In more than two decades around the news business, I’ve never heard worse first-hand horror stories about a news organization’s ethical standards that I have about those of the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Despite ethics that would make Stephen Glass blush, Bruce Brugmann and the Bay Guardian represent an evaporating breed: The truly local, homegrown Bay Area media company.
But don’t be fooled by the name: The San Francisco Newspaper Company LLC is about as San Francisco as a ten-gallon hat stuffed with deep-dish pizza.
Its investors include David Holmes Black, founder of Black Press Group Ltd., a private Canadian publisher of mostly small-time weeklies, and Examiner publisher Todd Vogt, a former Hollinger exec with a history of shady newspaper deals.
If the Canadian-tinged owners of the Examiner complete their purchase of the Bay Guardian, the domination of Bay Area media by out-of-town behemoths is all but complete.
From newspapers to television stations, from alt-weeklies to snarky blogs, the deep pockets of the Bay Area media landscape reside mostly in places like New York City and Atlanta. Run through the list, if you like:
Bay Area media outlet ownership
|SFBay.ca||SFBay Media Associates LLC||Mission District|
|San Francisco Chronicle||Hearst Newspapers||New York|
|San Jose Mercury News||Digital First Media||New York|
|Oakland Tribune||Digital First Media||New York|
|Marin Independent Journal||Digital First Media||New York|
|Contra Costa Times||Digital First Media||New York|
|San Francisco Examiner||San Francisco Newspaper Company LLC||San Francisco*|
|San Francisco Bay Guardian||Bruce Brugmann||San Francisco|
|SF Weekly||Village Voice Media||New York|
|KNTV-11 TV||NBC||New York|
|KGO-7 TV||ABC||New York|
|KQED-9 TV||Northern California Public Broadcasting||San Francisco|
|KRON-4 TV||Young Broadcasting||New York|
|KCBS-AM||CBS Corporation||New York|
|KALW-FM||San Francisco Unified School District||San Francisco|
|SFist||Gothamist LLC||New York|
|Huffington Post||AOL, Inc.||New York|
* – Allegedly.