Dave Rice 11:30 a.m., Aug. 21
Eleven Bay Area Papers Will Combine into Two
In what may be a precursor of a Southern California newspaper amalgamation, MediaNews Group announced this week that it is combining its eleven Bay Area papers into two. The Denver-based company expects to reduce its Bay Area staff by 1,500, or 8 percent. The Oakland Tribune will be folded into the East Bay Tribune along with other papers such as the Alameda Times-Star. The Contra Costa Times will be blended in with papers such as the San Ramon Valley Times. In a separate move, the San Mateo Times will become part of the San Jose Mercury News.
MediaNews also owns the L.A. Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram and other Southern California papers. I speculated in a column Aug. 3 that the MediaNews papers, along with the Union-Tribune, Orange County Register and possibly the L.A Times, could be consolidated under one tent, although possibly not under one owner. There could be a loose affiliation of the papers, too.