This week, Dean Singleton announced that he would be stepping down as chairman of MediaNews Group, the nation's second-largest newspaper company, and publisher of the Denver Post. Singleton is loved and hated with equal fervor within the journalism industry, but he's always been the most accessible ... More >>
Last week, we considered the impact on Denver Post owner MediaNews Group after its Digital First Media partner, the Journal Register Company, declared bankruptcy. Now, John Paton, the chief executive of all three firms, is speaking out on the topic, saying MediaNews Group and the Post are in great s ... More >>
Earlier this week, we contacted Boulder Daily Camera publisher Al Manzi after hearing the paper's publishing company had told nearly twenty workers they would be laid off -- and that they'd subsequently learned many of the paper's ad-design chores would be outsourced to India. Today, Manzi got back ... More >>
John Paton.In late August, we noted that the search for a new MediaNews Group CEO to succeed Dean Singleton had stretched out for seven months, with no end in sight. At last, the situation has changed. John Paton, a director of the Journal Register Company, has been named the firm's CEO as p ... More >>
Brian Hill.This week, Righthaven, a Nevada firm specializing in copyright-infringement litigation, finally acknowledged its relationship with MediaNews Group, owner of the Denver Post, in a filing on view below related to a dropped lawsuit against chronically ill, mildly autistic hobby blogge ... More >>
Update: Denver Daily News publisher Kristie Hannon has been swamped with messages since word broke that the paper will cease publication just over ten years after its debut. However, she took the time to take part in a detailed Q&A about the decision.
Sara Glines.Last November, MediaNews Group vice president of field operations Sara Glines didn't respond to repeated interview requests about a series of lawsuits filed by Nevada's Righthaven LLC for unauthorized use of Denver Post content. Now, following controversy over a suit against autis ... More >>
Big pic below.MediaNews Group's get-tough policy toward copyright protection has been led by Righthaven LLC, a Nevada firm whose Denver Post-related lawsuits have targeted the likes of Internet star Matt Drudge. Far less powerful is Brian D. Hill, a twenty-year-old hobby blogger on disability ... More >>
Dean Singleton.Dean Singleton is stepping down as CEO of MediaNews Group -- a position he's held for more than a quarter-century. But he's not retiring. He'll serve as MediaNews' executive chairman, as well as publisher for both the Denver Post and the Salt Lake Tribune. Speculation is rife t ... More >>
Dean Singleton.Last month, we noted that Denver Post and MediaNews Group execs weren't eager to discuss a copyright-infringement warning published by the paper. At the time, we asked these three questions: "So... what prompted the Post to rattle this saber? Are lawsuits imminent? And against ... More >>
Dean Singleton.On Sunday, the Denver Post published "Notice to Readers About Denver Post Copyright Protections" -- although readers weren't really the target audience. The piece is actually a bellicose warning to content thieves who reproduce Post stories or photos without permission. So... w ... More >>
Dean Singleton wants to charge for delivery on the Internet, too.As the newspaper industry continues to struggle, more and more attention is being paid to the paywall strategy being promoted MediaNews Group boss (and Denver Post publisher) Dean Singleton. He plans to start charging readers fo ... More >>
Boulder's Karl Hanzel, as seen in a photo by NPR correspondent Jeff Brady. National Public Radio has told a couple of prominent national stories through a Colorado prism in recent days. Last week, the service offered "News For Sale?," a report about the growing movement to charge for online informa ... More >>
In a Monday Q&A, Dean Singleton, the CEO of MediaNews Group and de facto owner of the Denver Post, insisted that the Post is retaining 95 percent of former Rocky Mountain News subscribers -- and he added that the paper isn't suffering the 5-15 percent declines striking most other major metro daili ... More >>
Photo by Soren McCartyThe Conchords in flight. Did they play "Albi the Racist Dragon?" Today in Backbeat Online: • Over the weekend: Flight of the Conchords at Red Rocks. • Moving Pictures: the Sexy Convicts, Lyin' Bitch, the Get Down, Vitamins, the Swayback, Ian Cooke, Young Coyotes. • Over ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Nestlé Purina"Could somebody remind me why I wanted this job?" Before Bill Ritter co-hosted a tribute to MediaNews Group CEO and Denver Post publisher Dean Singleton, who's hardly a fan of his policies, he appeared at a photo opportunity with a dog. Yep, Ritter joined Dealer, a M ... More >>
The conversation took place at Parker's Warhorse Inn. Covering the troubles in the newspaper industry can be mighty dispiriting: I sometimes feel like I spend my days writing the obituary for my own career. No wonder I felt such trepidation when accepting an invitation from the folks at the Douglas ... More >>
Update, 4:45 p.m.: The initial version of this blog was based on information provided by a source that has been extremely reliable over a period of several years. However, I just received a call from Al Manzi, president and publisher of the Boulder Daily Camera, and CEO of Prairie Mountain Publish ... More >>
Although the closing of the Rocky Mountain News was an unfortunate development for the city in general, at least its disappearance seemed sure to save a double subscriber like me some big bucks. But no: Yesterday, I received a card in the mail that read as follows: Notice of change in subscription ... More >>
Say what you will about Denver Post chairman and MediaNews Group CEO Dean Singleton (and plenty of his critics have, and will continue to do so): He's among the most accessible and engaged of all media magnates -- and he's not afraid to push back when he feels he's been misinterpreted in some way. ... More >>
