Chron president Adkins transferred to Beaumont

The SF Weekly reports that Mark Adkins, who has been the Chronicle’s president since 2008, has been transferred to a less prestigious Hearst paper in Beaumont, Texas. The SFWeekly’s Erin Sherbert writes, “The company put out a small blurb, congratulating Adkins on a “promotion” that would be very hard to sell as even a lateral move. On top of the fact that the Beaumont Enterprise has a weekly circulation not quite a quarter of the Chron’s, Beaumont makes Bakersfield look

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Leadership change at Chronicle, Vega retires

Johnson and Bradford Frank Vega, 64, is retiring as president and publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle and two top executives have been appointed to head the Hearst-owned newspaper. Joanne K. Bradford, 49, formerly chief revenue and marketing officer for Demand Media, is the Chronicle’s new president, and the new publisher is Jeffrey M. Johnson, 53, previously operating partner at The Yucaipa Companies focusing on media investments. Before that, he was president, publisher and chief executive officer of the Los

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Chron caught up in fake byline controversy

The Chronicle has admitted that it has been publishing stories under fake bylines that were provided by a firm it had hired to produce stories for its real estate and SFiS sections. The practice of using fake bylines was first revealed by Public Radio’s “This American Life.” “The articles, which covered real estate transactions, were an amalgamation of work by researchers in the Philippines, editors in the United States and information culled from public records through automatic filters,” the Chronicle said

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Bronstein leaving Hearst, Chronicle

Bronstein After three decades with Hearst and 17 years as its editor in chief in San Francisco, Phil Bronstein is resigning to take on a larger role at the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) in Berkeley, where he is currently chairman of the board. “I think after 31 years you ought to do something different,” Bronstein told SF Weekly. “It’s been an extraordinary run, and I saw the article the [SFGate] did about it — it just barely captured how

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Major publishers talking about online fees

The LA Times says News Corp., headed by Rupert Murdoch, is talking to major media companies including Chron owner Hearst Corp. about forming a consortium that would charge readers for online news. Other companies mentioned in the LA Times piece include the New York Times, Washington Post and Tribune Co. No mention of MediaNews Group, though its chief executive, Dean Singleton, is headed down the same track of charging online readers for news. The article notes, “Analysts are skeptical that

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Bronstein leading secret Hearst project

Joe Strupp of Editor & Publisher reports that former Chron editor Phil Bronstein is leading an investigative reporting project that will draw upon the resources of Hearst’s newspapers and TV stations. Bronstein is targeting an unidentified health issue. The project will appear July 26, the day before the Chron’s newsstand price goes from 75 cents to $1.

Hearst takes TV stations private

Chronicle owner Hearst Corp. is taking its 29 TV stations private. The stations include Sacramento NBC affiliate KCRA Channel 3. The company announced it has bought 96 percent of the stock of Hearst-Argyle Inc., which owned the 29 stations. Hearst already owned 67 percent of Hearst-Argyle and offered the remaining shareholders $4.50 per share, and they agreed to take the offer. Two years earlier, Hearst offered $23.50 per share, but that proposal was rejected by shareholders who wanted more. In

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Report: Chron facing October deadline

The San Francisco Business Times reports that the new president of the Chronicle, Mark Adkins (he reports to Frank Vega), told staffers that if the paper isn’t making money by October, Hearst will shut it down. The Business Times attributes its information to “insiders.” If true, that’s several months earlier than previously stated by Hearst. But Chron management told the Times that there was no validity to that date. The Biz Times also says that the Chron is re-thinking its

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About 50 Chron employees take buyouts

The SF Weekly quotes Chron reporter and union leader Carl Hall as saying that perhaps 50 union employees at the paper have agreed to accept a buyout. Most are from the editorial side. The buyout offer will last until Tuesday, the last day of the month. Layoffs are expected to start in mid-April if the goal of eliminating 150 jobs in news and advertising isn’t reached through voluntary terminations. The paper is currently negotiating with the Teamsters to eliminate delivery

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Chuck Finnie: Chron angling for a monopoly

Chuck Finnie (right), former city editor at the Chron, says in an opinion piece in the SF Appeal that: The company that brought us the last Washington-sanctioned newspaper monopoly in San Francisco — the Joint Operating Agreement between the then- Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner and the then- family-owned San Francisco Chronicle that ran for 35 years until 2000 — wants another break on antitrust enforcement allowing for another anti-competitive arrangement. This time, Hearst, now owner of The Chronicle, hooks up

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