Bay Area News Group to combine six dailies into two publications

Six daily newspapers in the Bay Area will be consolidated into two, one serving Oakland and the East Bay and the other Silicon Valley.

The Bay Area News Group announced Tuesday that in the East Bay, The Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, The Daily Review and The Argus will combine to become the new East Bay Times.

BANG’s vice president for audience Dan Smith says that in Silicon Valley, the San Jose Mercury News — the group’s flagship publication — and the San Mateo County Times will become the Mercury News.

Smith says subscribers in Oakland, Hayward and Fremont also will receive new community weeklies.

He says the changes, starting April 5, were prompted by a survey of subscribers.

Smith says there will be a modest reduction in staffing, but he would not provide details.

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