Oakland, Alameda, Hayward, Fremont, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Pleasanton, San Joaquin, Calif.
Owner: MediaNews Group
Effective: Nov. 2, 2011
The Oakland Tribune, Alameda Times-Star, Hayward Daily Review, Fremont Argus and West County Times will become the East Bay Tribune. The Contra Costa Times, San Ramon Valley Times, East County Times, Tri-Valley Herald and San Joaquin Herald will become The Times. Two new weekly papers will be created: The Valley Journal and the Times-Herald. The San Jose Mercury News, the BANG flagship, will remain a daily publication. “Approximately 120 jobs — primarily in the production and editorial divisions” will be eliminated, according to a news release on the Contra Costa Times website. Patch reports about 40 newsroom jobs will be cut.
Sources: Contra Costa Times, Dublin Patch, Gary Scott
Update: In October, Bay Area News Group announced it would cease Monday home delivery of the Oakland Tribune, Fremont Argus and Hayward Daily Review. Previous plans to merge nameplates were revised: Under the new plan, the Valley Times, Tri-Valley Herald and San Joaquin Herald will merge as the Tri-Valley Times; and the Oakland Tribune and Alameda Times-Star will merge as the Oakland Tribune. (11.03.11)
Source: Mercury News
Update: Thirty-four newsroom positions were cut: Walnut Creek Patch reports 10 were cut through “voluntary resignations”; 24 employees were laid off. The news group will be closing its press in Walnut Creek, outsourcing production to San Jose. (11.11.11)
Source: Walnut Creek Patch
Clarification: Tips confirm that 34 employees were laid off: 28 newsroom employees and six managers. (11.19.11)
Source: Paper Cuts tips