Par Ridder lands at Clear Channel

Par Ridder Par Ridder, who was removed from his job as publisher of the Minneapolis Star Tribune by a judge in a legal dispute with MediaNews Group, today was named branch president of Clear Channel Outdoor’s Chicago Office. Ridder, the son of former Knight Ridder CEO Tony Ridder of Woodside, was called a “proven manager and strategic thinker” in a CC news release. The release says that Ridder, 41, served as publisher of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, St Paul Pioneer

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Par Ridder’s defense cost $11.5 million

MinnPost, an online newspaper in Minnesota, took a close look at the documents released in the bankruptcy filing of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and found that the company spent $11.5 million defending former publisher Par Ridder from charges that he stole information from the rival St. Paul Pioneer Press, managed by Dean Singleton’s MediaNews. Par is the son of Woodside resident Tony Ridder, chairman of the now defunct Knight Ridder chain. Here’s a link.

Par Ridder quits, MediaNews gets $5 million

Par Ridder, the 39-year-old son of former Knight Ridder chairman Tony Ridder of Woodside, has resigned as publisher of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and that paper has agreed to pay at least $5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by MediaNews over his hiring. In March, the Star Tribune hired Ridder from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, which the Ridder family had run for several generations until it was sold in 2006 to MediaNews. Then MediaNews filed a lawsuit that

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Judge removes Par Ridder as publisher

A Minneapolis judge today removed Minneapolis Star Tribune publisher Par Ridder, son of former Knight Ridder Tony Ridder, from his job for one year after concluding that he took confidential financal data from his former employer, the rival St. Paul Pioneer Press. In his extraordinary ruling, the judge cited the 39-year-old Ridder’s “cavalier” behavior. He also ordered the Star Tribune to pay the Pioneer Press’s legal fees, estimated at $5 million. The Pioneer Press is owned by owned by Hearst

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Par Ridder admits taking company data

Former St. Paul Pioneer Press publisher Par Ridder now admits he took confidential information from his old employer to his new job as publisher of the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. In videotaped testimony played today in a Minneapolis courtroom, the son of former Knight Ridder CEO and chairman Tony Ridder acknowledged copying confidential financial documents from his Pioneer Press computer onto a portable computer drive and taking them to the Star Tribune, according to the Associated Press. He also acknowledged

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Singleton wins Round 1 in fight with Ridder

It looks like Dean Singleton has won the first round in his battle with Tony Ridder’s son, Par (pictured), who quit as publisher of Singleton’s St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press to lead the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Singleton, CEO of MediaNews, claims Ridder took confidential data with him, and a judge yesterday (April 20) ordered the Star Tribune to allow Singleton’s people to examine its computers to see if they contained any of the disputed data. Singleton’s lawyers also convinced the

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Law enforcement enters Ridder case

MediaNews CEO Dean Singleton (right) says law enforcement agencies have begun their own probe of Tony Ridder’s son, Par Ridder (left), who is accused of stealing computer data when he quit as publisher of Singleton’s St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press to join the rival Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I think it’s fair to say that authorities are involved,” Singleton told the Twin City’s alt-weekly City Pages, “but that’s not my job. My job is to get all of the stolen data

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Singleton sues, lashes out at Ridder’s son

“In Par’s world, he could get away with anything because Daddy would always take care of him,” Dean Singleton said yesterday after filing a lawsuit against Par Ridder, who quit Singleton’s St. Paul Pioneer Press to become head of the rival Minneapolis Star Tribune. Singleton claims Ridder (pictured) took business data, customer lists and salary information when he quit. In fact, Singleton even says Ridder walked off with all copies of a non-compete agreement that prevented Ridder and two other

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Singleton’s MediaNews accuses Ridder’s son

A story involving allegations of corporate theft is playing out in Minneapolis involving a number of newspaper executives with ties to the Bay Area. Dean Singleton’s MediaNews Group, the Bay Area’s largest newspaper operator, also operates the St. Paul Pioneer Press. This morning, the Pioneer Press printed a story accusing its former publisher, Par Ridder (pictured), of taking a laptop containing “sensitive and confidential” personnel data when he suddenly resigned March 5 and went to work for the competiting Minneapolis

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Ridder’s son Par quits Singleton’s paper

Par Ridder, son of former Knight Ridder chairman Tony Ridder, has abruptly resigned as publisher of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and has taken over as publisher of the rival Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Pioneer Press had been in Ridder’s family for decades until it was sold last year to McClatchy, which then sold it to Hearst and now is being managed for Hearst by Dean Singleton’s MediaNews Group. According to the Pioneer Press, Singleton personally went to St. Paul

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