Freedom names interim CEO

IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications,
Inc., parent company of the Quay County Sun, on Wednesday named independent director and media veteran Burl Osborne as
its Interim CEO. He replaces Scott Flanders who resigned to take the CEO
post at Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

Osborne has served on Freedom’s Board of Directors since May 2004.

He was executive editor and then publisher of the Dallas Morning
News from 1980 to 2001 and has been credited with building it into one
of the top papers in the country. He also held a number of positions,
including president of the publishing division, with the Belo
Corporation, which is the parent company of the Morning News.

Osborne was chairman of the board of The Associated Press from
2002 to 2007. He also has served as chairman of the Southern Newspaper
Publishers Association and as a director of the Newspaper Association
of America.

“We all know these are challenging times for everyone in the media
industry, but what is exceptional about Freedom is the strength and
consistency of its commitment to its stakeholders and the communities
it serves,” Osborne said. “Everyone here is dedicated to
transforming our business to meet our challenges, and I look forward to
leading the company, in collaboration with the management team, to that
goal.”

Flanders will continue as Freedom’s CEO through June and will
work closely with Osborne to effect a smooth transition. “During my
time with Freedom, I saw a very committed group of people rise to the
task of remaking the company,” said Flanders. “Burl is the right
person to lead the next phase of the company’s evolution because he
understands both the strengths of the media that must be preserved and
what needs to be changed to compete in this new media environment.”

“Burl is an exceptional leader who combines outstanding business
acumen with depth of experience in the newspaper industry,” said Thomas
Bassett, great-grandson of Freedom’s founder R.C. Hoiles and Chairman
of Freedom’s Board of Directors. “Respected for his integrity and
dedication, Burl has already served Freedom’s Board in many key
positions over the last five years, and I am confident that he will be
an outstanding CEO. I look forward to working with him in his new
role.”