Classified Ventures Adds 3 Newspaper Groups

Online newspaper classified ad network Classified Ventures added Central Newspapers Inc., Gannett Co. Inc. and The McClatchy Co. as affiliates.

Chicago-based Classified Ventures offers auto, apartment and real estate
advertising listings, plus resources and services in 42 states through linked
local and national Web sites.

“With the addition of these major groups and their presence in 19 states not
previously covered by Classified Ventures, we are quickly building a truly
national network capable of delivering to consumers and advertisers the
Internet’s most comprehensive national and local classified advertising
listings and related information,” said Tim Landon, Classified Ventures’ chief
executive officer.

The network now has the resources of 135 newspapers that serve 35 of the
nation’s top 50 markets, Landon added.

“We believe that the best way to win nationally, is to win locally. The
strength of our newspapers’ local brands gives us a tremendous advantage
against competitors from outside the newspaper industry,” Landon said.

Affiliate Web sites offer online local classified listings, advertising and
information–including, for example, news about local schools and
communities–linked to
Classified Ventures’ nationally branded Internet sites. Affiliates also
contribute network content, such as additional new-car reviews, as well as
national advertising,
decision-support tools and services, such as car payment calculators and
financial service information.

Other newspaper companies involved are Knight Ridder, Times Mirror, Tribune
Co. and The Washington Post Co.

Classified Ventures currently operates the national Web site and the national site. In June, the company will adopt Knight Ridder’s brand for its real estate

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