedom's legacy values and gained much as a result. Now I have new experiences to undertake and look forward to that. I also leave supporting the consolidation of Freedom's newspapers into a single division. And I support Terry Horne as a very able leader who will build on our successes in serving Orange County as the unparalleled information leader."

Anderson began his career at Freedom in 1980 at the Orange County Register as editor.

Segal will take on the new title of president of Freedom Newspapers, a new entity combining the previous Freedom Orange County and Freedom Community Newspapers entities.

"One newspaper division is a critical step in sharing more resources across Freedom," said Freedom Communications Chief Executive Officer Scott Flanders. "The change is necessary as Freedom competes in an increasingly competitive media space. We must continue to aggressively diversify our revenue streams as we move to better leverage our core assets of local content and local advertising relationships."

Horne began his newspaper career at Knight Ridder. …

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