As posters pointed out Sam Zell is the NEW owner so there’s no story here. It’s a different paper. The Trib also owns the LA Times.
Zell has made a name by going where the money is. The CW owns the largest group of CW affiliates and Zell publicly made it known if the CW doesn’t produce, he’ll dump them. He already dumped the CW in San Diego for FOX.
Zell has ended news on TV stations where it isn’t profitable and has shown with WGN he goes with the bucks. He shuffled lead night anchor to afternoon news and replaced the guy with the “Flavour of the day” Mark Suppelsa.
So Zell strictly is where the money is. He is a venture capitalist, and he has to answer to his investors, not to the people of Chicago. And remember the Trib is now a privately traded company so it doesn’t have to answer to the SEC. The old Tribune was a public company