Wednesday, March 18, 2009

To keep San Francisco Chronicle publishing, should it team up with Mercury News' owner?

Pete Carey writes:

In the wake of massive cutbacks at the San Francisco Chronicle, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and current and former newspaper executives are discussing a possibility that once seemed unthinkable: consolidation of the Bay Area's daily newspapers.

Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat, ignited the public discussion Monday with a carefully worded letter urging the Department of Justice antitrust division to look at the "market realities" of competition in the digital age when reviewing mergers or "other arrangements" of competing newspapers.

Such a change would probably make it easier for hard-pressed metropolitan newspapers to combine some of their functions, including newspapers in the Bay Area controlled by Hearst and MediaNews.

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