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Tribune Bondholders Fault Zell Takeover (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 27, 2009 | JEFFREY MCCRACKEN, MIKE SPECTOR and SHIRA OVIDE

Posted on 08/27/2009 8:20:48 AM PDT by abb

Disgruntled Tribune Co. bondholders have asked a U.S. bankruptcy judge to let them investigate Sam Zell's 2007 buyout of the newspaper-and-television chain in an effort to derail a plan that would hand the company over to its banks.

The filing, made late Wednesday, calls the $8.2 billion transaction a "fraudulent conveyance" that left Tribune insolvent from the onset of the 2007 deal. It accuses senior lenders led by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. of completing a leveraged buyout they should have known would push the company into bankruptcy.

"Fraudulent conveyance" is a legal term most often used in bankruptcy court, in which creditors allege a company has used assets in a way unfair to creditors. In the context of leveraged buyouts, creditors can argue a deal loaded up a company with too much debt, leaving it undercapitalized and unable to meet future obligations.

The filing will seek to slow or nullify an advancing plan for Tribune to exit from bankruptcy protection with J.P. Morgan, Bank of America Corp.'s Merrill Lynch and other banks owning nearly all of Tribune in return for the banks forgiving about $8 billion in debt.

Bondholders would likely receive only a sliver of new equity under the deal. The bondholders seeking to investigate Mr. Zell's buyout of Tribune represent more than 18% of the company's bond debt, according to the court filing. The bondholder's requested investigation centers around some $1.26 billion in notes issued between 1992 and 1997.

Bondholders have suggested the judge appoint an independent examiner to probe the deal if their request to conduct the investigation themselves is denied.

The move by Tribune's bondholders could become common in the months ahead, as many big leveraged buyouts struck during the credit boom collapse into bankruptcy.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dbm; newspapers; tribune; zell
Caveat Emptor
1 posted on 08/27/2009 8:20:49 AM PDT by abb
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; ...

ping


2 posted on 08/27/2009 8:21:33 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125133475038162379.html
Cable Firm, Partners to Test TV on the Web

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2009/aug/26/council-run-newspapers-local-newspapers
Do councils care if they kill off local newspapers? Evidently not...

http://www.johntemple.net/2009/08/today-is-six-month-anniversary-of-final.html
Today is the six month anniversary of the final edition of the Rocky Mountain News - Read reflections from the paper’s staff


3 posted on 08/27/2009 8:28:01 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

They’re not even politicians and they are corrupt. Just like when liberals run banks and other things, they are always going to be corrupt becasuse they think thats how the game is played.


4 posted on 08/27/2009 8:40:44 AM PDT by GeronL (Ted is dead, sir- begins train ride to hell .. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: abb

I want to start a weekly 8-page newspaper with no pictures and look like they did in the 1850’s. Wouldn’t that be the most interesting-looking paper in the country?


5 posted on 08/27/2009 8:42:14 AM PDT by GeronL (Ted is dead, sir- begins train ride to hell .. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

You probably do that very thing online and your publication cost would be close to zero, except for the cost of your labor writing the stories, etc.


6 posted on 08/27/2009 8:44:14 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

I kind of like those e-papers you can turn the page on, with sound effect. Once in a while I check out the one from the Washington Examiner. The Washington Times charges $39 a year for e-mail delivery of theirs. For the WashTimes I would seriously consider it. I know it cost them less than a penny to send me that but still.


7 posted on 08/27/2009 8:48:44 AM PDT by GeronL (Ted is dead, sir- begins train ride to hell .. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: abb

http://www.thrfeed.com/2009/08/mostwatched-summer-ever-royal-pains-tops-new-cable.html
Most-watched summer ever; ‘Royal Pains’ tops list

http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=44197&c=1
Birmingham Post editor: Going weekly is the best option

http://www.niemanlab.org/2009/08/micropayments-and-the-power-of-free/
Micropayments and the power of free


8 posted on 08/27/2009 9:10:10 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Maybe the Birmingham Post will resort to publishing the week of Feb 29th..


9 posted on 08/27/2009 9:19:58 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth!!!!! It's the ONLY planet with chocolate!)
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To: abb

http://www.slate.com/id/2226419/pagenum/all/
Ink Hole
Alex S. Jones thinks failing journalism makes failing democracy. So why won’t he prove it?


10 posted on 08/27/2009 9:33:05 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=169115
Where are J-Schools in Great Debate over Journalism’s Future?

http://www.cjr.org/resources/index.php
CJR’s guide to what the major media companies own.


11 posted on 08/27/2009 10:13:53 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: MplsSteve; Milhous; All

http://www.minnpost.com/braublog/2009/08/27/11162/document_new_publisher_must_keep_undoing_star_tribunes_strongly_liberal_image
Document: New publisher must keep undoing Star Tribune’s ‘strongly liberal’ image


12 posted on 08/27/2009 10:22:17 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

http://thephoenix.com/Boston/News/88874-Short-sighted/
The Projo ‘s ultra-local approach could save the paper — or spell its demise


13 posted on 08/27/2009 2:19:31 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Ping to post #1


14 posted on 08/27/2009 3:29:44 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Fraudulent conveyance won’t fly. As you said, “caveat emptor”


15 posted on 08/27/2009 3:54:03 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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