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Richard Scudder, chairman (1985-2009) William Dean Singleton, vice chair, CEO Jody Lodovic, president Steven Rossi, COO

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Website www.medianewsgroup.com

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.[2][3] The company owned 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. In 2013, MediaNews Group
MediaNews Group
and 21st Century Media
21st Century Media
merged into Digital First Media.[4]


1 History

1.1 New England
New England

2 Corporate culture 3 Antitrust allegations 4 Newspapers

4.1 Dailies 4.2 Weekly newspapers

5 Other properties 6 Former properties 7 References 8 External links

History[edit] MediaNews Group
MediaNews Group
was founded by Richard Scudder and William Dean Singleton in 1983.[5] 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 Alameda 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.[6] 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 company contributed 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 Texas
and Pennsylvania with Gannett and in Colorado with The E.W. Scripps Company. 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.[7] The loan was mostly used to help pay for the acquisition of two significant San Francisco Bay Area newspapers (and some smaller papers), including the San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News
and the Contra Costa Times, the dominant papers in the San Jose and Contra Costa County, California
Contra Costa County, California
markets; in total, the purchases amounted to roughly $737 million. Hearst Corporation
Hearst Corporation
owns 31% of MediaNews publications outside the San Francisco Bay area. Form 10-Q In 2004, MediaNews Group
MediaNews Group
acquired the York Daily Record, a 45,000 circulation morning paper in York, Pennsylvania. On January 16, 2010, the Associated Press
Associated Press
reported that Affiliated Media, parent of MediaNews will file Chapter 11
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.[8] 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.[9] MediaNews became managed by Journal Register's Digital First Media.[10] New England
New England
newspapers[edit] In 1995 MediaNews made its first foray into New England, purchasing the Berkshire Eagle and associated newspapers, including the Vermont dailies Brattleboro Reformer
Brattleboro Reformer
and Bennington Banner[11] and Connecticut daily Middletown Press, the last of which it sold soon after to Journal Register Company.[12] In the next two years, MediaNews expanded its footprint across Massachusetts' northern tier with its purchases of the North Adams Transcript (1996), Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg (1997)[11] and The Sun of Lowell (also in 1997).[13] MediaNews also purchased the Connecticut
Post in 2000, paying $203 million.[14] 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 Connecticut
papers. The New England
New England
papers are owned by New England
New England
Newspapers Incorporated, a solely owned subsidiary of MediaNews Group. The subsidiary president is Andrew H. Mick. Corporate culture[edit] MediaNews Group
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,[15] 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. The 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."[11] Antitrust allegations[edit] On July 14, 2006, San Francisco
San Francisco
businessman and real estate investor Clint Reilly filed a lawsuit against MediaNews Group
MediaNews Group
and San Francisco Chronicle parent 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. District Judge Susan Illston
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
San Francisco
Bay Area newspapers on a joint basis, and to consolidate the San Francisco
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[16] forbidding Hearst and MediaNews from working together on national advertising sales or distribution. On December 21, 2006, the San Francisco
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.[17] 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,[18] 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,[19] the parties announced Wednesday, April 25, 2007 that a settlement had been reached.[20] Newspapers[edit] Dailies[edit] Daily newspapers owned by MediaNews, alphabetically by state and hometown, include:[21]

