Secrecy of Ownership

“Be accountable and transparent…. Expose unethical conduct in journalism, including within their organizations” — The Society of Professional Journalists

Voice Media Group agreed to sell LA Weekly to Semanal Media, “a mysterious new company,” the LA Times reported in October 2017. They did not respond to questions about its ownership or location. Roughly three weeks later, the LA Times reported that Brian Calle, a self-described “free market enthusiast” and former opinion editor for the Orange County Register, and David Welch, an attorney in the cannabis industry, had been selected for leadership and investor roles, respectively; the existing staff was not notified.

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