The Contra Costa Times was a daily newspaper based in Walnut Creek, California, U.S. that is now published as the East Bay Times. The East Bay Times paper serves Contra Costa and eastern Alameda counties, in the eastern part of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Contra Costa Times also published four other editions under different titles (West County Times, East County Times, San Ramon Valley Times, and Valley Times) with essentially the same content, serving distinct communities within its circulation area. In 2007 the Contra Costa Times was merged with Alameda News Group to form a new entity called Bay Area News Group-East Bay (BANG-EB), which is in turn owned by MediaNews Group. The final editions of the newspaper under the names The Contra Costa Times, San Ramon Valley Times, East County Times, Tri-Valley Herald and San Joaquin Herald were scheduled to be published on November 1, 2011, however BANG announced on October 27, 2011 that it would retain several of the mastheads and combine the Tri-Valley Herald and San Joaquin Herald, along with The Valley Times under a new Tri-Valley Times masthead. Other Bay Area News Group mastheads to be retained included the Oakland Tribune, Hayward Daily Review, Fremont Argus and West County Times which were to be combined under a new East Bay Tribune title.[2] On April 5, 2016, the parent company Digital First Media folded the Contra Costa Times into a new newspaper called East Bay Times along with the company's other newspapers in the East Bay.[3][4]


1 History

1.1 Corporate ownership

2 References 3 External links

History[edit] The original Contra Costa Times was founded by Dean Lesher in 1947, and served central Contra Costa, especially Walnut Creek. However, Lesher began expanding by purchasing weekly newspapers in neighboring communities, as well as two eastern Contra Costa daily papers, the Antioch Ledger and the Pittsburg Post-Dispatch. Originally the weekly newspapers were free for shoppers, but Lesher gradually converted the papers to "controlled circulation" in 1962, an aggressive and expensive new strategy that called for free delivery of a copy to every household while asking readers to voluntarily buy subscriptions. Ultimately, the weeklies were converted into zoned daily editions called the West County Times (serving Richmond, El Cerrito, and western Contra Costa County), San Ramon Valley Times (serving the suburbs of the San Ramon Valley south of Walnut Creek) and the Valley Times (serving Livermore and the suburbs of eastern Alameda County), and the two East Contra Costa dailies were merged into a single edition, the Ledger-Dispatch, which gradually faded away, first being reduced to a thrice-weekly insert in the Contra Costa Times, then being replaced outright by the East County Times. The Times still produces 11 weekly community newspapers focusing on local news: Brentwood News (Brentwood, the town), Walnut Creek Journal (Walnut Creek), Concord Transcript (Concord), Lamorinda Sun (Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda), Pleasant Hill/Martinez Record (Pleasant Hill and Martinez), West County Weekly, and the components of the old Hills Newspapers chain The Montclarion (The Oakland hills neighborhood of Montclair), The Piedmonter (Piedmont), Alameda Journal (Alameda), Berkeley Voice (Berkeley), and El Cerrito Journal (El Cerrito). Corporate ownership[edit] Lesher died May 13, 1993. On August 29, 1995, his widow Margaret sold the privately held company to the Knight Ridder newspaper chain for $360 million.[5] Knight Ridder was later purchased by the Sacramento-based McClatchy Company in June 2006 in a deal valued at $4.5 billion. The deal was contingent on McClatchy selling off 12 of the 32 newspapers it had just purchased, including the Contra Costa Times. On April 26, 2006, it was announced that MediaNews Group, headed by William Dean Singleton, would purchase four of the "orphan 12," including the Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News, for $1 billion. Although that transaction was completed on August 2, 2006, a lawsuit claiming antitrust violations by MediaNews and the Hearst Corporation had also been filed in July 2006. The suit, which sought to undo the purchase of the four newspapers, was scheduled to go to trial on April 30, 2007. While extending until that date a preliminary injunction preventing collaboration of local distribution and national advertising sales by the two media conglomerates, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston on December 19, 2006 expressed doubt over the legality of the purchase.[6] On April 25, 2007, days before the trial was scheduled to begin, the parties reached a settlement in which MediaNews Group preserved its acquisitions.[7] References[edit]

^ "2007 Top 100 Daily Newspapers in the U.S. by Circulation" (PDF). BurrellesLuce. March 31, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2007.  ^ George Avalos. "Bay Area News Group announces it will retain East Bay mastheads". Oakland Tribune. Retrieved October 27, 2011.  ^ Marissa Lang (March 2, 2016). "Oakland loses Tribune, with paper folded into new East Bay Times". SFGate. Retrieved March 15, 2016.  ^ "Bay Area News Group consolidates newspapers in Silicon Valley, East Bay and on the Peninsula". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved 19 April 2016.  ^ Carl T. Hall; Erin Hallissy (August 29, 1995). "PAGE ONE – East Bay Newspaper Chain Sold / Knight-Ridder buys Contra Costa Times". SFGate. Retrieved January 7, 2014.  ^ Egelko, Bob (December 20, 2006). "Hearst-MediaNews ruling extended". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 5, 2007.  ^ Egelko, Bob (April 25, 2007). "Hearst, MediaNews Group settle Reilly suit". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 31, 2007. 

External links[edit]

Journalism portal San Francisco Bay Area portal

Official website California Newspaper Hall of Fame, Dean Lesher "Feds ask more time to look at sale of four KR papers" "Contra Costa Times to outsource customer service"

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