By Ben Adler
Monterey, CA – The Monterey County Herald is changing ownership - not once, but twice - and as of today, the paper's future remains uncertain. Knight-Ridder has owned the 84-year-old local paper since 1997, but was forced to put the Herald and all its other papers up for sale, under pressure from shareholders. Over the weekend, Knight Ridder agreed to sell its papers to the McClatchy Company, and Monday, McClatchy announced that it would sell off 12 of those publications, including the Herald, the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times.
KAZU's Ben Adler talks with John McManus, the director of the website www.gradethenews.org at San Jose State University, which rates and critiques print and broadcast news in the San Francisco Bay Area; and Herald political reporter Joe Livernois, who's also The Newspaper Guild's Unit Chairman in Monterey.