Six Heart-owned Taxas papers have banded together to form the descriptively-named Hearst Texas Media Group. Participating papers include the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, the Beaumont Enterprise, the Laredo Morning Times, the Midland Reporter-Telegram and the Plainview Daily Herald.
The Houston Chronicle‘s publisher and president, Jack Sweeney, will serve as the group’s president, and Tom Stephenson, publisher and president of the San Antonio Express-News, will act as its general manager.
Bill Offill, who joined the Houston Chronicle in 1987, will take on the role of publisher of the Beaumont Enterprise. He succeeds John Newhouse, who is leaving the company.
Matthew Oliver will be in charge of the group’s production and distribution and Scott Frantzen will become a vice president, working with Oliver on distribution.
Houston Chronicle editor Jeff Cohen will be in charge of collaborative efforts among the newspapers’ staffs.
Executive vice president of the Houston Chronicle Stephen Weiss will take on the duties of overseeing advertising and digital services for the group.
Executive vice president of finance and administration Susan Pape will head finance and administration for the group.
Chris Blaser, formerly vice president of circulation at the San Francisco Chronicle, has promoted to senior vice president there. He will also run consumer marketing for the Texas newspapers. Working with Blaser will be Gene Haddock, who oversees circulation for the Houston Chronicle.
In a letter to staffers, Sweeney and Stephenson said the change was meant to “consolidate” the papers… which means that, inevitably, some positions will be eliminated in a cost-cutting measure.