Tribune Content Agency

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Tribune Content Agency
  • Chicago Tribune Syndicate
  • Chicago Tribune-Daily News Syndicate, Inc.
  • Tribune-New York (Daily) News Syndicate
  • Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate
  • Tribune Company Syndicate
  • Tribune Media Services
Industry Media
Founded 1918; 100 years ago (1918)
Founder Joseph Medill Patterson
Headquarters Chicago, United States
Area served
United States
Parent Tronc

Tribune Content Agency (TCA) is a syndication company owned by Tronc.

TCA had previously been known as the Chicago Tribune Syndicate, the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate (CTNYNS), Tribune Company Syndicate, and Tribune Media Services.

TCA is headquartered in Chicago, and had offices in various American cities (Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Queensbury, New York; Arlington, Texas; Santa Monica, California), the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong.


Joseph Medill Patterson founded the Chicago Tribune Syndicate in 1918, managed by Arthur Crawford.[1] In 1933, Patterson (who was then based in New York, running the Tribune's sister paper, the New York Daily News),[1] launched the Chicago Tribune-Daily News Syndicate, Inc. (also known as the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate and the Tribune-New York (Daily) News Syndicate).[2][3]

Upon the acquisition of Times Mirror Company in 2000, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate was merged into Tribune Media Services.

On June 12, 2014, Tribune Media Services was merged into Gracenote.[4] After the 2016 split of Tribune Company assets between Tribune Media and Tribune Publishing, now Tronc, Gracenote went to Tribune Media (who would sell it to Nielsen in that year) while newspaper syndication content remained with Tronc under the name Tribune Content Agency.

Products and Services[edit]

TCA distributes media products, such as news, comic strips, television listings and other information services to publications across the United States, Canada, and other countries in a variety of languages,[citation needed] for both print and web syndication.

Through its subscription services, TCA offered access to the following information services: ABC News, Gannett News Services, Kiplinger's Consumer News, and the Los Angeles Times World Report.[5]

Its content delivery site is subscription service for newspapers and other media channels. The content provided includes comics, puzzles, games, editorial cartoons, as well as feature content packages. The content delivery site also marketed content from other sources, such as U.S. News & World Report. The service had a partnership with The McClatchy Company providing multimedia content and info graphics worldwide.[6]

TCA also offered products and services for niche markets via TCA Specialty Products.[7]

TCA has, worldwide, 600-plus contributors and serves more than 1,200 clients, services and resellers.[8]


  • James Pinnick, GM News & Features
  • Karen Eich, Director of Operations
  • Joyce Winnecke, Vice President and Associate Editor
  • Mary Elson, Managing Editor
  • Scott Cameron, Director of Sales and Domestic Syndication
  • Sarah Bright, Manager of Product Development
  • Wayne Lown, Director of MCT Sales & Marketing
  • Ryan Stephens, Director of International Sales
  • Oliver Cahalan, Regional Executive
  • Rick DeChantal, Manager, Sales
  • Vince Navarro, Manager IP Relations/MCT
  • Steve Tippie, Vice President of Licensing and News & Features New Market Development

Comic strips[edit]

Strips as of 2015[edit]

Discontinued strips[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Watson, Elmo Scott. "The Era of Consolidation, 1890-1920" (Chapter VII), in A History Of Newspaper Syndicates In The United States, 1865-1935 (Western Newspaper Union, 1936), archived at Stripper's Guide
  2. ^ "Tribune Company History". Funding Universe. Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  3. ^ "International Directory of Company Histories". 63. St. James Press. 2004. 
  4. ^ "Tribune to merge Media Services into Gracenote operations | Social TV | News". 2014-06-12. Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  5. ^ "Solutions". Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  6. ^ "Enterprise". Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  7. ^ "Content on Demand for Special Sections and Niche Publications". TMS Specialty Products. Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  8. ^ "FAQ: What is MCT". Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  9. ^ Astor, Dave. "Mike Peters Moves To King," Editor & Publisher (November 27, 2002).
  10. ^ Press release. "King Features to Syndicate Shoe Comic Strip: Distribution of Popular Feature Begins September 1, 2008," Business Wire (August 2008).

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