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USA Today owner Gannett to split newspapers, television in spin-off

Published on Aug 6, 2014 3:12 AM
A copy of USA Today is displayed at a newsstand on August 5, 2014 in San Francisco, California. USA Today owner Gannett Company announced plans to spin off its publishing business and create two publicly traded companies in order to separate its publishing division from its broadcasting and digital businesses. -- PHOTO: AFP 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US media giant Gannett announced plans on Tuesday to split into two separate firms, one for broadcast and digital, and the other for newspapers including its national daily USA Today.

“The bold actions we are announcing today are significant next steps in our ongoing initiatives to increase shareholder value by building scale, increasing cash flow, sharpening management focus and strengthening all of our businesses to compete effectively in today’s increasingly digital landscape,” said Gannett president and chief executive Gracia Martore.

Gannett becomes the latest media conglomerate to spin off struggling print news operations from faster-growth operations such as television.

It comes on the heels of similar moves by Rupert Murdoch’s media-entertainment empire that split into 21st Century Fox and News Corp, and a spin-off by Tribune Co of its newspaper assets.

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