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NYT's Bay Area section starts tomorrow

The New York Times, which has a daily circulation of 49,000 in the Bay Area (65,000 on Sundays), will launch its Bay Area section tomorrow (Oct. 16), with coverage of “Arts & culture, style & dining, politics & public affairs, San Francisco & Silicon Valley,” according to an e-mail to subscribers. The section will appear Fridays and Sundays.

Columnists in the new section include Daniel Weintraub, a longtime Sacramento Bee political columnist, and Scott James, a novelist and founder of the the SoMa Literary Review in San Francisco.

The Times’ “Media Decoder” blog reported this morning:

The consortium is being organized by Wells Fargo heir F. Warren Hellman, who has promised to donate $5 million and said he may ask the city of San Francisco to help fund the journalism effort.

The Times is looking to add local pages in other markets, the next being Chicago, according to a Sept. 4 Times story.

The Wall Street Journal, which has toppled USA Today as the nation’s No. 1 circulation daily, is planning a San Francisco edition that will probably launch in November or December, but it looks as if the Times will be first.

The Times’ e-mail told subscribers they can meet two of the paper’s editors (they didn’t identify them) at a special Times-sponsored panel discussion following the screening of “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” at the Mill Valley Film Festival on Oct. 17-18.

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