Clarence Hanson Jr

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Clarence Bloodworth Hanson, Jr (born 1908; died 1983) was a publisher of The Birmingham News, having taken over the paper following the death of his uncle, Victor Hanson, in 1945.

In 1950 Hanson oversaw the creation of a groundbreaking joint operating agreement with the newly-formed Birmingham Post-Herald.

In 1955, Hanson sold the News, along with The Huntsville Times and WAPI-AM and WAPI-TV to Samuel I. Newhouse of New York, for $18.7 million. Vincent Townsend was hired as editor of the newspaper.

In 1978 Hanson oversaw the creation of separate "Community News" sections for the North, South, East and West sides of the Birmingham Metropolitan Area.

Hanson turned over the presidency of the Birmingham News Company to his son, Victor Hanson II in 1980. He died in 1983.

Hanson was inducted into the Birmingham Business Hall of Fame in 2002. The Clarence B. Hanson Jr Library at the Birmingham Museum of Art is named in his honor.

Preceded by:
Victor Hanson
Birmingham News Publisher
1945-1983
Succeeded by:
Victor Hanson II