Uitgever Chicago Tribune verkocht

Uitgever Chicago Tribune verkocht Chicago, 3 april. Een krantenjongen verkoopt op straat de Chicago Tribune en de Chicago Sun Times. De twee dagbladen zijn onderdeel van het Amerikaanse mediaconcern Tribune, dat wordt overgenomen door vastgoedbelegger Sam Zell. Gisteren werd bekend dat Zell ruim 8,1 miljard dollar (ruim 6 miljard euro) voor Tribune betaalt. Foto AFP Willie Jones sells copies of the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun Times 02 April 2007 in Chicago. Billionaire Sam Zell will buy media giant Tribune Co. and take the company private in a 13-billion-dollar deal, the company announced 02 April 2007. Zell won the bidding after months of negotiations, besting an offer from Los Angeles-based billionaires Ron Burkle and Eli Broad. The deal calls for Zell to contribute 315 million dollars of an 8.1 billion dollar purchase price, amounting to 34 dollars per share. An employee stock ownership plan, financed through new debt, will provide the rest of the cash while five billion in existing debt will remain on the Tribune's books. Zell will take over the group owning the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times at a time when traditional media have been struggling with the loss of advertising revenue and audiences to the Internet and cable television. AFP PHOTO/Scott Olson/Getty Images FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS AND TELEVISION USE ONLY AFP