For Singleton, it’s back to print journalism

A few years ago, MediaNews Group was pushing the Internet as the future of its company. It looks like chief executive Dean Singleton has had a change of heart. Morgan McGinley of the independently owned New London, Conn., paper The Day, quotes Singleton at a recent National Conference of Editorial Writers as saying: “Some say newspapers have no future. Others say that print newspapers have no future, but that a pot of gold is waiting at the end of the

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Singleton: Free online content has no value

Dean Singleton, head of MediaNews Group which owns the Mercury News and several other Bay Area dailies, told the National Conference of Editorial Writers on Thursday that his papers will start charging for news online beginning next year. “We can’t continue to give everything away for free,” Singleton told the group, which is meeting in Salt Lake City. “When you give it away for free, it has no value. When you begin charging for it, it has some value.” “I

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Singleton welcomes Pelosi’s action

Nancy Pelosi’s letter urging the Department of Justice to consider the consolidation of the Bay Area’s newspapers was welcomed by MediaNews Group chief executive Dean Singleton, whose company owns the Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and nine other Bay Area dailies. “For newspapers in some markets to survive, there will need to be some consolidations,” Singleton told the Merc’s Pete Carey, “and I think what Speaker Pelosi is saying is it’s time for the Justice Department to join the 21st

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Singleton: most MNG papers lean to Obama

MediaNews Group chief executive Dean Singelton says he doesn’t dictate political endorsements to his 54 daily newspapers. That might be because Singleton, a major Bush backer, has a silent partner, 95-year-old Richard Scudder, who calls Bush an “idiot” and favors Democrats. Whatever the reason, Singleton tells E&P that he expects many of his papers will endorse Barack Obama. Singleton says he’s undecided: “I am having trouble with this one.” He said he favored Hillary Clinton over Obama during the Democratic

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MediaNews looks to expand ties with Hearst

The Bay Area’s two biggest newspaper publishers, MediaNews and Hearst, are working on another deal together, MediaNews chief executive Dean Singlton (right) and President Jody Lodovic (left) said in a memo to their employees. The purpose of the 1,000-word memo was to give the company’s side to the “negative press” it had been receiving about its debt and falling credit ratings. But the MediaNews executives also addressed the resignation of Vic Ganzi, chief executive of Hearst, who stepped down after

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Par Ridder admits taking company data

Former St. Paul Pioneer Press publisher Par Ridder now admits he took confidential information from his old employer to his new job as publisher of the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. In videotaped testimony played today in a Minneapolis courtroom, the son of former Knight Ridder CEO and chairman Tony Ridder acknowledged copying confidential financial documents from his Pioneer Press computer onto a portable computer drive and taking them to the Star Tribune, according to the Associated Press. He also acknowledged

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Singleton becomes AP board chairman

Not only does Dean Singleton (pictured) control 11 paid dailies in the Bay Area but on Monday he took over as chairman of the board of The Associated Press for a five-year term, the AP announced. Singleton’s MediaNews Group didn’t buy the AP. AP is a cooperative that’s owned by its newspaper members. The board consists mostly of newspaper chain CEOs. Knight Ridder’s Tony Ridder of Woodside used to serve on the board. Singleton’s been on the board since 1999.

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Singleton wins Round 1 in fight with Ridder

It looks like Dean Singleton has won the first round in his battle with Tony Ridder’s son, Par (pictured), who quit as publisher of Singleton’s St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press to lead the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Singleton, CEO of MediaNews, claims Ridder took confidential data with him, and a judge yesterday (April 20) ordered the Star Tribune to allow Singleton’s people to examine its computers to see if they contained any of the disputed data. Singleton’s lawyers also convinced the

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Law enforcement enters Ridder case

MediaNews CEO Dean Singleton (right) says law enforcement agencies have begun their own probe of Tony Ridder’s son, Par Ridder (left), who is accused of stealing computer data when he quit as publisher of Singleton’s St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press to join the rival Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I think it’s fair to say that authorities are involved,” Singleton told the Twin City’s alt-weekly City Pages, “but that’s not my job. My job is to get all of the stolen data

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Singleton sues, lashes out at Ridder’s son

“In Par’s world, he could get away with anything because Daddy would always take care of him,” Dean Singleton said yesterday after filing a lawsuit against Par Ridder, who quit Singleton’s St. Paul Pioneer Press to become head of the rival Minneapolis Star Tribune. Singleton claims Ridder (pictured) took business data, customer lists and salary information when he quit. In fact, Singleton even says Ridder walked off with all copies of a non-compete agreement that prevented Ridder and two other

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