Richard Scudder , chairman (1985-2009)
William Dean Singleton , vice chair, CEO
Jody Lodovic, president
Steven Rossi, COO
MEDIANEWS GROUP, based in
Denver, Colorado , was one of the largest
newspaper companies in the United States. It operated 56 daily
newspapers in 12 states, with combined daily and Sunday circulation of
approximately 2.4 million and 2.7 million, respectively. The company
KTVA , a
CBS affiliate in
Anchorage, Alaska , from March 2000 to
October 2012, and radio stations in
Texas . The company was founded by
William Dean Singleton who served as CEO, and
Richard Scudder who
served as chairman.
MediaNews Group and
21st Century Media merged into Digital
First Media .
* 1 History
New England newspapers
* 2 Corporate culture
* 3 Antitrust allegations
* 4.1 Dailies
* 4.2 Weekly newspapers
* 5 Other properties
* 6 Former properties
* 7 References
* 8 External links
MediaNews Group was founded by
Richard Scudder and William Dean
Singleton in 1983. Singleton was a pioneer in
"clustering"—developing groups of newspapers that centralized a
variety of functions, including production, ad sales, business
operations and, in some cases, editorial. An example of this was the
Newspaper Group in suburban
San Francisco , where in the
mid-1990s, a central newsroom in Pleasanton, California, did all the
copy editing, layout and page makeup for five daily papers. Upon
acquiring the diverse group of papers, Singleton consolidated several
news sections (such as sports and features) to one local office away
from the metropolitan area, having a few reporters do the job of what
had been many individuals. This subsequently gutted each newsroom,
leaving far less local news than before.
He was also a pioneer at developing pooled-asset partnerships. Among
the first were papers in California, which included papers from
Gannett Co. Inc. , Stephens Media Group and MediaNews. Singleton's
Los Angeles Daily News and the ANG operation, as
well as other papers, while Stephens contributed papers such as the
Vallejo Times Herald and the
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of Ontario.
A year after forming the partnership, the duo allowed Gannett to
enter, with its contributions including the San Bernardino Sun and the
Marin Independent Journal.
MediaNews has entered into similar partnerships in
Pennsylvania with Gannett and in Colorado with The E.W. Scripps
In August 2006, the company took out around $350 million in loans to
purchase four newspapers from
McClatchy Company . Among those
providing the loan was the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation . The
loan was mostly used to help pay for the acquisition of two
San Francisco Bay Area newspapers (and some smaller
papers), including the
San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa
Times , the dominant papers in the San Jose and Contra Costa County,
California markets; in total, the purchases amounted to roughly $737
Hearst Corporation owns 31% of MediaNews publications outside the San
Francisco Bay area. Form 10-Q
MediaNews Group acquired the
York Daily Record , a 45,000
circulation morning paper in
York, Pennsylvania .
On January 16, 2010, the
Associated Press reported that Affiliated
Media, parent of MediaNews will file
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Under the plan, company debt would fall to $165 million from about
$930 million. Senior lenders would swap debt for stock. It came out of
bankruptcy in March 2010 under the majority ownership of its lenders.
The MediaNews creditors then removed Media News president Joseph
Lodovic and its chairman,
William Dean Singleton , was reassigned to
the position of “executive chairman of the board." The
Singleton-Lodovic appointees to the MediaNews board were replaced by
new directors representing the stockholders group led by Alden Global
Capital, a hedge fund firm which has acquired a large, though not
controlling, stake. Several interim executive positions were also
filled by people related to Alden or its parent, Smith Management LLC.
MediaNews became managed by Journal Register 's
Digital First Media .
NEW ENGLAND NEWSPAPERS
In 1995 MediaNews made its first foray into
New England , purchasing
Berkshire Eagle and associated newspapers, including the Vermont
Brattleboro Reformer and
Bennington Banner and Connecticut
daily Middletown Press , the last of which it sold soon after to
Journal Register Company .
In the next two years, MediaNews expanded its footprint across
Massachusetts' northern tier with its purchases of the North Adams
Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg (1997) and The
Sun of Lowell (also in 1997). MediaNews also purchased the
Connecticut Post in 2000, paying $203 million.
In 2007, MediaNews expanded in Connecticut, operating the Stamford
Advocate and the Greenwich Time, two dailies in lower Fairfield County
with a combined circulation of about 35,000. The Hearst Corporation
purchased the two papers from the Tribune Company, and MediaNews
operated them through an existing agreement between the two companies
until August 2008, when Hearst bought out MediaNews' interest in the
New England papers are owned by
New England Newspapers
Incorporated, a solely owned subsidiary of MediaNews Group. The
subsidiary president is Andrew H. Mick.
MediaNews Group is known as a cost-cutter in the newspaper publishing
industry. The company has a reputation for buying smaller daily
newspapers in a single area (examples include Los Angeles and the San
Francisco Bay Area) and consolidating their operations, including
sharing staff writers and printing facilities. As a result of the
cost-cutting, according to an article in the
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times , some
former employees say that the newspapers are focused on making a
profit to the detriment of good journalism.
