Merc publisher moves on to Denver

Tully Mac Tully, president and publisher of the Mercury News and group vice president of the Bay Area News Group, has been named president and CEO of The Denver Post. Both the Merc and the Denver paper are owned by Digital First Media. Tully has also been named an executive vice president of Digital First Media responsible for operations in Colorado, Texas and New Mexico. Tully’s replacement hasn’t been announced. Since 2008, Tully has headed the Bay Area News Group,

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Oakland Tribune returns to downtown

The Oakland Tribune has moved back to downtown Oakland, where the action is, as publisher Mac Tully puts it. In 2007, the 138-year-old newspaper left the iconic Tribune Tower for an office building near I-880, across from the Coliseum. “It was a good location, but we weren’t near the action,” Tribune Publisher Mac Tully said. So now the Tribune has moved into a former Wachovia Bank branch at 1970 Broadway, across from Sears, in the city’s Uptown district. At the

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Kevin Keane, Pete Wevurski out at BANG

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 

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Merc publisher’s father, also a publisher, dies

The father of Mercury News publisher Mac Tully, former Arizona Republic publisher Darrow “Duke” Tully, has died from complications of a stroke in Tampa at age 78, according to the Republic’s website. From that website: [Darrow] Tully was publisher of The Republic and Gazette until December 1985, when he resigned after learning that his political enemies were investigating his war record.  Tom Collins, Maricopa County attorney at the time, planned to have a news conference to expose Tully, who claimed

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Management wishes Sentinel were back downtown

After MediaNews bought the Santa Cruz Sentinel in 2007, it moved the paper from its downtown building on Church Street to an office building in Scotts Valley (pictured here). At the time, locals (as well as many employees) thought the move was a bad idea. The paper had been downtown for 150 years. Well, the Sentinel reported Friday that its landlord has been foreclosed upon, and the 136,000-square-foot office complex that includes the 18,000-square-foot offices of the newspaper are scheduled

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Mercury News located on liquefaction zone

When the USGS released new seismic maps for the South Bay, reporters at the Mercury News discovered that their building at I-880 and Brokaw Road is in the most dangerous zone for liquefaction (when the ground loses cohesion and acts like liquid) during a 7.8 earthquake. Here’s the story. Last October, Publisher Mac Tully said the paper was looking to move its news and advertising offices to a smaller location. When asked by one of his reporters about the new

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Lowes opens on former Mercury News land

Lowes on Friday opened a 138,000-square-foot home improvement store and garden center on 18 acres of vacant land sold off by the Mercury News last year. “Unfortunately the newspaper business is not doing very well, but we hope that Lowes will do very well and maybe advertising in the newspaper will help the newspaper business out in that regard,” said Mayor Chuck Reed told KCBS Radio. Meanwhile, the Merc is considering moving its business and editorial offices to another location

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Newspaper publisher laid off to save money

“Since we’ve always been very lean, it made financial sense to eliminate my position. This will give the papers a cushion in difficult times.” And with that David Cohen (pictured) has stepped down as publisher of Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, a group of 11 weeklies in Santa Clara County that includes titles such as the Los Gatos Weekly Times, Cupertino Courier, The Campbell Recorder and Sunnyvale Sun. SVCN became an independent company on Dec. 17, 2001, when Cohen spun off

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Merc lowers expectations, hires efficiency expert

In the following memo sent to Merc employees, Publisher Mac Tully (pictured) warns of more budget cuts forced by lower revenues and notes that the paper has hired an efficiency expert. Tully’s memo went out as the paper began negotiations with the Guild on a new contract to replace the one that expired last month. More on that after Tully’s memo. Dear fellow employee: The economic news in our paper tells the story: We are obviously operating in a very

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MediaNews replaces John Armstrong

John Armstrong, publisher of the MediaNews Group papers in the East Bay including the Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune, has been replaced by a Mercury News circulation executive, David Rounds. Armstrong (pictured), 65, said that his bosses “concluded that I didn’t have the skill set that really was a good fit for the company as it moves forward,” according to a report in the Contra Costa Times. Armstrong is a 45-year veteran of the news business who came to

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