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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Houston Chronicle takes over Texas...sort of

Looks like newspaper owner Hearst Corporation is restructuring how it runs its Texas newspaper empire:

The Houston Chronicle and five other Texas newspapers owned by the Hearst Corp. are forming the Hearst Texas Media Group, the company announced Thursday. The new structure is designed to better serve the six communities, while increasing sharing between the properties and eliminating duplication.

Jack Sweeney, publisher and president of the Houston Chronicle, will serve as group president of the Texas operation. Tom Stephenson, publisher and president of the San Antonio Express-News, will serve as group general manager. The other newspapers in the group are the Beaumont Enterprise, Laredo Morning Times, Midland Reporter-Telegram and Plainview Daily Herald.

In a note to the staffs of the Texas newspapers, Sweeney said the moves are an effort to consolidate operations as much as possible, with twin goals of increasing revenue and reducing expenses. READ THE REST

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