By: Editorial Staff
l Dec. 31, 1983: Company founded with purchase of The Gloucester County Times in Woodbury, N.J.
l Sept. 30, 1984: Today’s Sunbeam in Salem, N.J., purchased.
l April 28, 1985: Garden State Newspapers Inc. formed in partnership with Media General Inc., and MediaNews Group created as managing company.
l July 1, 1985: Hayward, Calif.-based Sparks Newspapers, with three daily newspapers that would form the AIameda Newspaper Group, purchased.
l May 2, 1986: Seven daily newspapers from Harte-Hanks Communications and two from Allbritton Communications bought in the largest purchase made to that date. All nine eventually would be sold at substantial profit to provide capital for future purchases.
l Sept. 5, 1986: The Dallas Times Herald pur-chased from the Times-Mirror Co. The paper was sold 21 months later to a company
controlled by John Buzzetta, a former
l Nov. 9, 1987: The Houston Post purchased from the Toronto Sun Co. The paper was sold 71/2 years later to the Hearst Corp., owner of the competing Houston Chronicle.
l Dec. 1, 1987: The Denver Post Co. pur-chased from Times Mirror.
l March 1, 1988: The York (Pa.) Dispatch
purchased from the Young family.
l Sept. 1, 1988: York (Pa.) Sunday News added.
l Feb. 1, 1989: Joint operating agreement (JOA) with competing York Daily Record to form the York Newspaper Co. in Pennsylvania announced.
l Sept. 1, 1988: Las Cruces (N.M.) Sun-News purchased from Worrell Enterprises.
l Feb. 1, 1992: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner purchased from the Snedden family.
l Nov. 19, 1992: The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune purchased from Robert Maynard.
l May 19, 1994: All Media General shares in Garden State Newspaper Inc. purchased, gaining 100% ownership for MediaNews Group.
l Sept. 1, 1995: The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass., and three sister dailies pur-chased from the Miller family.
l March 1, 1996: The San Mateo County(Calif.) Times purchased from the Clinton family.
l Nov. 1, 1996: San Gabriel Valley (Calif.) Newspaper Group purchased from Thomson Newspapers to begin formation of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, with dailies in Eureka, Calif., and Hanover, Pa., bought in the same transaction.
l Feb. 12, 1997: MediaNews Technologies formed to develop Internet technologies and investments.
l March 1, 1997: Daily newspapers purchased from Thomson Newspapers in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Fitchburg, Mass.; and Lebanon, Pa.
l Aug. 1. 1997: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun pur-chased from the Costello family.
l Dec. 17, 1997: The Long Beach, Calif., Press-Telegram purchased from Knight Ridder.
l Feb. 17, 1998: Los Angeles Daily News pur-chased from the estate of Jack Kent Cooke.
l Aug. 24, 1998: Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail purchased from Thomson Newspapers.
l Sept. 1, 1998: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror purchased from the Freeman family.
l Oct. 1, 1998: Farmington (N.M.) Daily Times purchased from the O’Brien family.
l April 1, 1999: California Newspaper Partnership formed with Donrey Media and Gannett, adding 12 California daily newspapers.
l June 30, 1999: Half of Media General’s interest in The Denver Post purchased, moving ownership to 80% from 60%, with agreement to purchase the remaining 20% within five years.
l Sept. 1, 1999: All affiliated companies,
including Garden State Newspapers and Denver Newspapers, are consolidated into one
company called MediaNews Group Inc.
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