The Game. And now, without further ado... Today in Backbeat Online: • Q&A with the Game. • Little Fyodor celebrates a quarter-century of zaniness. • Lee Ball, RIP. • Next Astrophagus gig to feature Astrophagus playing, uh, its own songs? • Diamond Boiz crew ready to bust through. • The ... More >>
Reporter Lynn Bartels's colleagues at the Rocky Mountain News warned her not to try exiting the Denver Newspaper Agency building through the main lobby. After all, the place was swarming with reporters gathered to attend an upcoming press conference at which E.W. Scripps CEO Rich Boehne -- and, as i ... More >>
"Six Major Layoffs at the Denver Post," a blog published yesterday afternoon, noted Stephen Keating among the half-dozen supervisors let go by the broadsheet. However, his affiliation with the paper continues, in a manner of speaking. Keating is in the midst of a major project for MediaNews Group, o ... More >>
Anyone hoping for quick answers from an E.W. Scripps conference call held this morning (and noted previously in the blog "Rocky Mountain News Editor John Temple on the Paper's Future: 'We Have No Idea'") wound up disappointed. As detailed in typically complete fashion by Rocky business scribe David ... More >>
Six major layoffs took place today at the Denver Post, with all of those involved in non-union positions. They are: Stephen Keating, the former editor of the Post's political website, PoliticsWest.com, who will continue to work on a project for Post-owner MediaNews Group; assistant city editor Cynth ... More >>
This morning, both Denver dailies feature articles spurred by a Denver Post memo sent out in response to "Scripps Says Post Violates JOA," a January 28 Rocky Mountain News report based on a leaked letter reportedly penned by two executives at E.W. Scripps, the Rocky's owner. The latter piece, by sta ... More >>
The story about the possible sale of the Rocky Mountain News by its owner, E.W. Scripps, continues to evolve in unexpected and fascinating ways -- and many of the developments have come to our attention via the Rocky 's own reporting. Case in point: Today's article "Scripps says Post Violates JOA" b ... More >>
The silence has been deafening in regard to the possible sale of the Rocky Mountain News -- at least officially. The last article in the Rocky itself about potential buyers appeared way back on December 24; that piece noted that a "deal book" of financial and demographic information had been sent to ... More >>
A week from tomorrow, January 16, is the day by which MediaNews Group chieftain Dean Singleton and execs at the Denver Newspaper Agency say they need to secure $18 million in labor savings prior to renegotiating $130 million in debt. "If that fails," says a letter penned by DNA senior human resource ... More >>
In mid-December, news broke that MediaNews Group head Dean Singleton (pictured) asked unions to open negotiations on new contracts early in the hope of saving a combined $20 million at the Denver Post and the Denver Newspaper Agency. But, as mentioned parenthetically in a December 16 More Messages b ... More >>
As you've probably heard, MediaNews Group head and de facto Denver Post owner Dean Singleton is hoping to save $20 million in wages by tinkering with a union agreement not due to expire until March 2010. At least you did if you read our December 15 blog "Denver Newspaper Guild Almost Mum on Renegoti ... More >>
Today, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free-Press announced that they will reduce home delivery of their products to three days a week: Thursday, Friday and Sunday. It's a radical move that's got plenty of Denver connections and correlations. The Detroit papers are linked by a joint-operating agre ... More >>
Another new development in the crazy world of Denver newspapers: Shortly after news broke that Moody's Investor Services had downgraded the credit rating of MediaNews Group, the owner of the Denver Post, MediaNews head Dean Singleton asked unions to open negotiations on new labor contracts as early ... More >>
The current Westword includes a feature article about the Rocky Mountain News, which was recently put up for sale, as well as a sidebar about the marquee Rocky talent most likely to leap to the Denver Post in the event of a closure and a look into the mysteries of the joint-operating agreement that ... More >>
It's the sort of headline most media observers in this area have been anticipating for quite some time, but it's still a shock to see it in print: "Rocky Mountain News For Sale." The article, published moments ago on the Rocky's website, quotes from a press release in which Rich Boehne, president a ... More >>
This past weekend, the New York Times published "A Penny For My Thoughts? ," a Maureen Dowd column that focused on James Macpherson, publisher of the online publication Pasadena Now. To save money, Dowd writes, Macpherson sacked his staff of seven Pasadena-based staffers and replaced them with six c ... More >>
It's getting chilly for management pensions at the Post. Yesterday, multiple sources confirm, managers at the Denver Post and the Denver Newspaper Agency learned that their pensions would be frozen beginning on January 1. Tracy Simmons of the Denver Newspaper Guild stresses that the freeze will o ... More >>
When Dean Singleton speaks, people listen -- and they're often agog at what they hear. Back in April, as documented in a More Messages blog, the man in charge at the Denver Post, the flagship paper of his MediaNews Group firm, made headlines at the Associated Press' annual luncheon after asking Sena ... More >>
For the first time since 2005, the Post's editorial board opines on the front page.
Brightly colored advertising stickers on the front of the Denver dailies are part of a national trend to turn page one into a billboard.
After the Rocky Mountain News entered into a joint-operating agreement with the Denver Post several years ago, many newspaper-business observers predicted that, figuratively speaking, the Rocky would soon go from wrapping fishes to sleeping with them. Instead, the tabloid has stayed above water than ... More >>
A misbegotten experiment implodes.
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