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Gannett Co., Inc. is the largest newspaper publisher in the United States.

The company publishes 85 daily newspapers in the U.S., including USA Today, and nearly 1,000 non-daily publications. The company’s U.S. daily newspapers have a combined daily paid circulation of approximately 7.2 million. Gannett also operates 23 television stations with a market reach of more than 20.1 million households.

Through its subsidiary, Newsquest, Gannett is the second largest regional newspaper publisher in the United Kingdom with a portfolio of more than 300 titles.

Gannett also has investments in several Internet-related ventures, including CareerBuilder (employment advertising); Classified Ventures (auto and real estate ads); (news content aggregator); Shermans Travel (online travel service); Shop Local (online marketing solutions); and 4INFO (mobile phone search services).[1]

Top competitors are McClatchy Company, News Corporation, and Tribune Company. [1]


In Denver, Sacramento, Atlanta and Cleveland, radio stations owned by the Gannett media conglomerate have adopted "advertainment" - a new programming format that consists of "hybrid shows, which mix entertainment with commercial content (in addition to regular commercial breaks)." In Minneapolis, Gannett affiliate KARE plans this spring to "revamp its chatty mid-morning talk show 'Today,' and put much of that happy talk up for sale," writes Deborah Caulfield Rybak. [2] "Advertisers will pay $2,000 to $2,500 for 5-minute segments on the show. ... 'I am aghast,' said University of Minnesota media ethics professor Jane Kirtley, who at first thought a reporter was kidding about the new format. 'This is the logical extension of the whole pernicious practice of infomercials. If viewers are accustomed to getting [talk show] programming in a very different way, to suddenly change the rules on them isn't fair.'"


Executives and 2007 pay:[2]

Board of Directors

Contact details

7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22107
Phone: (703) 854-6000
Fax: (703) 854-2053


Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Gannett Profile, Hoovers, accessed June 2008.
  2. Management Committee, Gannett, accessed June 2008.
  3. Craig A Dubow, Forbes, accessed June 2008.
  4. Paul Davidson, Forbes, accessed June 2008.
  5. Gracia C Martore, Forbes, accessed June 2008.
  6. Craig A Moon, Forbes, accessed June 2008.
  7. Board of Directors, Gannett, accessed June 2008.

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