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Anderson to Become Acting Head of Detroit Newspaper Agency

McLEAN, VA – Gannett Co., Inc. (NYCE: GCI) announced today that Gary L. Anderson will become acting president and CEO of the Detroit Newspaper Agency on Jan. 1, 2005. He will replace Frank J. Vega, who retired to become president and publisher of the Hearst Corporation’s San Francisco Chronicle.

The announcement of Anderson’s appointment was made in conjunction with Knight Ridder (NYSE:KRI), which is a partner with Gannett in the Detroit agency. Gannett owns The Detroit News and Knight Ridder owns The Detroit Free Press, the two newspapers operated by the Detroit Newspaper Agency.

Anderson, 49, is executive vice president and CFO of the agency. He will assume his expanded role while the agency’s management committee considers its options, said Gary Watson, president of Gannett’s Newspaper Division.

“Doug McCorkindale and I want to congratulate Frank on his appointment. We wish him and his family all the best,” Watson said. “His leadership of the agency during the good times and the tough times has been exemplary. He will be missed.” McCorkindale is chairman, president and CEO of Gannett.

Gannett Co., Inc. is a leading international news and information company that publishes 101 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns more than 600 non-daily publications in the USA and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom’s second largest regional newspaper company. Newsquest publishes more than 300 titles, including 17 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett also operates 21 television stations in the United States and is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by its TV stations and newspapers including, one of the most popular news sites on the Web.

For more information, contact:
Tara Connell
Vice President of Corporate Communications
Gannett Co., Inc.