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Tribune Publishing, whose newspapers include the Chicago Tribune and New York Daily News , recently tried to revive merger talks with Gannett two years after a deal fell through. It could be a sign that consolidation likely will accelerate this year as newspaper publishers seek greater scale to compete for digital ad dollars. Tribune executives approached Gannett several times late last year, The Wall Street Journal reported this week. Tribune CEO Justin Dearborn discussed a potential deal with Gannett Chairman John Jeffry Louis, unnamed sources told the newspaper. USA Today publisher Gannett received a takeover offer this week from a hedge fund-backed media group that in 2016 was unable ... Full story

18 January