U-T San Diego changes back to old name

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SAN DIEGO — The $85 million sale of the U-T San Diego newspaper to Tribune Publishing was completed Thursday, the companies announced. The company said it will restore the 146-year-old paper’s former name — the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Tribune will assume the San Diego daily’s pension debt and also takes over nine community publications as part of the transaction.

A regional operating organization called the California News Group will oversee both the San Diego newspaper and the Los Angeles Times, Tribune’s other major holding in Southern California.

Austin Beutner, the Times’ publisher and CEO, said CNG would run both newspapers as separate brands with different newsrooms. He’ll serve as publisher and chief executive for both papers, as well as the California News Group.

Tribune purchased the newspaper from developer Doug Manchester, who acquired it four years ago. He later purchased the North County Times and the community weeklies.

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