The Santa Clarita Valley Signal
The Santa Clarita Valley Signal is a newspaper in Santa Clarita, California. It was founded in 1919 as a weekly, the Newhall Signal. From c. 1979 to 2016, the Signal was owned by Savannah, Georgia-based Morris Multimedia, who sold it to Paladin Multi-Media Group. The current owners are Richard and Chris Budman, who purchased Paladin in June 2018. The Signal covers the city of Santa Clarita and surrounding unincorporated areas in the Santa Clarita Valley, about 30 miles (48 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. By 2018, it was the only newspaper serving the city.
|Type||News media and broadcasting|
|Owner(s)||Richard and Chris Budman|
|Managing editor||Perry R. Smith|
|Sports editor||Haley Sawyer|
|Staff writers||Jim Holt, Caleb Lunetta, Emily Alvarenga, Vivianna Shields, Diego Marquez, Haley Sawyer, Tammy Murga and Matt Fernandez|
|Headquarters||26330 Diamond Place|
Santa Clarita, California 91350
Morris Multimedia, based in Savannah, Georgia and led by chairman Charles H. Morris, owned the Signal for thirty-seven years. In January 2016, Morris Multimedia sold The Signal to Paladin Multimedia Group. Charles F. Champion, the Signal' new president and publisher, said he wanted to "build on the paper's award winning news platform", attract more local advertisements, and increase his audience. At that time the forty editorial, advertising sales, circulation, digital and production departments staff members retained their jobs. Champion's business partners were Gary Sproule, Russ Briley and Ken DePaola.
Richard Budman, who had been the Signal publisher under Morris Multimedia from 2004 to 2007, and his wife Chris Budman, purchased the Signal in June 2018.
Tim Whyte, who had worked with Budman as the Signal' general manager until 2007, returned as editor-in-chief in 2018. Whyte writes all the editorials for the daily. In 2018, along with the five-day edition, the Signal began to publish a new Sunday magazine with free distribution to 75,000 households, featuring a "bylined column" entitled "Black and Whyte" by Whyte.
According to an October 9, 2018 article in the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), the new management led to a conservative shift in the paper's editorial stance, which prompted a group of progressives in the Santa Clarita Valley to start their own news outlet, the Proclaimer. According to a July 24, 2018 article in The Daily Beast, the Budmans have espoused conspiracy theories and promoted the Republican Party in the valley. Richard Budman defended himself against allegations that the couple's politics could influence the newspaper's editorial stance, stating that the newspaper ran positive stories on Katie Hill, then a Democratic congressional candidate.
- Frazin, Rachel (July 24, 2018). "Santa Clarita Valley Signal's New Owners Boosted Far-Right Conspiracies". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
- "Former publisher buys The Signal". California News Publishers Association (CNPA). Retrieved August 16, 2016.
- "Paladin Multi-Media Group to acquire Santa Clarita Valley Signal". Santa Clarita, California. December 15, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
- Schaff, Jason (June 2018). "The Signal sold to former publisher". The Santa Clarita Valley Signal. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
- Aushenker, Michael (June 8, 2018). "Santa Clarita Valley Signal Sold to Former Publisher". San Fernando Valley Business Journal. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
- Darrach, Amanda (October 9, 2018). "Both Sides Now: When a California town's newspaper gets troubling new owners, critics start their own". Columbia Journalism Review (CJR). Retrieved October 9, 2018.