Harpers prints devastating profile of Singleton

Singleton Dean Singleton is no longer running the MediaNews Group chain of 56 newspapers, such as the San Jose Mercury News, but he’s still publisher of the Denver Post and the company’s executive chairman. And, according to a profile in the September issue of Harper’s Magazine, he’s using his position in Colorado to push his political views. The Harpers story by Dave Sirota says the Denver Post has become so bastardized that it ran a profile of Singleton that called

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Bay Area MNG papers, Santa Rosa Press Democrat buyer have a common shareholder

One of the owners of the MediaNews Group’s papers in the Bay Area, billionaire Warren Stephens, is also a partner in the group that has acquired the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and 15 other newspapers owned by The New York Times Co. Stephens Media Group owns 26.28% of the MediaNews Group papers in the Bay Area, such as the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and Marin Independent Journal. Gannett holds a 19.49% stake and MediaNews is the majority

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New MediaNews leader declares print is dead

The new leader of MediaNews Group, John Paton, declared in San Francisco on Monday that the print business model of newspapers is “irretrievably” broken. This report in MNG’s Mercury News says the company is embracing the new age of news gathering by relying more on user-generated content. He also said that the company will become more active as a venture capitalist by acquiring tech companies. The story says that Digital First, the company that controls MNG and the Journal Register

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More layoffs may be coming to MNG

Ouch! After a painful round of layoffs at the MediaNews Group papers in the Bay Area, more be on the way. At least that’s one way to read a New York Times profile of CEO John Paton. He came from the Journal Register Company, which has papers in Ohio, New Jersey and other states in that part of the country. His strategy is “outsourcing most operations other than sales and editorial, focusing on the cost side that might include further

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MNG revising Bay Area consolidation plan

Paton John Paton, the new CEO of MediaNews Group, has asked executives at the company’s Bay Area newspapers take another look at their consolidation plan, which were announced in August before he came on board, the Chronicle reported this morning. The plan calls for consolidating 11 local newspapers into two regional newspapers, “The Tribune,” which would include the Oakland Tribune, and “The Times,” which would include the Contra Costa Times. The changes, which would include dropping the San Mateo County

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John Paton replaces Singleton as MNG’s CEO

John Paton John Paton, a career newspaper executive who currently heads the Journal Register Co., was named today chief executive of MediaNews Group, replacing Dean Singleton, who will become chairman. Paton will head both MNG — owner of 51 dailies including the Mercury News, Denver Post and St. Paul Pioneer Press — and Journal Register Co. (JRC), a chain of 18 newspapers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. His Digital First Media Inc. will manage both

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Judge rules against copyright enforcement firm

Righthaven, the firm MediaNews Group uses to sue bloggers and websites for posting newspaper content without permission, suffered a serious setback today in federal court in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Sun and Wired.com. Chief U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt ruled that Righthaven misled the court and doesn’t have standing to sue on behalf of newspapers who claim their copyrights were infringed. Hunt threatened to impose sanctions against Righthaven. Here’s how Righthaven enforces copyrights. When a publisher feels

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Singleton gets 3 more years on AP board

Singleton Dean Singleton, who is stepping down as CEO of MediaNews Group, has nonetheless been re-elected to the Associated Press Board of Directors for a three-year term. He’s currently chairman of the news cooperative’s board and there’s no indication that his status will change. Word of his re-election was carried in the last paragraph of an AP story about new additions to the AP board. MediaNews, owner of several Bay Area daily newspapers including the Mercury News, announced in January

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