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Media News Group Ends Monday Newspapers In Northern California

Oakland Tribune

The Huffington Post   Katherine Fung First Posted: 12/06/11 05:21 PM ET Updated: 12/06/11 05:21 PM ET

Some local newspapers in California are taking a drastic step to save money: they've stopped publishing their Monday print editions.

The Vacaville Reporter, the Vallejo Times-Herald and the Eureka Times-Standard will stop printing their Monday editions. The Oakland Tribune, the Fremont Argus and the Hayward Daily Review have ended home deliveries on Monday, but papers will still be available for sale. The newspapers are owned by MediaNews Group.

The move is part of an effort by the company to cut costs, and direct readers online. The three newspapers that will cease publication on Monday will make online access free on that day. The savings will also spare the other three newspapers from consolidation.

The company is in the midst of reinventing itself as a "digital first" company. Digital veteran John Paton was appointed CEO earlier this year. Media News Group also created a joint digital company with the newspaper group Journal Register (however, they remain two, distinct companies).

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