July 21, 2016 Last Updated 10:54 am

Gannett says it will consolidate editing and design of its Corpus Christi newspaper in Arizona

The Post said today that the publisher of USA Today and regional newspapers, still is interested in acquiring the papers of Tribune Publishing

The Gannett newspaper chain – which still has its eyes on Tribune Publishing, now absurdly named tronc – announced that its Corpus Christi editing and design center will be merged with operation in Phoenix, Arizona. Gannett publishes the Arizona Republic.

CCCT-200-aGannett acquired the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in April as part of its acquisition of the Journal Media Group. Journal Media Group was formed just last year, when Journal Communications, publisher of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, swapped its broadcast properties with EW Scripps, with Scripps sending over its newspaper properties, including the Corpus Christi Caller-Times (you followed all that?).

Forty-two jobs are at stake in the consolidation, though the company saying it would consider Texas employees for new positions being created in Arizona, or at its design studios in Iowa, Kentucky, New Jersey or Tennessee.

“The Corpus Christi team is responsible for exceptional, award-winning editing and design,” said Mizell Stewart III, Vice President/News Operations for Gannett. “Gannett’s Design Studios produce dynamic and engaging print pages for both high-end magazines and all of the company’s daily newspapers. I am hopeful that we can find new roles for team members in our other Studios.”

Gannett announces its second quarter earnings next week.

The NY Post last night claimed that talks have actually begun between Gannett and tronc, the publisher of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. The Post says, however, that CEO Michael Ferro did not attend the meetings.

As for tronc, it has not yet announced when it will announce earnings. It recently moved from the NYSE to the NASDAQ, where the big tech companies trade.

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