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What Happens When Knight Ridder Takes Over Your Hometown Paper?

Earlier this year, the nation's second largest news media company, Knight Ridder, bought a chain of free daily newspapers in California including the Palo Alto Daily News, Los Gatos Daily News, Burlingame Daily News, Redwood City Daily News and San Mateo Daily News. Here is a collection of stories about the subsequent changes in those markets, including an interview with Knight Ridder CEO Tony Ridder, about the changes in those markets. All stories appeared in The Palo Alto Weekly online edition.

Knight Ridder CEO says no changes planned for Daily News
Immediate plans call for present management to continue despite corporate buyout of scrappy five-paper chain

Weekly publisher reacts to Daily News sale
Palo Alto Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson said the sale of the Daily News chain "should be great news" from a readers' standpoint.

'If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em'
Residents, officials wonder if sale to giant Knight Ridder chain will tame the Daily News

Editorial: Deeper questions in Daily News sale
Sharp contrast between Knight Ridder's corporate policies and small dailies' attack-journalism leaves many scratching heads about meaning, impact of purchase.