OC Weekly Bought by Gabacho Publisher from Newport Beach


I’m late getting to this, but a hearty congratulations to our friends at OC Weekly who were acquired last week by Duncan McIntosh, a publisher of Yachting and boating publications in Newport Beach.  Yes, the editors and writers from the Weekly can thank a wealthy gabacho to sign the front of their paychecks.

Newspaper buy and sell side analysts I called last week told TheLiberalOC that when the paper coming up on the one year mark for being for sale without a buyer, two likely scenarios emerged — the shuttering of the publication altogether or a fire sale of sorts.  The asking price, they surmised, was between 3.5X to 5.5X the Weekly’s cash flow; being privately held, the folks at the Weekly and those managing the sale of the Weekly won’t disclose that information (which is perfectly agreeable).  But when you consider the nation’s largest circulation alt-weekly, the Village Voice in New York City, which has about three times the circulation (OC Weekly’s has a declining circulation of 45,000) in a market significantly larger than Orange County sold for under $1.5 million, the fire sale scenario was pretty likely.

From the New York Times on the sale of the Voice last October: “The digital revolution, changes in ownership, mismanagement and round after round of layoffs rendered the predictable tragedies. During later years, the business model, essentially reliant on lewd classifieds, could no longer sustain itself; sex and sexual provocation were readily available all over the Internet. In this way the demise of The Voice has much in common with the fall of Playboy, which announced recently that beginning next year it would no longer feature pictures of naked women — there was little point.”

So now the team at OC Weekly can thank Newport Beach’s Duncan McIntosh, who owns publications such as Sea Magazine, BoatingWorld and the Log Newspaper and journalism magazine Editor & Publisher.  Editor & Publisher announced it was shutting down in December 2009 only to be acquired — at fire sale prices — in January 2010, which suggests McIntosh likely got OC Weekly on the cheap but has unannounced plans to invest in the publication which is good. One source told us the sale price for OC Weekly was likely between $250,000 and $500,000, which seems very cheap but again, details of the sale were not made public.

McIntosh’s company also produces the Newport Boat Show and the Lido Yacht Expo.  The former parent of OC Weekly, Voice Media Group, has sold a number of publications to “focus on its core products.”

So congratulations to OC Weekly on local ownership.  We look forward to seeing how McIntosh’s new investments will pay off.

  28 comments for “OC Weekly Bought by Gabacho Publisher from Newport Beach

  1. Pinky
    February 11, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Gabacho is a racist term

    • February 11, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      And you are a pink albino dipstick.

  2. El Mosquito
    February 11, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Describing your tiny manhood Nelson?

    • February 12, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Manhood is a guy (or girl) not afraid to say what they think under their own name. Whoops, did I squish you?

      • February 12, 2016 at 9:54 am

        I agree with you on that Vern

  3. Jack Daniels
    February 11, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Vern Nelson,

    I’ve missed you my old friend. Remember the days and nights we spent cuddling together before you drove us home? Let’s never be apart again.

    • February 12, 2016 at 9:17 am

      You’re right, it’s been years. I’m sure you’ll find some other friends though.

      Hey, fun thread! Shall we keep this going?

      • February 12, 2016 at 9:55 am

        I’d rather talk about how cheap the acquisition was. We’re talking less than an average mortgage in Irvine

  4. No To Gangs Yes To Police
    February 12, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    David err Roddy where are you?

    Are you three going to the Protest at APD tonight??? FTP right Paul errr Henry. Maybe Ryan …I mean Reality boy can bring some of his home brew while protesting yet ANOTHER violent felon killed by police. Sheesh they should just let these guys alone.

    • February 12, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      The kind of horrible anonymous slander Dan allows daily on his blog. 22-year old Gustavo Najera was neither violent nor a felon. He was unarmed, and allegedly knocking on someone’s door around midnight. We don’t know yet what the cops’ pretext for killing him will be, but they’ve said he was unarmed, and they shot him in the back of the head.

      I see that brings you schadenfreude and amusement. Personally I think you should go to hell and stay there.

      • February 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm

        Vern, let me know when OJ stops allowing anon slander.

        • February 12, 2016 at 9:16 pm

          Let me know when we EVER accused someone wrongly and cavalierly of a crime, especially someone who was just tragically and senselessly killed.

          • February 12, 2016 at 10:26 pm

            I was talking about libel and slander.

  5. Pinky
    February 12, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Keep turning a blind eye to gangs Nelson. Donna is the mother of the year

    • February 12, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      Gangs suck. I’m against them. Gustavo Najera has not been accused of running with a gang, and his friends tell me he didn’t. Next? Arseholes?

      • Pinky
        February 14, 2016 at 12:31 pm

        So you were with Paul Lucas and Joe Dunn when Scalia died. Joe must be working the jailbird vote

        • Santiago Creek Neighbor
          February 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm

          Joe Dunn should be cautious with the company he keeps between the two (Vern and Paul) they have been incarcerated longer than most 50 year old Americans has had the flu.

          There are rumblings that Mrs. Pantone is fine with Jeff and Uno, but when the cat drags in “the drunk smelly guy” and the “meth head” all bets are off. Progessive politics has its limits. ………..

          • Pinky
            February 15, 2016 at 1:14 pm

            I thought Dunn was smarter than that. Lucas? Nelson?

        • junior
          February 16, 2016 at 9:07 am

          “.. his friends tell me he didn’t (run with a gang) ..”

          That’s what they always say …..

  6. Gustavo Arellano
    February 12, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    God, OC’s blogging scene is pathetic…

    • February 12, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      And so is the alt-weekly scene. If I knew you were going that cheap, I would have bought you myself. My run rate is better than yours. Ha.

    • Geoff West
      February 12, 2016 at 11:50 pm

      Hey! I resent that! 🙂 And, kudos on the local ownership, Gustavo.

  7. Rintrah
    February 14, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    All this slander and talk of slander after a post about the only alt/weekly that we’ve got .

    Jeez, Vern from the reaction you get from OC’s original Birchers, you’d think you were black! Or president ! Or a black president.

    • February 15, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Or that I must be doing something right?

      Thanks for noticing…

      • Cynthia mae Curran
        February 15, 2016 at 5:40 pm

        Hey, they are a lot of non-birchers these days. Only voted only 5 3percent for Romney while San Francisco voted 70 percent for Obama. The Birchers are a dying group on the right few are below 60 years old in Orange County. They are the Trump supporers in OC against the younger Republicans that like Cruz-hard on the right and Rubio because the younger Republicans from a picture I saw were a lot more minority. OC can become purplish like San Diego if the Dems here were more in the political middle since Latinos and Asians like more moderate candidates.

        • February 15, 2016 at 5:49 pm

          I don’t really know why Rintrah called Dan and his anonymous choir of dirtbags “Original Birchers,” but it felt like an assist, so … cheers!

          • February 15, 2016 at 7:04 pm

            Yea, I don’t get that either

  8. Cynthia mae Curran
    February 15, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    http://www.ocyr.org/ Proof that the County can go purplish.

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