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U.S. Local News Network has landed a big (and old school) partner for the launch of its third local news site, which will cover Orange County. The startup will announce Wednesday that it is jointly launching the site — the Orange County Local News Network — with the Los Angeles Times Media Group, which in addition to its flagship paper owns several weeklies in Orange County, including the Huntington Beach Independent and the Coastline Pilot. The companies will cross-sell ads and share content; U.S. Local News Network staffers will also work out of the Times’ office in Costa Mesa.
Financial terms of the partnership are not being disclosed, although U.S. Local News Network CEO Neil Senturia tells us that the Times will not own a stake in the site and will instead generate revenue from “advertising sales etcetera.” (He also says that his firm reached out to the Times knowing that the company wanted a stronger presence in Orange County).
The Orange County Local News Network will have four full-time reporters, along with 15 freelancers. It will launch next month and compete with the struggling Orange County Register.
The U.S. Local News Network — which has raised $3 million, including $1 million last month — plans to roll out 40 sites in cities across the U.S. over the next two years. Senturia says that he expects that his company will launch some of those sites with other media companies like it is doing in Orange County. U.S. Local News Networks’ two current sites — the San Diego News Network and the Southwest Riverside Network — were launched without partners.