“No longer will a daily newspaper bear the name of Oakland or San Jose due to a mass consolidation by Bay Area News Group, which on Tuesday also announced plans to cut roughly 20 percent of the company’s newsroom staff,” as SFGate.com is reporting.
“Half a dozen Bay Area newspapers will be folded into two daily publications meant to serve the East Bay and South Bay.
“The last daily edition of the 150-year-old Oakland Tribune will be published April 4.
On April 5, the East Bay will get its first look at the East Bay Times — a consolidation of the Contra Costa Times, the Oakland Tribune, the Daily Review in Hayward and the Argus, which serves Fremont. The company will also replace the contracostatimes.com and insidebayarea.com websites with a new East Bay focused site, eastbaytimes.com.
“In the South Bay and on the Peninsula, the San Mateo County Times will join the San Jose Mercury News to become the Mercury News, also debuting on April 5.
“It’s the company’s latest effort to streamline operations and cut costs at a time when newspapers across the country are struggling for survival.”