Kodiak Daily Mirror of Kodiak, Alaska Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
of Fairbanks, Alaska Alameda Times-Star of Alameda, California The Argus of Fremont, California Chico Enterprise Record of Chico, California Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times
of Walnut Creek, California Times-Standard of Eureka, California Ft. Bragg Advocate-News of Fort Bragg, California Daily Review of Hayward, California Lake County Record Bee of Lakeport, California Long Beach Press-Telegram of Long Beach, California Milpitas Post of Milpitas, California Monterey County Herald
Monterey County Herald
of Monterey, California The Oakland Tribune
The Oakland Tribune
of Oakland, California Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of Rancho Cucamonga, California Oroville Mercury Register of Oroville, California Pacifica Tribune of Pacifica, California The Daily News of Palo Alto, California Paradise Post of Paradise, California Pasadena Star-News
Pasadena Star-News
of Pasadena, California Tri-Valley Herald of Pleasanton, California Red Bluff Daily News of Red Bluff, California Redlands Daily Facts of Redlands, California The Sun of San Bernardino, California San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News
of San Jose, California San Mateo County Times of San Mateo, California Marin Independent Journal of San Rafael, California Santa Cruz Sentinel of Santa Cruz, California The Daily Breeze of Torrance, California Ukiah Daily Journal of Ukiah, California The Reporter of Vacaville, California Times-Herald of Vallejo, California San Gabriel Valley Tribune of Monrovia, California Whittier Daily News of Whittier, California

Willits News of Willits, California Daily Democrat of Woodland, California Los Angeles Daily News of Woodland Hills, California Daily Camera of Boulder, Colorado Brush News-Tribune of Brush, Colorado Denver Post
Denver Post
of Denver, Colorado Fort Morgan Times of Fort Morgan, Colorado Lamar Daily News of Lamar, Colorado Journal Advocate of Sterling, Colorado Sentinel & Enterprise of Fitchburg, Massachusetts The Sun of Lowell, Massachusetts North Adams Transcript of North Adams, Massachusetts The Detroit News
The Detroit News
of Detroit, Michigan St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press
of St. Paul, Minnesota The Nashua Broadcaster of Nashua, New Hampshire Alamogordo Daily News of Alamogordo, New Mexico Current Argus of Carlsbad, New Mexico Deming Headlight of Deming, New Mexico Farmington Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico Las Cruces Sun-News of Las Cruces, New Mexico Silver City Sun-News of Silver City, New Mexico Public Opinion of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania Evening Sun of Hanover, Pennsylvania Lebanon Daily News of Lebanon, Pennsylvania York Daily Record (and Sunday News) of York, Pennsylvania The Graham Leader of Graham, Texas Park Record of Park City, Utah The Salt Lake Tribune
The Salt Lake Tribune
of Salt Lake City, Utah Bennington Banner
Bennington Banner
of Bennington, Vermont Brattleboro Reformer
Brattleboro Reformer
of Brattleboro, Vermont Charleston Daily Mail of Charleston, West Virginia


Weekly newspapers[edit] Some of the weeklies owned by the company:[22]

Brooks Community Newspapers, publishing six weekly newspapers in Connecticut Gazette Newspapers, two weekly newspapers in Long Beach, California The Greater New Milford Spectrum in New Milford, Connecticut Impacto USA, a Spanish-language newspaper in Long Beach, California Lake Country Newspapers, several weeklies in Texas Mendocino Beacon of Mendocino, California Nashoba Publishing, several weekly newspapers in northern Massachusetts Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, nine weeklies near San Jose, California Texas- New Mexico
New Mexico
Partnership, including two weeklies in New Mexico The Beach Reporter of Hermosa Beach, California

Other properties[edit] Other MediaNews properties include:

LA.com, a portal site based in Los Angeles, California U-Entertainment of Los Angeles, California Woman Magazine of Norwalk, Connecticut

Former properties[edit]

Charleston Daily Mail, a former newspaper in Charleston, West Virginia KTVA
television ( CBS
Affiliate) in Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska
(March 2000-December 2012) Now owned by General Communication. Lake Country Radio stations (now owned by High Plains Radio Network, LLC):

KWKQ -- Graham, Texas KSWA
-- Graham, Texas KLXK -- Breckenridge, Texas KROO -- Breckenridge, Texas


