Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Regional newspaper consolidation

SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle/Marissa Lang, 3/1/16. "Oakland loses Tribune, with paper folding into new East Bay Times."

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"No longer will a daily newspaper bear the name of Oakland or San Jose due to a mass consolidation by Bay Area News Group, which on Tuesday also announced plans to cut roughly 20 percent of the company’s newsroom staff. Half a dozen Bay Area newspapers will be folded into two daily publications meant to serve the East Bay and South Bay.

The last daily edition of the 150-year-old Oakland Tribune will be published April 4. On April 5, the East Bay will get its first look at the East Bay Times — a consolidation of the Contra Costa Times, the Oakland Tribune, the Daily Review in Hayward and the Argus, which serves Fremont. The company will also replace the and websites with a new East Bay focused site,

Every Friday, subscribers in Oakland, Hayward and Fremont will receive hyper-local news inserts bearing the mastheads of the Oakland Tribune, the Daily Review and the Argus, respectively. In the South Bay and on the Peninsula, the San Mateo County Times will join the San Jose Mercury News to become the Mercury News, also debuting on April 5.

....  It’s the company’s latest effort to streamline operations and cut costs at a time when newspapers across the country are struggling for survival. Roughly 20 percent of the news group’s 200 newsroom employees are expected to lose their jobs — some through voluntary buyouts, and others in layoffs." Read article.

Note photograph from Street Fight inside business of hyperlocal, article by Jason E. Klein, 1/7/14.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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