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The Latest on Scripps and MediaNews
March 5, 2009, 10:16 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Scripps

So, it’s been a week since we learned that Scripps would shut the Rocky Mountain News down. The most recent developments:

RIP, Rocky Mountain News
February 26, 2009, 12:37 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News, Scripps

A profoundly sad day for Colorado – Friday will be the final edition of the Rocky Mountain News. Here’s the coverage:

•  Rocky Mountain News to close, publish final edition Friday
•  The Rocky tick-tock of the internal announcement
•  Scripps press release announcing the news
•  Video of the Scripps CEO announcing the news to staffers
•  Recession forced closure, Boehne says

•  Friday last day for the Rocky Mountain News 
•  Through the years: A gallery of the Rocky 
•  Q&A on the closure of the Rocky Mountain News 
•  Ritter: Newspaper’s closure ‘sad’
•  MediaNews statement on Rocky Mountain News

•  Rocky Mountain News to shut down Friday
•  Reaction to the Rocky shutdown 
•  Post to stand pat on ad rates despite Rocky closure
•  Denver Newspaper Agency renegotiating $150M loan 
•  Singleton, MediaNews seen as potential buyer for San Francisco daily

•  Friday’s Rocky Mountain News will be the last 

•  Rocky Mountain News to close after Friday edition

•  Rocky Mountain News newsroom Twitter account

•  Rocky will publish last paper Friday

Scripps CEO: Before I Fire You, Let Me Cut Your Salary 3-5%
February 19, 2009, 1:10 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Scripps

E.W. Scripps CEO Rich Boehne popped out of his hole this morning and saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of excruciating limbo for Rocky Mountain News employees. If I were Boehne, the first thing I would do, aside from using my bonus money to short Scripps stock, would be to hire David Milstead to calculate how much it would cost to shut down the Rocky, since apparently even 10 weeks after stating his intention to sell or shutter the paper he still has no idea how much it would cost to actually close it down. Ten weeks. Seriously. Oh, and Scripps employees nationwide will see pay cuts of 3-5 percent.

Scripps May Disclose its Plan for the Rocky on Q4 Earnings Call
February 18, 2009, 3:09 pm
Filed under: Newspapers, Scripps

Late February is rapidly approaching, and still no word on the fate of the Rocky Mountain News. Your best next chance to hear any updates will be on Scripps’ Q4 2008 earnings call tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. MST. You can listen in by dialing 1-800-230-1074, but if you want to ask a question you will need to pretend to be someone such as Stephanie Clifford of the New York Times. If you miss the live call, you can listen to a replay starting at 9 a.m. MST at 1-800-475-6701.

Scripps: ‘No Timetable’ for Evaluating Rocky Bids
January 15, 2009, 8:28 am
Filed under: Rocky Mountain News, Scripps

With “mid-January” officially upon us, Scripps officials said attempts to sell the Rocky Mountain News could extend into next week or even next month as “there’s no specific timetable” for evaluating bids. David Milstead and Jeff Smith at the Rocky have the details.

Rocky to be Sold or Shut Down by Mid-January
December 4, 2008, 12:59 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News, Scripps

Things aren’t looking good on Colfax, if you believe the rumors (from very connected people). Word on the street is that Scripps continues to shop the Rocky Mountain News, and that it will shut it down if a buyer isn’t found by mid-January.

UPDATE: Mark Harden at the Denver Business Journal has the details.

Rocky To Go Web-Only Following DNC? Unlikely.

Rocky Mountain News parent company E.W. Scripps Co. officially separated into two companies: a “struggling” one holding its newspaper properties and a “more successful” one for its cable TV and online holdings. The rumor going around town all spring and summer has been that the Rocky will drop the printing presses and transition to a Web-only product following the DNC in August, but we bet that instead it will do what the Denver Post is doing –– slowly eliminating pages until the print product essentially serves only as an advertising vehicle to get people to the Web site.