^ " Denver Post
Denver Post
Building". CrediFi. Retrieved 19 September 2016.  ^ http://www.medianewsgroup.com/about/ Blurb from the corporate website ^ http://www.medianewsgroup.com/about/ MediaNews Group
MediaNews Group
About Page ^ MediaNews Group
MediaNews Group
and 21st Century Media
21st Century Media
Transaction Has Been Finalized ^ Hevesi, Dennis (2012-11-15). "Richard B. Scudder, Co-Founder of MediaNews Group, Dies at 99". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-08-10.  ^ "ALAMEDA: FIVE NEWSPAPERS PAGINATE 2300 PAGES PER WEEK". The Cole Papers. Feb 6, 1994. Retrieved April 1, 2013.  ^ ""Gates Foundation Makes MediaNews Loan", Toronto Star. August 22, 2006. ^ McCarty, Dawn; Bensinger, Greg (2010-01-22). "Affiliated Media Files for Bankruptcy to Restructure (Update2)". Business Week. Bloomberg. Retrieved 2011-02-22.  ^ Langeveld, Martin (2011-01-20). "The shakeup at MediaNews: Why it could be the leadup to a massive newspaper consolidation". Nieman Journalism Lab. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism (Harvard University). Retrieved 2011-02-22.  ^ Journal Register’s Digital First Media
Digital First Media
will manage MediaNews ^ a b c Elfland, Mike. "Sentinel & Enterprise Sale Set," Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), January 8, 1997. ^ "Business Briefs," Union-News (Springfield, Mass.), August 26, 1995 ^ "Lowell Paper Sold," Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), July 9, 1997. ^ Gatlin, Greg. "MediaNews Drops Bid." Boston Herald, August 9, 2000. ^ 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 of Chronicle", San Francisco
San Francisco
Chronicle, February 1, 2007. ^ "MediaNews, Hearst Trial Set to Proceed", San Francisco
San Francisco
Examiner. February 9, 2007. ^ Egelko, Bob (2007-04-25). "Hearst, MediaNews Group
MediaNews Group
settle Reilly suit". San Francisco
San Francisco
Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-05-30.  ^ MediaNews Group. "Daily newspapers". Our newspapers. Denver, Colorado. Retrieved 14 April 2012.  ^ MediaNews Group. "Non-daily newspapers". Our newspapers. Denver, Colorado. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 

External links[edit]

Official website Nieman Journalism Lab. "MediaNews Group". Encyclo: an encyclopedia of the future of news. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 

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MediaNews Group

Bay Area News Group1

East Bay Times Marin Independent Journal The Mercury News Milpitas Post The Reporter Santa Cruz Sentinel Vallejo Times Herald

Southern California News Group1

The Beach Reporter Daily Breeze Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Los Angeles Daily News Pasadena Star-News Press-Telegram Redlands Daily Facts The San Bernardino Sun San Gabriel Valley Tribune Whittier Daily News

MediaOne New England

Boston Herald Nashoba Publishing Sentinel & Enterprise The Sun

Northern California1

Chico Enterprise-Record Daily Democrat Daily News Lake County Record-Bee The Monterey County Herald Oroville Mercury-Register Times-Standard

Prairie Mountain Publishing

Akron News-Reporter Broomfield Enterprise Brush News-Tribune Burlington Record Cañon City Daily Record Colorado Daily Daily Camera Estes Park Trail-Gazette Fort Morgan Times Journal-Advocate Julesburg Advocate Lamar Ledger Longmont Times-Call Reporter-Herald

Other newspapers

The Denver Post The Detroit News St. Paul Pioneer Press

1Operated by California Newspapers
Partnership, a joint venture with Stephens Media; all or most newspapers in this group are owned by the partnership 2Owned by The Daily Gazette Company, operated by MediaNews

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21st Century Media

Daily newspapers

Daily Freeman Daily Local News Delaware County Daily Times The Macomb Daily The Mercury The Morning Journal The News-Herald The Oakland Press The Record The Saratogian The Trentonian

Weekly newspapers

Ypsilanti Courier

All properties

List of newspapers published by 21st Century Media

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Daily newspapers

The Orange County Register The Press-Enterprise

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