MCT Wire to Offer Content from McClatchy, Most Ex-KR Papers

By: Dave Astor

The former Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services (KRT) is now offering content from the Minneapolis Star Tribune — and also hopes to offer content from other McClatchy-owned newspapers, perhaps as soon as January.

KRT was renamed McClatchy-Tribune Information Services (MCT) last week, soon after the sale of Knight Ridder newspapers to the McClatchy Company was completed.

McClatchy newspapers currently provide content to the Scripps-McClatchy Western Service and the New York Times News Service, according to Howard Weaver, the McClatchy Company’s vice president/news. The McClatchy Company is hoping to renegotiate those agreements as part of the effort to move McClatchy papers into MCT. “We’d like all our papers involved with the news wire we’re involved with,” Weaver said when reached by E&P Friday.

McClatchy papers include The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., and many others.

MCT will continue to offer content from former Knight Ridder papers, and has also invited most of the Knight Ridder papers sold by McClatchy to join MCT.

Weaver said the formerly Knight Ridder-owned St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press is no longer with MCT now that the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a Pioneer Press competitor, has joined MCT. (The Star Tribune also continues to contribute to Scripps-McClatchy Western Service and the New York Times News Service, according to Weaver.)

Also, MCT will continue to offer content from Tribune Co.-owned papers and from other papers.

Tribune Media Services, which marketed KRT, continues as the marketer for MCT.

What does Weaver think of McClatchy now having a stake in the former KRT? “I see it as a big opportunity for us,” he replied. “It’s a tremendous asset for all our news operations, both print and online.”

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