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The North County Times was a local newspaper in San Diego's North County. It was headquartered in Escondido. The final publisher was Peter York.

North County Times
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)MLIM Holdings (U-T San Diego)
PublisherPeter York
EditorKent Davy
FoundedNorth County Blade-Citizen: 1929 (heritage dating to 1892)
Escondido Times-Advocate: 1909 (heritage dating to 1889)
North County Times: 1995
Ceased publicationOctober 15, 2012 (Merged into U-T San Diego)
Headquarters207 E Pennsylvania Ave.
Escondido, California 92025
United States
Circulation78,181 daily
79,067 Sunday[1]

It was formed in 1995 from the merger of the North County Blade-Citizen of Oceanside (founded 1929) and the Escondido Times-Advocate (founded 1909) by Howard Publications.[2] Beginning in 1997, the Times also published The Californian in Temecula, located in southwest Riverside County. The newspaper was published with three local editions including The Californian.[2] Lee Enterprises acquired Howard in 2002.

From 2008 through 2011, the paper laid off dozens of staff members, including at least a third of its editorial/newsroom staff.[3]

Doug Manchester, owner of U-T San Diego (known as The San Diego Union-Tribune after 2015[4]), bought the North County Times from Lee Enterprises in September 2012 for just under $12 million.[5] One third of the staff was laid off.[6] Subsequently, the print edition of the newspaper was folded into the U-T and called U-T North County Times, which is an edition of U-T San Diego and combines North County-specific content with features and columns from the U-T.[7][8] The North County Times headquarters in Escondido were sold to the Classical Academy charter school.[9]

On March 7, 2013, the separate U-T North County Times name was dropped and a U-T North County edition produced which further integrates U-T with North County-specific pages, while eliminating differences between the two. Previously both the U-T North County Times and the regular U-T were sold side by side at newsstands.[10] Californian readers were merged into the U-T Californian, which includes a front section of Southwest Riverside County-specific content with the remaining content from the U-T North County edition.[11] As of May 28, 2013, publication of the U-T Californian was terminated, and it was also reported that the distinct content of the North County edition was being de-emphasized.[12][13] In January 2013, U-T San Diego took the archives of the North County Times offline; since then finding North County Times articles has been "hit or miss at best, mostly miss", according to the San Diego Reader.[14]


  1. ^ "Lee Enterprises: Newspapers". Lee Enterprises. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
  2. ^ a b "What We Do". North County Times. Archived from the original on September 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
  3. ^ [1] Archived April 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Beutner, Austin (March 15, 2015). "LA Times, Union-Tribune Combine Forces". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  5. ^ [2] Archived September 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "One-Third of Staff at North County Times To Lose Jobs". Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  7. ^ "U-T Combines with North County Times". NBC 7 San Diego. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  8. ^ Becket Adams. "San Diego Media Baron Expands Business to Promote Conservatism". The Blaze. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  9. ^ [3] Archived October 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "CHANGES HAVE ARRIVED FOR U-T'S NORTH COUNTY READERS". U-T San Diego. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  11. ^ "REGION: A new era begins". U-T San Diego. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  12. ^ "U-T San Diego closes Californian supplement", Associated Press in Sacramento Bee, May 28, 2013.
  13. ^ Alison St John, "U-T San Diego Phases Out North County Edition",, May 30, 2013.
  14. ^ Bruce Kauffman (2 April 2013). "North County Times online archives awash in the ether". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 6 November 2014.

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