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Gannett (GCI)

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Trisha Gosser SVP, Finance and IR
Mike Reed Chairman and CEO
Doug Horne CFO
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Operator

Greetings, and welcome to Gannett's Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. A brief question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. I would now like to turn this conference over to your host, Ms. Relations. Investor Gosser, Trisha ma'am. ahead, go Please

You may begin.

Trisha Gosser

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Doug Horne

Thank you, morning, and everyone. Mike, good

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Mike Reed

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Operator

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