Dave Butler, who has responsibility over editorial operations at all of the Bay Area News Group’s publications, says in a memo (via Poynter) to Contra Costa Times staffers that he wants to cut 10-12 newsroom jobs. He says that digital revenue is rising, but print is declining, and the result is that the company needs to cut costs. Copy editors will feel the brunt of the cuts. Instead of two or three editors handling a story, one editor will review
Big changes at MediaNews Group’s newspapers in the Bay Area. Their newsrooms will be consolidated under one management structure, as described in the memo below from Publisher Mac Tully. As part of the changes, Contra Costa Times editor Kevin Keane and managing editor Pete Wevurski are gone, and Burt Robinson managing editor-print, and will supervise the operation from his office in San Jose. From: Tully, Mac Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:15 AM To: &SSC ALL; &EB All; &MN All
At least 11 newspapers owned by MediaNews Group ran rare front page editorials Sunday blaming the governor and state legislators for the ongoing impasse over the state budget. The AP quotes Dave Butler, Mercury News editor and MNG vp of news, as saying he thought the front page placement was needed to underscore the issue’s importance. He said each newspaper’s editor made an independent decision about whether to run the editorial out front.
Dean Singleton, MediaNews chief executive, tells The New York Times that in the long run, California — particularly the Bay Area — is the place to be. “I have no doubt that The Mercury News’s revenue base will perform better when things turn around than almost any newspaper in the country … California has always been bigger than life, in the upturns and the downturns … This thing will turn around.” The Times described the Merc this way: The Mercury
The Mercury News said today it has cut 50 jobs — 16 through voluntary buyouts and 34 through layoffs. The cuts represent 5 percent of the paper’s staff. It was the third round of layoffs since MediaNews Group acquired the paper in August 2006. Yesterday, the Bay Area News Group-East Bay, which includes the Contra Costa Times and other MediaNews papers in the region, said it was able to avoid layoffs by giving buyouts to 107 of its employees. At
Speculation continues to swirl around the sudden resignation of Mercury News editor Carole Leigh Hutton. E&P says that she left a few weeks after she proposed to MediaNews chief executive Dean Singleton reducing the Merc to a three section paper, with all news in the first section, business and technology in the second section, and sports and entertainment in the third. E&P suggests the idea wasn’t well received by either Singleton or his editorial vice president, David Butler, who has
MediaNews today appointed one of its executives, David Butler (left), as executive editor of the Mercury News, replacing Carole Leigh Hutton (right), who has held the job for seven months. Butler, vice president for news for MediaNews in Denver, will take over in San Jose immediately. The Merc did not say why Hutton was stepping down. In an e-mail to the Merc staff, Hutton said she left with “jumbled emotions” but plans to remain in the Silicon Valley. “I look
Denver-based MediaNews Group, which owns most of the Bay Area’s dailies including the Mercury News, has created a new top level position — vice president of news — and appointed the editor and publisher of its Detroit News to that new position. David Butler (pictured) will oversee the content of the group’s newspapers and Web sites. “Our new partnership with Yahoo will provide us the platform to appropriately begin monetizing news content online, and Dave will spearhead our effort to