Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Local Newspaper Future in Doubt

Many people in town still refer to the Weekly Times as the "T-O," referring to the Times-Observer that exists today only in the Library's archives. We love our Weekly Times and its newer rival, The Daily News. In addition to these free papers, most of us subscribe to the San Jose Mercury News.

A comment last week by Councilmember Mike Wasserman raised the hairs on the back of my neck, however. He reminded me that, last year, the Murky News bought The Daily News (February 15, 2005) and then gobbled up Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, publishers of the Weekly Times (October 14, 2005). All of a sudden, all our news comes from one place. And now (March, 2006) the Mercury News is one of 12 Knight Ridder dailies that new owner McClatchy plans to sell off. It's not just us--with these two acquisitions in 2005, the Mercury controls 14 Silicon Valley community newspapers, and all of their futures are in equal peril.

Part of my reason for creating this blog was to provide an alternative source of news for my community in case the lights go out at our beloved local newspapers. I look forward to your comments.

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