Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Singleton: Cross-ownership 'is yesterday's news'

From a Nieman Lab blog interview with MediaNews Group Chairman William Dean Singleton, where he discusses further newspaper consolidation, plus Federal Communications Commission limits on common ownership of papers and TV stations in a single market:

The importance of cross-ownership is yesterday’s news. We don’t need a TV station to do video anymore. We don’t need a TV station to broadcast video anymore. You can do video in our digital offerings today, online, in mobile. I think the day will come when people don’t sit down in front of their TV and spend three hours watching TV or 30 minutes watching the news. They’re going to get it on their tablets, and computers. I think the need that newspapers thought they had to own TV stations is probably over. 

MediaNews and Gannett
They're partners in ventures publishing newspapers in Detroit, California, Texas and Pennsylvania.

GCI owns 23 TV stations, including two in each of two markets: Atlanta (WATL, WXIA) and Jacksonville, Fla. (WTLV and WJXX) Also, in Phoenix, it owns The Arizona Republic and KPNX.


  1. Singleton once again the master of the obvious. Unfortunately for him and his lousy company, he should have realized this 10 years ago, not this week.

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  3. A lot of the quality of the videos that newspapers are putting up for viewing can be summarized this way...Bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

  4. Dino is yesterday's news. He's helped wreck good journalism, is super-rich and should shut up and fade away.

  5. Is there not a better pic of Singleton you can use, Jim? That one seems a little ... harsh and unflattering. And, no, I'm not a fan of his.

  6. Singleton's MediaNews is better than Gannett.
    Gannett is better than Singleton.

    I have worked for them both, and it's a dead heat! They both are tied for worst.


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