On the other hand, Singleton is quick to point out that MediaNews is
committed to print journalism, not diversification into other media.
Berkshire Eagle editor David E. Scribner, two years after
MediaNews bought his newspaper, said the staff respected Singleton
despite layoffs because of his hands-on leadership and "traditional
emphasis on good writing."
On July 14, 2006,
San Francisco businessman and real estate investor
Clint Reilly filed a lawsuit against
MediaNews Group and San Francisco
Hearst Corporation , alleging that the two companies
have been conspiring to control advertising rates, a violation of
antitrust laws. In November 2006, Reilly's attorney presented to U.S.
Susan Illston a letter from Hearst senior vice
president James Asher to MediaNews President Jody Lodovic that said
the two companies agreed to "offer national advertising and internet
advertising sales for their
San Francisco Bay Area newspapers on a
joint basis, and to consolidate the
San Francisco Bay Area
distribution networks of such newspapers ...." Illston, suggesting she
had been misled by the companies when they said they had not been
collaborating, issued a 14-page ruling forbidding Hearst and
MediaNews from working together on national advertising sales or
On December 21, 2006, the
San Francisco Bay Guardian and nonprofit
Media Alliance filed suit to make the details of Reilly's
lawsuit—and MediaNews and the Chronicle's response—public. As a
result of the filing, many documents in the case were voluntarily
disclosed by the defendants. The judge allowed redacted versions of
two more documents to be released. She kept 17 others under seal. One
of the documents unsealed was the deposition of Hearst's Asher, who
says that as of September 2006, his company had recorded cumulative
losses of $330 million on its investment in the Chronicle, which it
acquired in mid-2000. He said Hearst proposed selling the Chronicle to
MediaNews, but MediaNews didn't offer enough money. Asher also said
Hearst and MediaNews have discussed working together for years.
Although the trial was scheduled to start Monday, April 30, 2007 in
U.S. District Court in San Francisco, the parties announced
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 that a settlement had been reached.
Daily newspapers owned by MediaNews, alphabetically by state and
Kodiak Daily Mirror of
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner of
Alameda Times-Star of
* The Argus of
Chico Enterprise Record of
Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times of
Walnut Creek, California
* Ft. Bragg Advocate-News of
Fort Bragg, California
Daily Review of
* Lake County Record Bee of
Long Beach Press-Telegram of
Long Beach, California
Milpitas Post of
Monterey County Herald of
The Oakland Tribune of
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of
Rancho Cucamonga, California
Oroville Mercury Register of
Pacifica Tribune of
* The Daily News of
Palo Alto, California
Paradise Post of
Pasadena Star-News of
Tri-Valley Herald of
Red Bluff Daily News of
Red Bluff, California
Redlands Daily Facts of
* The Sun of
San Bernardino, California
San Bernardino, California
San Jose Mercury News of
San Jose, California
San Mateo County Times of
San Mateo, California
San Mateo, California
Marin Independent Journal of
San Rafael, California
Santa Cruz Sentinel of
Santa Cruz, California
The Daily Breeze of
* Ukiah Daily Journal of
* The Reporter of
* Times-Herald of
San Gabriel Valley Tribune of
Whittier Daily News of
* Willits News of
Daily Democrat of
Los Angeles Daily News of
Woodland Hills, California
Daily Camera of
Brush News-Tribune of
Denver Post of
Fort Morgan Times of
Fort Morgan, Colorado
* Lamar Daily News of
* Journal Advocate of
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* ^ http://www.medianewsgroup.com/about/
MediaNews Group About Page
MediaNews Group and
21st Century Media Transaction Has Been
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MediaNews Group, Dies at 99".
New York Times
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* ^ "ALAMEDA: FIVE NEWSPAPERS PAGINATE 2300 PAGES PER WEEK". The
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* ^ ""Gates Foundation Makes MediaNews Loan", Toronto Star. August
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* ^ Journal Register’s
Digital First Media will manage MediaNews
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Sentinel & Enterprise Sale Set," Telegram
& Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), January 8, 1997.
* ^ "Business Briefs," Union-News (Springfield, Mass.), August 26,
* ^ "Lowell Paper Sold," Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.),
July 9, 1997.
* ^ Gatlin, Greg. "MediaNews Drops Bid." Boston Herald, August 9,
* ^ Menn, Joseph. "There Are Two Sides to This Publisher\'s Story".
Los Angeles Times. March 22, 2006.
* ^ U.S. District Court Order Re: Second Application for Temporary
Restraining Order, November 28, 2006.
* ^ Williamson, Kate. "Weekly, Nonprofit Sue to Open Records". San
Francisco Examiner, December 22, 2006.
* ^ Said, Carolyn. "Hearst, MediaNews Talks Included Possible Sale
San Francisco Chronicle, February 1, 2007.
* ^ "MediaNews, Hearst Trial Set to Proceed", San Francisco
Examiner. February 9, 2007.
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