Blood On The Newsroom Floor: MediaNews Merger

21 Dec

From Eats Shoots ‘n Leaves, Sept. 7, 2011:

MediaNews Group, the company that produces the largest share of California’s newspapers, is merging managerial functions with the Journal Register Co., with the new operation headed by Journal Register boss John Paton.

Paton, who is one of the newspaper world’s leading advocates of a transition to the digital realm, becomes the boss of most San Francisco Bay Area newspapers, now published by MediaNews’ Bay Area News Group, BANG [previously] — which had just announced a major consolidation of publications, transforming eight newspapers into three.

A hint of just what changes may lie ahead for California’s MediaNews papers may lie in this excerpt from a GigaOM post by Mathew Ingram:

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