Oaktree urged Tribune Publishing to merge with Gannett: Barron’s

(Reuters) — Oaktree Capital Management urged newspaper publisher Tribune Publishing to negotiate a merger with Gannett Co Inc after it declined a purchase offer by Gannett, Barron’s reported, citing 13D filings from May 5-11.

Oaktree holds 14.8 percent of Tribune’s shares, making it the third-biggest shareholder.

Oaktree also stated that “in the event one or more other parties express an interest in acquiring [Tribune],” it should be open to discussions with the parties.

On May 9, Tribune said its board had adopted a shareholder rights plan, popularly known as a “poison pill,” in a bid to thwart Gannet’s unsolicited takeover offer.