San Francisco Daily Papers to Fold

The AP:

MediaNews Group will combine 11 of its daily newspapers in the San Francisco Bay area into two to save money.

The shake-up announced Tuesday at the company built by Dean Singleton will affect newspapers located across the bay from San Francisco. Beginning Nov. 2, those newspapers will shed their distinct identities and adopt one of two new brands, the East Bay Tribune and The Times.

Terrible news. Memphis was a two-newspaper town until the Memphis Press-Scimitar closed back in 1983. The city isn’t any better for it.