Skip to comments.Troubled San Francisco paper in danger of closing [San Francisco Chronicle is dying]
Posted on 02/25/2009 12:41:41 PM PST by rabscuttle385
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Chronicle joined the lengthening list of imperiled newspapers Tuesday as its owner set out to purge the payroll and slash other expenses in a last-ditch effort to reverse years of heavy losses.
If it can't reduce expenses dramatically within the next few weeks, the Hearst Corp. said it will close or sell the Chronicle, northern California's largest newspaper with a paid weekday circulation of 339,430.
Hearst didn't specify a savings target nor a deadline for wringing out the expenses. A Hearst spokesman didn't immediately respond to messages Tuesday.
But management made it clear that the cost-cutting will require a significant number of layoffs.
"Our current situation dictates that we accomplish these cost savings quickly," Chronicle Publisher Frank Vega wrote in a memo to the staff. "Business as usual is no longer an option."
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You mean Mark Morford is going to have to turn burgers for the great unwashed in order to make his bills? Oh please! PLEEEEEASE!
“If it can’t reduce expenses dramatically within the next few weeks, the Hearst Corp. said it will close or sell the Chronicle, northern California’s largest newspaper with a paid weekday circulation of 339,430.’
They’re all twittering up there now...
This is a dreadful paper.
Yeah, I’m all tore up about this.
Memo to all leftist Obama worshipping propaganda dead tree newspapers:
You have destroyed all your credibility and circulation.
SO DIE ALREADY!
Is it bad to want to cheer?
Happy days are here again, the news is full of cheer again,...
You think the Chron should make movies?? “Pulled from the headlines films?”
Marvel (or was it DC?) took out a billion dollar loan to make films. They bet the company on those films! They were Spiderman, X-Men and Fantastic Four.
I think they won their bet. They had mortgaged the whole company and if they had flopped it’d been history
One of the most horrid newspapers on the face of the earth. No sorrow here.
The Chronicle could save its own life by printing full page color cartoons.
They should start making big-budget movies about the Chronicle? I don't think that'll work.
Two out of three is a whole lot better than you'll do in Vegas. Of course, then they parlayed that into two more X-Men films, two more Spiderman films, Ironman, and the much-awaited Watchmen.
Agree. Why should they be surprised that their decades-long campaign against capitalism, commercial forest use, private property, and fairness in the media would come back to bite them where it hurts? It’s like the Minneapolis paper suing its printer union. Doesn’t the business office communicate with the editorial office?
“The Chronicle could save its own life by printing full page color cartoons.”
Or the soviet style propaganda pix of Obama. Page after page.
Unfortunately there are some legitimate businesses that rely on newspapers and although they do not support these papers’ leftwing politics they will lose customers.
Well, being that the movie was released in 1941, he came pretty close. Only off by 8 years.
Watchmen looks great. Of course they made Punisher and I think another flop too. But they came out of it great.
I wish it was possible to have a Spiderman series with movie quality, but its not
It would be interesting, but its SF. It’d be gay porn cartoons.
I must say, playing devils advocate, I can go online and read any newspaper for free, poor liberal jounalism notwithstanding. Before the internet I subscribed to the Washington Times and my local paper. Now I read them both for free online. Doesn’t seem like good business sense to me. Obviously web advert dollars don’t support them. I would be willing to pay a small online fee for good newspapers.
Hahahaha...well, technically, they are BOTH works of fiction...
Absolutely unreadable. It ain’t what he sez, it’s the way what he sez it. I have absolutely no basis for criticizing the substance of what he sez, because for the life of me I’ve never been able to comprehend it. I think he thinks he’s pretty clever, though.
Is it bad to wanna to take a whiz on their stock certificates? Considering the damage that Pravda by the Bay has done over the years, I say no to your question and to mine...
They can’t go out of business soon enough, in my opinion.
I hope the Mercury News is next.
Both are anti-American, anti-family, anti-capitalist tools of our enemies.
Their bias is every bit as blatant in their articles as it is in their editorials.
BANKRUPT the ENEMEDIA!
Good F’n riddance.
--It is not reader-friendly. There are too many sections that are about 8 pages each. It's hard to find the sports section without disassembling the entire paper. Do we really need a Wine section?
--The internet/24 hour news channels.
--Blurring the lines between news and opinion.
--Functioning as a cheerleader for reporters/editors' favorite politicians.
Ultimately, the Chron is suffering what has undermined the entire newspaper business: too many people entering journalism who "want to make a difference" instead of a love of writing or because of the excitment of the profession. There is a place for advocacy journalism (Village Voice, Bay Guardian, the gay weeklies) but it has no place in a major daily newspaper. To focus on the far left is a bad business decision.
Who knew death could be so much fun to watch?
Herb Cain was very interesting usually very provocative. They also ran Debra Saunders I think was her name she was good. It was sometime in the early eighties I realized the content was different depending where you lived. they had 5 stars on the front and you might live in a 3 star and get the more Conservative pictures and content do not remember how it worked. they punched out some vile things over the years.
Wasn't that because Stan Lee was rolled for all he was worth by Hillary Clinton? Wasn't that what the whole Peter Paul thing was about?
burn, baby burn ........
With all due respect, th SF Chrolicle was a terrific paper when it was owned by the Theriot family. Their columnist lineup included Herb Caen, Charles McCabe, Ron Fimrite, Stan Delaplane, Art Hoppe and many others. This formerly great paper was destroyed when Hearst took it over and installed its own editorial staff. End of paper.