Gannett, GateHouse Media merger clears antitrust review 10/1/19

Federal regulators have cleared the way for a proposed $1.4 billion merger between newspaper giants Gannett and GateHouse Media.

The merger has passed an antitrust review by the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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New Media Investment Group to acquire Gannett 8/5/19

New Media Investment Group Inc. and Gannett Co., Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which New Media will acquire Gannett for a combination of cash and stock.

The merger brings together the portfolios of two leading local newspaper companies, and includes USA TODAY, Gannett's flagship brand, and its more than 160 brands in the U.K., which will significantly expand the existing USA TODAY NETWORK.

This combination will create a broad network of talented, experienced journalists poised to deliver unique and award-winning content for local communities and national audiences. The breadth and depth of each company's digital offerings will make the combined company a leading digital media player. Additionally, the joining of New Media's UpCurve and GateHouse Live businesses with Gannett's ReachLocal and WordStream subsidiaries will provide multiple, diversified marketing and revenue solutions and position the combined company as a stronger partner for advertisers and small businesses in the markets served.

Keep up to date with the latest Gannett and GateHouse merger news, including perspectives from newspapers and media experts around the country, at this link.

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Newsonomics: It's looking like Gannett will be acquired by GateHouse 7/19/19

The deal isn't yet finished. But Ken Doctor says he has been told by multiple sources that there are no major stumbling blocks left to negotiate in a megamerger between the United States' two largest daily newspaper chains – Gannett and GateHouse. It's increasingly likely to happen, with an announcement by summer's end. That's despite absolute public silence from the companies involved.

Read more from his article in NiemanLab.

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Gannett just launched its own image licensing and wire service 4/29/19

Gannett has launched a platform that makes original images from USA Today and its 109 local newsrooms available to paying customers.

Gannett said the platform, called Imagn, includes original sports, entertainment and breaking news images. The site promises 600,000 photos "per year from 10,000 sporting events covered by 300 sports photographers nationwide" to start, and an additional 1.8 million photos every year.

Read more from Poynter.org

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Brett Blackledge to lead The Daily Advertiser, named new editor 3/19/19

Brett Blackledge, a Pulitzer Prize winner and Louisiana native, will be the next editor of The Daily Advertiser.

Blackledge, current investigations editor for six Gannett-owned Florida newspapers, will take over the longest-serving daily newspaper in Lafayette, La., on April 1.

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Gannett's raising its IQ to outsmart local competition 1/23/19

As local advertising spend continues to rise, delivering the leading marketing and advertising solutions have never been more important.

On Tuesday at the Mega-Conference, Paras Maniar, President Local, Gannett | USA TODAY NETWORK, will talk about how Gannett has been innovating to offer local advertisers more effective and creative ways to connect to its audience in local communities across the country.

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Gannett announces executive promotions 1/15/19

Gannett Co., Inc. has announced that Kevin Gentzel, formerly chief revenue officer, has been named president, USA TODAY NETWORK Marketing Solutions, effective Jan. 26. Gentzel succeeds Sharon Rowlands, who is leaving the company to pursue another opportunity.

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Gannett CEO Robert J. Dickey to retire in 2019 12/7/18

Gannett Co. Inc. has announced that President and CEO Robert J. Dickey has decided to retire from the company in 2019.

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Gannett to acquire digital marketing software company WordStream 5/14/18

Gannett Co., Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire WordStream, Inc., a provider of cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for local and regional businesses and agencies to optimize their digital marketing services campaigns.

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Greenville News publisher Tom Claybaugh leaving for new role 4/10/18

Tom Claybaugh, president of the Carolinas media operations and publisher of The Greenville News since April 2016, is leaving Greenville to take a new position within Gannett Co. Inc. based in Nashville.

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