If you ever hoped to keep something on the down low, it's best not to announce it in front of a command gathering of multiple newspaper staffs. Newsrooms are not impregnable fortresses.
"Unless I can find local partners, I'm not gonna do the deal," Vogt says. "I've got 25 days to do a deal or sell out."
If the latter scenario comes to pass, SF Weekly, the Guardian, and the Examiner will become properties of the Oahu Press; the BAR, which is owned by Vogt and Pat Brown outside of the San Francisco Print Media Company, is not affected.
Dennis Francis, the president and publisher of Oahu Press, addressed the newsroom this afternoon in the aforementioned all-hands meeting. Asked outright about shuttering papers and reducing staffs, he stated that's not his company's intention. He did, however, add the caveat "never say never."