The McClatchy-owned Sacramento Bee at 3:52 p.m. (updated at 4:04 p.m.) on the sale of the four Knight Ridder newspapers to Dean Singleton’s MediaNews and points out that the transaction could be controversial — while Knight Ridder and McClatchy are known for producing quality newspapers, Singleton has a reputation of being a ruthless cost-cutter who has little regard for journalism. “We don’t know what to expect from him,” Merc reporter Becky Bartindale, president of the San Jose Newspaper Guild, to the SacBee. “Obviously, people here are concerned about what’s going to happen to them and by extension the paper.” Reporters have concerns “about media concentration in the Bay Area,” Bartindale said. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has said he would review the McClatchy auction to determine whether it violates competition for readers and advertisers.

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