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Tribune Publishing Announces New Board Member, Extends Cooperation Agreement with Alden Global Capital LLC

CHICAGO, July 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tribune Publishing Company (TPCO) today announced that it has extended its cooperation agreement with Alden Global Capital LLC (“Alden”) and has appointed Randall D. Smith of Alden to the Board of Directors, effective immediately. The Board size has been increased from six to seven members.

In addition, the cooperation agreement contains standstill and voting commitments surviving until the conclusion of the Company’s 2021 Annual Meeting, subject to certain exceptions.

“We are pleased to extend our cooperation agreement with our largest stockholder and to welcome Randy to the Board,” said Philip G. Franklin, Chairman of the Board. “Tribune Publishing will continue to focus on our long-term strategy to drive digital growth and invest in high-quality content while reducing legacy costs related to our real estate footprint, printing and distribution operations, and certain corporate functions.”

Alden said, “We are pleased to continue our collaboration with Tribune that pursues our shared goal of ensuring the sustainability of Tribune’s local newspapers well into the future.”

The complete agreement between Tribune Publishing and Alden will be included in a Form 8-K to be filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Tribune Publishing Company
Tribune Publishing Company (TPCO) is a media company rooted in award-winning journalism. Headquartered in Chicago, Tribune Publishing operates local media businesses in eight markets with titles including the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, The Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida's Sun Sentinel, Virginia’s Daily Press and The Virginian-Pilot, The Morning Call of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and the Hartford Courant. In addition to award-winning local media businesses, Tribune Publishing operates Tribune Content Agency and is the majority owner of the product review website BestReviews. Our vision is to engage, inspire and empower our communities every day.

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Investor Relations Contact:
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Tribune Publishing Investor Relations

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Tribune Publishing Media Relations