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With 'Rocky' Folded, MediaNews Picking Up All of 'Boulder Daily Camera'

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With 'Rocky' Folded, MediaNews Picking Up All of 'Boulder Daily Camera'

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While the closing of the Rocky Mountain News made headlines around the globe, a related development was little noticed outside of Colorado: MediaNews Group will soon take complete control of The Daily Camera in Boulder and two other dailies.

E.W. Scripps Co. -- which folded the Rocky and exited the joint operating agreement (JOA) with Denver Post publisher MediaNews -- sold to MediaNews its 50% stake in Prairie Mountain Publishing, the owner of the Daily Camera, The Broomfield Enterprise and the student newspaper, the Colorado Daily.

MediaNews and Scripps had been equal partners in Prairie Mountain for the past three years. The sale to MediaNews is expected to close in a few months.

Scripps CEO Rich Boehne told local media last week that no significant money changed hands in the deal to exit the JOA and the Prairie Mountain partnership.

In a meeting with employees of the newspapers late last week, MediaNews CEO William Dean Singleton said there were no radical changes contemplated at Prairie Mountain. No layoffs are planned as a result of the takeover, Camera Publisher Al Manzi said.

"You put out a pretty darn good-looking newspaper, so I'm not sure you want to screw with it," Singleton told employees, according to an account by Broomfield Enterprise reporter Alicia Wallace. …

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