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Gannett Names Hidlay President, Publisher of Two New Jersey Newspapers

McLEAN, VA – William C. “Skip” Hidlay has been named president and publisher of the Courier News in Bridgewater, NJ, and the Home News Tribune in East Brunswick, NJ, it was announced today by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).

Hidlay had been serving as acting president and publisher of the two newspapers since March. Previously, he was the executive editor and vice president/news of the Asbury Park (NJ) Press.

“Skip’s energy and enthusiasm, combined with his 28 years of award-winning journalism experience, make him an excellent fit for these two Gannett newspapers,” said Robert Dickey, president of U.S. Community Publishing for Gannett. “He is a leader, with a commitment to the region and an understanding of both readers and advertisers. We are pleased to make this appointment permanent.”

Hidlay began his journalism career as a reporter at his hometown newspaper, the Press-Enterprise in Bloomsburg, Pa., in 1980. He worked at newspapers in North Carolina for six years and at The Associated Press, where he was a reporter and editor for ten years.

Hidlay began his Gannett career in 1996, joining Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ, as managing editor. He was promoted to executive editor of the newspaper in 1997 and took the top editing job at the Asbury Park Press in 2002.

Hidlay is a graduate of Syracuse University.

Gannett Co., Inc. is a leading international news and information company that publishes 85 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns nearly 900 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 nearly 300 titles, including 17 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett also operates 23 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.

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