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News, The Snitch Hearst Corp. Finds Another Way to 'Survive,' Buys into Reality TV Company

Hearst Corp. Finds Another Way to 'Survive,' Buys into Reality TV Company

Hearst Corporation, the media empire that owns properties including the San Francisco Chronicle, has purchased the company behind such reality television hits as Survivor and The Apprentice.The deal was announced today as a partnership between Hearst and Mark Burnett Productions.…
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News, The Snitch Corporate Cult of Secrecy Detailed in Bunky Hearst Divorce Saga

Corporate Cult of Secrecy Detailed in Bunky Hearst Divorce Saga

We've long known that Hearst Corp's San Francisco Chronicle could do better unearthing local news. What we didn't know was that the corporation, and the family behind it, are dedicated to a cult of secrecy unique in American newspaper dynasties.…
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News, The Snitch Older Chronicle Employees Taking the Buyout; Depressing 'Goodbye Party' Scheduled for Friday

Older Chronicle Employees Taking the Buyout; Depressing 'Goodbye Party' Scheduled for Friday

Blindfold? Cigarette? Buyout? Perhaps 50 union employees at the San Francisco Chronicle -- most of them from the paper's editorial side -- aren't waiting for the axe to drop and have already agreed to accept a buyout, says one of…
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News, The Snitch Newspaper Guild Calls For Vote on Chron's Draconian Proposal -- Can't Bring Itself to Push for Approving It

Newspaper Guild Calls For Vote on Chron's Draconian Proposal -- Can't Bring Itself to Push for Approving It

A communiqué from the Newspaper Guild to its San Francisco Chronicle members yesterday called for a union vote on the "final proposal" put forth by the paper's management -- and alleged negotiating tactics from the Hearst Corporation that seem to have…
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What would Clint Reilly do if MediaNews tries to buy the Chronicle?

Two years ago, San Francisco real estate magnate Clint Reilly successfully blocked an attempt by the two companies that own almost every daily newspaper in the Bay Area, Hearst Corporation and MediaNews, to combine some of their local business and…
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Buy Line

With the newspaper industry in a tailspin, readers ditching print for the Web in droves, and the country entering its worst recession in recent memory, San Francisco Chronicle execs have a brilliant solution to their financial problems: Charge people more…
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Rosey People

It's the end of a rather short-lived era at the San Francisco Chronicle, as Robert ("Rosey" to all) Rosenthal heads back into retirement for the second time in five years. There was some excitement at the paper when he joined…
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The Price of Journalism

At the close of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation's 41st annual Journalism Awards Program, as the chartered cruise ship made one more round of San Francisco Bay and yet another distinguished college journalist sipped closer to drunkenness, Hearst Corp. executive…
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Dog Bites

Obligatory Comment on the Fricke-Parks Lawsuit Dog Bites has been sleepless -- sleepless! -- since Union City printing company Fricke-Parks Press filed its lawsuit against the Fangs. Could Grant Printing really have used part of the $66 million Examiner-purchase subsidy…
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News, Mecklin Yellow-Bellied Journalism

Yellow-Bellied Journalism

At the height of the media frenzy over the Hearst/Chronicle/Fang/Examiner horse-trading extravaganza last week, daily news reporters were calling me, seemingly one after another. The reporters asked a lot of questions about the impending changes in ownership of our two…
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Chatterbox

The San Jose Mercury News advanced the story about the coming consolidation of the Chronicle and Examiner last month, attributing to "sources familiar with the discussions" that key owners of the Chronicle were no longer opposed to ceding control of…
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Dog Bites

Panic at Fifth and Mission The panic began on Sept. 20, when financial-hype artist Dan Dorfman filed his unsourced report on CNBC that "the Examiner may fold." "Rumors that the San Francisco Examiner may close are not new," Dorfman informed…
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Dog Bites

Chairman Sias' Saleabration Nan "Over My Dead Body" McEvoy earned the ink last week when the Chronicle Publishing Co. board of directors jettisoned her from the chair, but the man of the hour is incoming chairman, John B. Sias. Given…
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