Bay Area News Group
|Headquarters||4000 Executive Parkway, Suite 200 San Ramon, California 94583 United States|
Bay Area News Group (BANG) is the largest publisher of daily and weekly newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including its flagship The Mercury News. A subsidiary of the Denver, Colorado based MediaNews Group, its corporate headquarters is in San Ramon, California and publication offices in San Jose and Walnut Creek, although the Walnut Creek location was scheduled to be closed under a 2011 restructuring. Previously known as ANG (Alameda News Group), the name changed to Bay Area News Group in 2006 after the MediaNews Group bought The Mercury News and Contra Costa Times from McClatchy Co. Most production aspects have now moved to The Mercury News facilities in San Jose, California.
The structure allows the company to share stories between its various newspapers, meaning one reporter can get the story for all the publications.
BANG daily newspapers include the following:
BANG's newspapers collectively cover the East Bay, South Bay, Peninsula, and Marin County. It has beat reporters covering San Jose and Oakland but none for San Francisco, where it cedes coverage here to the San Francisco Chronicle, its main competitor. On the other hand, the Chronicle doesn't cover the South Bay as BANG does via The Mercury News. BANG's only coverage in the North Bay is Marin County.
On August 23, 2011, the company announced the reorganization of 11 of its newspapers, with shuttering of all of its East Bay mastheads under two new publications as of November 2, 2011. The planned merger and publication reorganization was modified in October 2011, when BANG decided to scrap plans to launch the East Bay Tribune and instead consolidate its East Bay newspapers under the Oakland Tribune name, those newspapers to be shuttered and folded into the new publications.
- The Oakland Tribune, Alameda Times-Star, Hayward Daily Review, Fremont Argus and West County Times were scheduled to publish their last editions on November 1, 2011. The following day, subscribers were to get copies of the new East Bay Tribune.
- The Contra Costa Times, San Ramon Valley Times, East County Times, Tri-Valley Herald and San Joaquin Herald were scheduled to become the new The Times.
- The San Mateo Times was scheduled to publish its last issue on November 1, 2011. As of Nov. 2, 2011, subscribers were to get localized versions of the San Jose Mercury News.
In March 2016, BANG announced it would further consolidate its newspapers down to two: The East Bay Times and The Mercury News, eliminating the Oakland Tribune and the other papers.
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