The Oakland Tribune will be renamed the East Bay Tribune effective this November, its parent company, the Bay Area News Group, announced today. In addition, the West County Times, the Alameda Times-Star, the Daily Review of Hayward, and the Argus of Fremont, will be renamed as the East Bay Tribune — although each paper will have a separate local news section that covers its community.
Meanwhile, the Contra Costa Times, Valley Times, Tri-Valley Herald, San Joaquin Herald, and East County Times will all become known as The Times — although each will have separate local sections as well. The San Mateo County Times will become an edition of the San Jose Mercury News, focusing on Peninsula issues.
As part of the consolidation and renaming, BANG says it will eliminate 120 jobs, primarily in production and news.
BANG also is launching two weekly newspapers in the East Bay: The Valley Journal, which will serve Alamo, Danville, and San Ramon; and the Times-Herald, which will cover Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and Sunol.
BANG also plans to consolidate its production operations into three facilities in Concord, Hayward, and San Jose. The news company plans to close its longtime production facility in Walnut Creek.