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McClatchy Declares Bankruptcy

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#1 LFC

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 09:25 AM

McClatchy is the latest newspaper group to hit hard times.


McClatchy—one of America’s biggest newspaper publishers and owner of the Miami Herald, Charlotte Observer, and Kansas City Star—filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday. The Washington Post reports the company’s 30 newspapers will keep rolling out during the Chapter 11 bankruptcy-protection process, which will allow it to forward a plan to eliminate 60 percent of the company’s $700 million in debt. If the courts approve the plan, control of the publisher will be handed to the company’s largest creditor, the hedge fund Chatham Asset Management. The publisher has been plagued by financial problems ever since a $4.5 billion takeover by rival Knight-Ridder in 2006, worsened by the decline of print newspaper sales. “The problem is that as of 2015, Google and Facebook make up about 75 percent of the digital ad dollar in U.S. markets,” said Penny Abernathy, the Knight Chair of journalism at the University of North Carolina. “That’s not enough to sustain the newsrooms McClatchy inherited from Knight-Ridder.”

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 09:34 AM

View PostLFC, on 13 February 2020 - 09:25 AM, said:


That’s not enough to sustain the newsrooms debt McClatchy inherited from Knight-Ridder.

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 02:50 PM

The purchase of Knight Ridder came at the wrong time...newspaper business was undergoing huge change to digital and lack of classified advertising and general advertising. A friend of mine is employed by my local paper (which is the origin of McClatchy News) watched many, many employees get laid of, waiting for his time to get axed. Now the employees are wondering if they will have pensions to retire on.

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