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 >>
Dean Singleton.In an interview earlier this year, MediaNews Group executive chairman Dean Singleton talked about experimenting with pay walls at his various newspaper properties. These efforts are now about to get a public try-out at 23 MNG properties -- although none in the company's home st ... More >>
Dean Singleton.For months, newspaper insiders have been abuzz about Denver Post parent company MediaNews Group potentially acquiring Freedom Communications, owner of the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Orange County Register -- two properties that synergize nicely with MediaNews strongholds ... More >>
MediaNews GroupIn an interview last month about stepping down as CEO of MediaNews Group, Dean Singleton talked geographical expansion and consolidation. These words echoed after MediaNews bought the Longmont Times-Call's parent company days later -- and fears of job losses were heightened by ... More >>
Dean Singleton.In an interview earlier this week about stepping down as CEO of MediaNews Group, Dean Singleton said his new position as the company's executive chairman would allow him to focus on "opportunities for expansion, which I have always enjoyed doing." And how: Today, Singleton anno ... 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.In late July, after a Denver Post editorial argued that he wasn't qualified to be governor due to his poor business record, Dan Maes suggested that he might limit the Post's access if it didn't begin to cover his campaign more evenhandedly. But Post publisher and MediaNews Gro ... More >>
Dean Singleton ordered some alterations.Last week, Denver-based MediaNews Group, owner of the Denver Post and dozens of other newspapers around the country, officially emerged from bankruptcy -- and it didn't take long for boss Dean Singleton to make significant changes in the organization. ... More >>
Dean Singleton's indebtedness looks a lot less onerous this week.The Saturday Denver Post blurb about Affiliated Media couldn't entirely avoid the word "bankruptcy," as the broadsheet's writers have endeavored to do since January. After all, the judge who approved the prepackaged plan assembl ... More >>
Dean Singleton's got opinions -- and he's not shy about sharing them.Denver Post owner/publisher Dean Singleton seems to have trouble with the word bankruptcy, especially when it pertains to his company, MediaNews Group. But he's extremely loquacious about other topics, as he's proving this m ... More >>
Dean Singleton: Still making a pretty penny.A blog published last week noted that the Denver Post had managed to report about an impending bankruptcy filing by the holding company of its parent firm, MediaNews Group, without using the word "bankruptcy" in the headline -- a neat example of spi ... More >>
Some of the publications that have been put out by Metro Mountain Media.MediaNews Group, the Dean Singleton-led company that owns the Denver Post and dozens of other newspapers around the country, recently announced that its holding company, Affiliated Media, would seek bankruptcy protection ... More >>
Dean Singleton wants to turn back the Internet clock.Yesterday, CNNMoney confirmed that Google News hasn't added any new Associated Press content since just before Christmas -- "a sign that contract negotiations between the two companies may have broken down." No surprise, given some of the ... More >>
Dean Singleton has won some concessions from Google.Denver Post publisher and MediaNews Group boss Dean Singleton thinks putting articles behind online pay walls may be a way to save the newspaper business -- a strategy that's brought him into conflict with Google, which makes its nut by poin ... 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 >>
Dean Singleton.Had Freedom Communications, owner of the Colorado Springs Gazette, filed for bankruptcy during better economic times, journalism-business observers would have immediately begun speculating about the odds that it might be purchased by MediaNews Group, headed by Denver Post publi ... More >>
Dean Singleton.The death of the joint-operating agreement that was supposed to sustain a business partnership between the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News for a half-century but didn't survive for even one decade can't help seeming anticlimactic. After all, the Rocky's been gone for si ... More >>
Even as journalists debate about whether or not E.W. Scripps executives pinned their hopes for the Rocky Mountain News' survival on Denver Post owner Dean Singleton's death, MediaNews Group, Singleton's company, is moving ahead with an unusual effort to monetize its content. As detailed in "MediaN ... 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 >>
Dean Singleton. Dean Singleton haters, of which there are many, likely gagged on their Cocoa Puffs this morning while reading "Post Owner Gets Honors, Ribbing," a laudatory account of last night's Mizel Museum dinner, during which the MediaNews Group CEO and Post publisher was given the organizatio ... More >>
Photo by J. KnightDean Singleton. A short time ago, Jim Romenesko's journalism-business page on the Poynter Online site posted a recent memo issued under the signature of MediaNews Group CEO and Denver Post publisher Dean Singleton and his right-hand man, Jody Lodovic, concerning a new approach to ... More >>
Photo by J. KnightDean Singleton at the February 26 press conference announcing the impending closure of the Rocky Mountain News. Yesterday, union-represented employees of the Denver Post voted to accept a package that includes "wage cuts ranging from 6 percent to 9 percent, depending on salary; hi ... More >>
The old adage about not believing everything you read goes double for comments placed on blogs. Today's example: An item attributed to "Buster," which popped up on a piece entitled, "Denver Post Chairman and MediaNews Group CEO Dean Singleton Responds to This Week's Message Column." It reads: Eve ... More >>
Dean Singleton. 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 misinterpret ... More >>
David Milstead. The most dogged and enterprising journalist to write about the Rocky Mountain News' closure saga came from the Rocky's own newsroom. Business columnist and reporter David Milstead broke story after story. For example, he unearthed a confidential letter from executives at E.W. Scripp ... More >>
Dean Singleton delivers. During yesterday's press conference announcing the closing of the Rocky Mountain News, MediaNews Group boss Dean Singleton, whose firm owns the Denver Post, declared that the ad rates at his publication are "way below" the national average, but "they'll just have to stay th ... More >>
Dean Singleton. About an hour ago, I was a guest on the KHOW radio show hosted by Peter Boyles -- who, much to my chagrin, didn't mention vaginas even once -- and he said two sources had told him that executives from the E.W. Scripps company, owner of the Rocky Mountain News, are in town. If that's ... More >>
Today, the Rocky Mountain News reported that various unions had agreed to open contract talks for the Denver Post and the Denver Newspaper Agency early, as had been requested by Dean Singleton's MediaNews Group, which owns the Post and is linked to the Rocky by a joint-operating agreement. Include ... 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 ... 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 Renego ... 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 earl ... More >>
Letters from the week of 11/15/2007
The Post joins the buyout trend as its owner admits the newspaper business is facing tougher times than he expected.
Checks and Balances
Labor strife looms in a western outpost of Dean Singleton's media empire.
A media column about secondhand smoke stirs up a cloud of controversy.
The arrival of a new editor shakes things up at the Denver Post.
At fifty, William Dean Singleton has dozens of newspapers and all the money he needs. But what about respect?
Written by Chuck Green