Orange County Register co-owners Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz quit the struggling paper

Orange County Register co-owners Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz have thrown in the towel.

They told their staff Tuesday afternoon that they’re resigning, effective immediately, from all executive duties at the struggling Register and parent Freedom Communications.
“It has been a privilege and honor to serve as a leader of this institution,” Kushner told the newsroom. “Thank you for hard work, your patience and commitment to the Register.”

From the Register story:

Freedom has gone through dramatic changes since Kushner and Spitz and their 2100 Trust bought the privately held firm in 2012.

The company hired scores of reporters and editors, more than doubling the newsroom staff, to add new sections and publications. It also purchased the Press-Enterprise in Riverside in 2013.

During Kushner’s tenure as CEO, Freedom carried out three rounds of buyouts or layoffs at the Register and ended the Los Angeles Register in September after five months of publication.

Former casino marketing exec Rich Mirman becomes CEO and president.

* Orange County Register co-owners step down ( | (
* Dan Kennedy had an appointment to interview Kushner today (

Earlier on
June 2102: Aaron Kushner and associates buy the Register
March 2013: The Register opens a Washington bureau
January 2014: Orange County Register lays off dozens of staffers
June 2014: Register staffers are offered buyouts, told to take furloughs
September 2014: Kushner and Spitz kill their Los Angeles Register
November 2014: The Register asks newsroom staffers to deliver Sunday papers