Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bay Guardian closes after 48 years

The San Francisco Bay Guardian, a voice for the city’s progressives for 48 years, is putting out its last issue today.

Publisher Glen Zuehls of San Francisco Media Co., which acquired the paper from Bruce Brugmann and his wife, Jean Dibble, two years ago, said the Guardian has been losing money.

San Francisco Media also owns the Examiner and the city’s other alt-weekly, SF Weekly. The paper’s staff was told the Guardian was closing at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

“They shut down everything — our sites, our social media, our passkeys, right away,” Editor Steven T. Jones told the Chronicle. “We’ve all been laid off, effective immediately. ... I need an escort to go to the bathroom and get back to the office to pack up my stuff.”

• Examiner: "The Guardian has not made money for years," said Zuehls.

• SFist.com: Guardian Publisher Marke Bieschke says he believes the Guardian will "live in some other form."

• Slate.com: The Guardian was "one of the most venerable, staunchly independent and defiantly weird" alt-weeklies.

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