Friday, April 3, 2009

Daily News kills Sunday, satellite editions

The Palo Alto Daily News announced today that it has dropped its Sunday edition and will now print Tuesday through Saturday.

In addition, the Daily News will stop printing separate editions for San Mateo, Burlingame and Redwood City. The Palo Alto edition will be distributed in Redwood City and San Carlos, however.

The MediaNews Group paper is dropping the words "Palo Alto" from its name and will be known as simply the Daily News starting Tuesday.

In a front page announcement today, no mention was made of any layoffs. At least one employee was let go in the switch, however.

Ironically, the front page announcement was next to a story about the dedication of the Stanford Daily's new building. New York Times Editor Bill Keller was on hand for the celebration, saying some might see the event as being (see correction below) akin to a "ribbon cutting at a new Pontiac dealership."

The cut backs come just 10 months after the Daily News laid off six employees and dropped its Monday edition.

The free paper started in 1995 in Palo Alto and in 2000 sprouted separate editions in Redwood City, San Mateo and Burlingame. The paper added a Sunday edition in 2003.

In 2005, the founders sold it to Knight Ridder for $25 million. A year later, Knight Ridder sold off all of its newspapers to McClatchy. Within days, McClatchy sold its Bay Area papers to MediaNews Group.

Full disclosure: The editor of the Press Club's Web page, and the author of this item, is Dave Price, who co-founded the Palo Alto Daily News and now owns the competing Daily Post in Palo Alto.

Update, Saturday, April 4: Today is the last day for the San Mateo Daily News, Redwood City Daily News and Burlingame Daily News. Each paper lasted eight years (Aug. 9, 2000-April 4, 2009). Here are the announcements the three papers printed on their front page today.

Burlingame Daily News


San Mateo Daily News


Redwood City Daily News



CORRECTION, April 7:A Daily News staffer points out that Keller didn't see the opening as being like that of a Pontiac dealership, but that some might see it that way. The next paragraph of the story stated: "He was quick to clarify that he doesn’t subscribe to the view that journalism is headed for obsolescence. It may require ‘an adventurous spirit,’ he said, but the students who will make the new offices of The Stanford Daily their own will also have an opportunity to help shape the future of an industry in transition.”

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's probably for the best. When you miss the national story arising from Bill Keller's comments at the Stanford event it's time to hang it up. As an aside; has Keller been taking lessons in off the cuff comments from Joe Biden. The man is a train wreck.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the disclosure. Is there a reason that there are no other bylines on this site/blog?

Anonymous said...

It's sad to see the decline of the Palo Alto Daily News, which at one point was doing everything right, ranging from investigative reporting to comprehensive high school sports coverage, to a group of local columnists who were really experts in the community. With changing ownership and different managers shuffling through, it's really lost its focus.

Anonymous said...

Who ever made the decision to sell the Daily News group of papers looks like a genius. Helping them out the door by starting another completing paper makes them look like MacArthur grant geniuses. Wonder who that is.

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't they also be dropping "Daily News" from their Masthead since they don't publish on Sunday or Monday?

Anonymous said...

Contrary to your correction, Keller definitely compared the ribbon cutting to the opening of a Pontiac dealership. I heard him myself. When he realized that nobody in the audience thought that was funny, he quickly covered his tracks and said that's how other people might see the ribbon cutting. It was a big gaffe, and if the young reporters covering this weren't so enamored about the idea that they were covering the editor of The New York Times, they might have portrayed it as a gaffe. Instead this correction makes it look like somebody is trying to kiss Keller's ass.

Jason Green, Daily News City Editor said...

Curious none of these posts are signed.

Anonymous said...

Keller deserves some leeway here. He was pointing out what was obvious and wasn't avoiding the subject. I wouldn't put it into the category of a gaffe but rather a provocative comment that stimulated thought.

Anonymous said...

I'm giving the daily news six months before they're closed.