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Houston Chronicle for sale?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by GuessWho, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. GuessWho

    GuessWho Active Member

    Have heard some rumors. Anyone else hearing anything?
  2. Monday Morning Sportswriter

    Monday Morning Sportswriter Well-Known Member

    Unless the paper is in financial trouble, I wouldn't believe it.
  3. brettwatson

    brettwatson Active Member

    Hearst style is to dump its paper when its in a competitive market, not when it's got the upper hand. Still, for the right price, I'm sure they would listen. It's not like the HouChron is regarded as one of the nation's premier outfits.
  4. tyler durden 71351

    tyler durden 71351 Active Member

    That's a damn shame too. Houston is a huge city with a hell of a lot going on. There's no reason for that not to be one of the top 10 papers in the U.S. (even if it gets hot enough there in the summer to melt steel)
  5. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    I doubt it. Hearst is privately held, has a monopoly in Houston, also owns Beaumont and San Antonio as well as some farther-away Texas papers, and just invested a ton of money in helping Singleton buy a bunch of KR papers from McClatchy. Selling makes zero sense.
  6. schrdp2002

    schrdp2002 Member

    Can we get a source on this rumor?
  7. Houston

    Houston New Member

    Yep. That's true.

    Dallas' and SA's papers pretty much make the Chronicle look like a laughingstock.
  8. Why is it bad?
  9. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Here is one example.
    The Chronicle ran a graphic with the times, dates and places for the state championship football games all week. It included the six-man state championship games. Only problem was, the six-man state championship games were played Dec. 16.
  10. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    It's more than just the details. It doesn't help that Houston is a poor sports town, with low levels of interest for its pro teams, zero-interest colleges and, for Texas, less passion for high schools. The main columnist is not that great, and the overall look is old and uninspiring. The readership doesn't seem to demand much better, either. But it would take a lot for Hearst to give up a one-paper metro market.
  11. bballscribe

    bballscribe Member

    Bingo. The sports interest is so apathetic here. I don't know what the deal is, or why, but Dallas and SA puts us to shame. Hell, Austin deserves pro teams more than we do.
  12. Why would a big city like Houston only be able to support one paper? How does a city that large become a one-paper town?

    (I ask in general, not specifically about Houston, but feel free to talk about Houston if it's an instructive example.)
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