Newsonomics: The 2016 Media Year By The Numbers, and A Look Toward 2017

2016 goes down as a memorable year for those in and around the media. Though audience levels have never been higher, the digital transformation burden weighed ever more heavily on news media’s back. Then “the media” saw itself pummeled endlessly in the run-up to the election and even more in ...

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Triple Witching This Week @Gannett? 3Q Earnings, “Significant Layoffs” & Tronc Closure

Early in the month, I reported an “imminent” sale of Tronc, publisher of a trove of newspapers including big-city broadsheets like The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun, to Gannett, publisher of USA Today as well as a vast array of regional newspapers around the ...

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Newsonomics: Why Doesn’t Gannett Just Drop Its Tronc Bid, and See What Happens With Its Stock Price?

When officials at Tronc (formerly known as Tribune Publishing) canceled a September roadshow highlighting to investors in a half-dozen cities the bright future of the company just a day after announcing it, speculation began in earnest among Tronc’s close watchers. Was it as mundane as trouble ...

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Tronc Considers a Counter to Gannett’s 3rd-Sweetened Offer

It’s apparently no longer a question of whether to sell or not, but for how much. For four months, Tronc – the company formerly known as Tribune Publishing, parent of The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune among other similarly august titles in smaller markets – has steadfastly and ...

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Newsonomics: Tronc M, Tronc X, or Just Tronc — It’s Still in An Uncertain Position

Related column: A Tronc Tomorrow: The Return of Gannett and the Uberfication of News   Anyone looking for drama in today’s Tronc second-quarter financials was disappointed. No dramatic announcements, internally or externally — and not a peep out of Gannett of its intentions to mount a new ...

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Gannett Outlines Its New Waiting Game

Gannett CEO Bob Dickey is slowing down in his quest to acquire Tribune Publishing, but he has no plans on stopping. Today, Dickey’s Gannett took a public deep breath – and vowed to persist in its unwanted wooing of Tribune. Surprising some, Gannett put no more money on the table. The company ...

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Newsonomics: Readers’ Guide Tribune gets Troncked: A Reader’s Guide to the Tribune/Gannett War

        In a move that, even amid all the nastiness of the Tribune/Gannett war, we would still have to consider stunning, Tribune Publishing has renamed itself — to tronc. In a memo to Tribune staff this afternoon, CEO Justin Dearborn wrote: Today, I am pleased to announce ...

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Newsonomics: How Gannett’s Bid for Tribune Went South

Gannett’s hopes for a quick acquisition of Tribune Publishing, the owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and a half dozen other regional newspapers, are looking increasingly problematic. Tomorrow at the Los Angeles office of law firm Sidley Austin, Tribune will hold its ...

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Michael Ferro Uninterruptus: Can Gannett Pry The Talkative Tribune Head From His New Chair?

Meet Michael Ferro. Ferro, 49, is not yet three months in to his stint as chairman of Tribune Publishing, the newspaper company that owns and operates such august titles as The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and The Baltimore Sun, and he is already fending off efforts from powerful ...

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Gannett Joins the 100 club with Purchase of 15 More Dailies

Gannett may be struggling along with its peers, but it’s doubling down on the newspaper business. Today, the largest U.S. newspaper company by revenues (and second-largest globally, to News Corp.) bought 15 more dailies from the Journal Media Company. The price: $280 million, which represents a ...

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