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MediaNews Group: landmarks


This chronology is indicative only. Context is provided by the broader communications and media timeline.


1874 Oakland Tribune founded by George Stanford and Benet Dewes

1884 Pasadena Star-News founded

1885 Inland Valley Daily Bulletin founded

1890 Redlands Daily Facts founded

1894 San Bernardino Sun founded

1897 Press-Telegram of Long Beach founded

1900 Whittier Daily News founded

1911 LA Daily News founded as Van Nuys News

1955 San Gabriel Valley Tribune founded

1959 Oakland Tribune sells radio KLX (later KEWB) to Crowell-Collier for US$0.75m

1970 Richard Scudder & brother sell Newark News and Garden State Paper to Media General for US$35m

1983 Robert Maynard leads MBO of Oakland Tribune


1983 MediaNews formed by William Dean Singleton and Richard Scudder

1983 buys Gloucester County Times for US$10m and Salem Sunbeam

1985 buys Hayward Daily Review chain in California

1985 buys Sparks Newspapers chain in California

1986 buys Alameda Times-Star

1986 buys Dallas Times-Herald from Toronto Sun

1987 buys Denver Post from Times-Mirror

1987 buys Houston Post for US$150m from Toronto Sun

1988 sells Dallas Times-Herald

1991 sells Hudson Dispatch

1992 closes Elizabeth Daily Journal


1994 MediaGeneral sells holdings in Garden State Newspapers to MediaNews

1995 buys Eagle Publishing (Berkshire Eagle, Middletown Press, Brattleboro Reformer and Bennington Banner)

1995 sells 1995 buys Middletown Press to JRC for US$5.5m

1995 closes Houston Post, sells assets to Hearst for US$120m

1996 buys San Mateo Times and six weeklies

1996 buys San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, Whittier Daily News and ten community weeklies from Thomson

1996 buys Times-Standard group in California from Thomson

1997 buys Forbes Newspapers from Forbes

1997 buys Long Beach Press-Telegram from Knight-Ridder

1997 sells North Jersey Herald & News and 11 weeklies

1998 buys Pacifica Tribune and Milpitas Post

1998 buys Los Angeles Daily News from Jack Kent Cooke

1998 buys Farmington (New Mexico) Daily Times

1999 forms partnership with Donrey Media Group (newspapers in California)

1999 buys Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and Redlands Daily Facts from Donrey

1999 buys San Bernardino Sun from Gannett

1999 takes stake in AdOne Classified Network

1999 buys California Independent Postal System (CIPS) Marketing Group Inc in partnership with Times Mirror

1999 increases stake in Denver Newspapers Inc to 60% with purchase of 20% from Media General for US$39m

1999 buys Town Crier group of newspapers in New England

1999 takes major stake in online JobExchange, Inc

1999 buys Deming (New Mexico) Headlight

2000 buys Ayer Public Spirit, Groton Landmark, Pepperell Free Press, Townsend Times, Harvard Hillside and Shirley Oracle

2000 sells Gloucester County Times, Salem Today’s Sunbeam, Bridgeton Evening News, Easton Express-Times and around 37 New Jersey papers to Advance

2000 buys Connecticut Post and 4 other papers from Thomson

2000 sells Daily NonPareil and buys Carlsbad Current-Argus

2000 buys Marin Independent Journal from Gannett Co

2000 buys Kearns-Tribune (Salt Lake Tribune) from AT&T for US$200m

2001 sells Lompoc Record to Pulitzer

2001 buys Lake County Record Bee in Lakeport

2005 buys Detroit News from Gannett