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Boccardi Joins Gannett’s Board of Directors

McLEAN, VA – Louis D. Boccardi, retired president and CEO of The Associated Press, was elected today to the Board of Directors of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).

Boccardi becomes the ninth member of the Board. He will serve a two-year term, and will be eligible for re-election in 2005.

“I am truly pleased that Lou has agreed to join Gannett’s Board of Directors. He brings to the table great knowledge and understanding of the practice, as well as the business, of journalism. His wisdom and expertise will be invaluable to our company,” said Douglas H. McCorkindale, chairman, president and CEO of Gannett.

Boccardi retired from The Associated Press in May after 36 years. He joined the AP as executive assistant to the general news editor in 1967 after eight years with New York City newspapers including the World-Telegram and Sun. He served as managing editor, executive editor, vice president and executive vice president of the AP before becoming its 11th president in 1985.

He has taken a lead role in the news industry on key First Amendment and freedom of the press issues. He is a member and former chairman of the Pulitzer Prize board.

Gannett Co., Inc. is a leading international news and information company that publishes 100 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns in excess of 400 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 22 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.

Media contact:
Tara Connell
Vice President of Corporate Communications
Gannett Co., Inc.
(703) 854-6049