Some big changes are coming to Bay Area newspapers. The Bay Area News Group says it is combining 11 newspapers into two regional papers. As Marla Tellez reports, it is just another sign of the growing digital age of news.
The newspaper group that runs basically every newspaper outside of San Francisco announced big changes in something that is becoming a thing of the past in this digital age: the morning paper.
The Bay Area News Group said it is reoranizing all of its papers under three mastheads.
The headlines here are that the Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Times will no longer be on a newspaper masthead starting later this year.
The San Jose Mercury News is the only paper that appears to be unscathed from the changes.
The Bay Area News Group said the Contra Costa Times, Valley Times, San Ramon Valley Times, Tri-Valley Herald and the East County Times will now all be branded under the masthead "The Times."
The Oakland Tribune, Alameda Times-Star, Daily Review, Argus and West County Times will all be rebranded as the "East Bay Tribune."
As part of this streamlining, the Bay Area News Group will also consolidate its production operations to three existing plants located in Concord, Hayward and San Jose. They will also cut 95 jobs.
"These are challenging times for the newspaper industry," paper president Mac 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."
In a signal that shows the value of the Web. Tully said the newspapers’ various web sites including www.MercuryNews.com; www.ContraCostaTimes.com; www.SiliconValley.com; and www.InsideBayArea.com will not change.
The last CoCo Times and Oakland Tribune will be published Nov. 1.