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East Bay papers consolidate, 120 jobs cut

Three familiar newspaper names — The San Mateo County Times, The Contra Costa Times and The Oakland Tribune — will soon become history.

Mac Tully, publisher of the MediaNews Group newspapers in the Bay Area, announced today that he’s consolidating his East Bay papers and putting them under the titles “East Bay Tribune” and “The Times.”

Starting Nov. 2, the San Mateo County Times will carry the Mercury News flag on page one, but will continue to report local news.

The Contra Costa Times, Valley Times, San Ramon Valley Times, Tri-Valley Herald and the East County Times will now be branded under the masthead “The Times.”

The Oakland Tribune, Alameda Times-Star, Daily Review, Argus and West County Times will be rebranded as the “East Bay Tribune.”

As part of this streamlining, the company will shut down its Walnut Creek offices, where it produced the Contra Costa Times, and consolidate its production operations to three existing plants located in Concord, Hayward and San Jose.

The move will result in 120 fewer jobs out of a workforce of 1,500. Whether those jobs will be cut by attrition or layoffs wasn’t immediately known.

“These are challenging times for the newspaper industry,” Tully said. “These adjustments, some of them very difficult position us to execute our strategic plan to maintain and grow our position as the leading multi-media company in the Bay Area.”

Tully said the newspapers’ various web sites including www.MercuryNews.com; www.ContraCostaTimes.com; www.SiliconValley.com; and www.InsideBayArea.com will not change.

According to Tully’s announcement, other changes include:

The last CoCo Times and Oakland Tribune will be published Nov. 1.

UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: The AP says the moves will help the company save money so it can invest in ways to bring in more revenue from the Internet and mobile devices.

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