Monday, December 8, 2008


Tribune Co. filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors Monday amid declines in advertising revenue.

The company, which operates TV stations and newspapers including the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, had $7.6 billion of assets and debt of $13 billion, according to a Chapter 11 petition filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del.

The filing excludes the Cubs franchise, according to Sam Zell, Tribune's CEO.

“It has been, to say the least, the perfect storm,” Mr. Zell said in a note to employees just after the filing. “A precipitous decline in revenue and a tough economy have coupled with a credit crisis, making it extremely difficult to support our debt.” [Click for MORE]

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