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This excerpt taken from the GCI 10-Q filed Nov 8, 2007.

NOTE 2 – Recently issued accounting standards

In September 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 157 “Fair Value Measurements” (SFAS No. 157). SFAS No. 157 establishes a common definition for fair value, creates a framework for measuring fair value, and expands disclosure requirements about such fair value measurements. SFAS No. 157 is effective for the company’s first quarter of 2008. Management is in the process of studying the impact of this standard on the company’s financial accounting and reporting.

In February 2007, the FASB issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 159 “The Fair Value Option for Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities” (SFAS No. 159). This statement is effective for the company at the beginning of fiscal year 2008. SFAS No. 159 provides companies with an option to report selected financial assets and liabilities at fair value. Additionally, SFAS No. 159 also established presentation and disclosure requirements designed to facilitate comparisons between companies that choose different measurement attributes for similar types of assets and liabilities. Management is currently evaluating this standard and the impact on its financial accounting and reporting.

The company adopted the provisions of FASB Interpretation No. 48 “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes” (FIN No. 48) on January 1, 2007. Refer to Note 9 – Income taxes for additional information.

 

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This excerpt taken from the GCI 10-Q filed Aug 8, 2007.

NOTE 2 – Recently issued accounting standards

In September 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 157 “Fair Value Measurements” (SFAS No. 157). SFAS No. 157 establishes a common definition for fair value, creates a framework for measuring fair value, and expands disclosure requirements about such fair value measurements. SFAS No. 157 is effective for the company’s first quarter of 2008. Management is in the process of studying the impact of this standard on the company’s financial accounting and reporting.

In February 2007, the FASB issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 159 “The Fair Value Option for Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities” (SFAS No. 159). This statement is effective for the company at the beginning of fiscal year 2008. SFAS No. 159 provides companies with an option to report selected financial assets and liabilities at fair value. Additionally, SFAS No. 159 also established presentation and disclosure requirements designed to facilitate comparisons between companies that choose different measurement attributes for similar types of assets and liabilities. Management is currently evaluating this standard and the impact on its financial accounting and reporting.

The company adopted the provisions of FASB Interpretation No. 48 “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes” (FIN No. 48) on January 1, 2007. Refer to Note 9 – Income taxes for additional information.

 

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This excerpt taken from the GCI 10-Q filed May 11, 2007.

NOTE 2 – Recently issued accounting standards

In September 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 157 “Fair Value Measurements” (SFAS No. 157). SFAS No. 157 establishes a common definition for fair value, creates a framework for measuring fair value, and expands disclosure requirements about such fair value measurements. SFAS No. 157 is effective for the company’s first quarter of 2008. Management is in the process of studying the impact of this interpretation on the company’s financial accounting and reporting.

In February 2007, the FASB issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 159 “The Fair Value Option for Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities” (SFAS No. 159). This statement is effective for the company at the beginning of fiscal year 2008. SFAS No. 159 provides companies with an option to report selected financial assets and liabilities at fair value. Additionally, SFAS No. 159 also established presentation and disclosure requirements designed to facilitate comparisons between companies that choose different measurement attributes for similar types of assets and liabilities. Management is currently evaluating this standard and the impact on its financial accounting and reporting.

The company adopted the provisions of FASB Interpretation No. 48 “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes” (FIN No. 48) on January 1, 2007. Refer to Note 9 – Income taxes for additional information.

This excerpt taken from the GCI 10-Q filed Oct 27, 2006.

NOTE 2 – Recently issued accounting standards

In July 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Interpretation Number 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes (“FIN No. 48”), effective for Gannett’s first quarter of 2007. Under FIN No. 48, companies are required to make disclosures about uncertainties in their income tax positions, including a roll-forward analysis of tax benefits taken that do not qualify for financial statement recognition. Under FIN No. 48, the recognition of a tax benefit would only occur when it is “more-likely-than-not” that the position would be sustained upon examination. Management is in the process of studying the impact of this interpretation on the company’s financial accounting and reporting.

In September 2006, the FASB issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 158, Employers’ Accounting for Defined Benefit Pension and Other Postretirement Benefit Obligations, an amendment of FASB Statements No. 87, 88, 106 and 132(R) (“SFAS No. 158”). The standard requires companies to recognize in their balance sheets any over or under-funded benefit obligation of each defined benefit pension and other postretirement plan. The resulting balance sheet adjustment is offset by a corresponding adjustment to other comprehensive income, net of deferred tax effects. This change would apply to the company’s financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2006. The company anticipates being in an under-funded position as of year-end, which is the measurement date for its plans, and expects to record an additional liability of approximately $800 million and a related net of tax non-cash charge of approximately $500 million to “other comprehensive income”. At September 24, 2006 that charge would be approximately 6% of total shareholders’ equity.

This excerpt taken from the GCI 10-Q filed Jul 31, 2006.

NOTE 2 – Recently issued accounting standards

In July 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Interpretation Number 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes (“FIN No. 48”), effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2006. Under FIN No. 48, companies are required to make explicit disclosures about uncertainties in their income tax positions, including a detailed rollforward of tax benefits taken that do not qualify for financial statement recognition. Under FIN No. 48, the recognition of a tax benefit would only occur when it is “more-likely-than-not” that the position would be sustained in a dispute with the taxing authority in the “court of last resort.” Management is in the process of studying the impact of this interpretation on the company’s financial accounting and reporting.

This excerpt taken from the GCI 10-Q filed May 4, 2006.

NOTE 2 – Recently issued accounting standards

In March 2005, Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 107 (“SAB 107”) was issued which expressed views of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) regarding the interaction between Statement of Financial Accounting Standards Statement No. 123(R), (“SFAS No. 123(R)”) “Share-Based Payment” and certain SEC rules and regulations and provides the staff’s views regarding the valuation of share-based payment arrangements for public companies. The accounting provisions of SFAS No.123(R) were effective beginning in the company’s fiscal 2006 first quarter. The company adopted SFAS No. 123(R) using the modified prospective transition method in the first quarter of 2006. The impact of adoption of SFAS No. 123(R) was to reduce pre- tax operating results by $11.2 million ($7.0 million after-tax or $0.03 per basic and diluted share) in the first quarter of 2006.

This excerpt taken from the GCI 10-Q filed Oct 31, 2005.

2. Recently issued accounting standards

 

In March 2005, Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 107 (“SAB 107”) was issued which expressed views of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) regarding the interaction between Statement of Financial Accounting Standards Statement No. 123(R), (“SFAS No. 123(R)”) “Share-Based Payment” and certain SEC rules and regulations and provides the staff’s views regarding the valuation of share-based payment arrangements for public companies. The accounting provisions of SFAS No.123(R) are effective beginning in the company’s fiscal 2006 first quarter. Management has not determined which transition alternative it will elect upon adoption of SFAS No. 123(R). The impact of adoption of SFAS No. 123(R) will be to reduce operating results. Had SFAS No. 123(R) been applied in periods presented in this report, the impact of that standard would have approximated the impact of SFAS No. 123, “Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation”, as described in the disclosure of pro forma net income and earnings per share in Note 3 below.

 

In July 2005, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued an Exposure Draft of a proposed Interpretation, “Accounting for Uncertain Tax Positions – an Interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109”. The proposed Interpretation would apply to all open tax positions accounted for in accordance with FAS 109 (“Accounting for Income Taxes”), including those acquired in business combinations. Under the proposed Interpretation, the recognition of a tax benefit would occur when it is “probable” that the position would be sustained upon audit. The proposed Interpretation refers to FASB Statement No. 5, “Accounting for Contingencies”, definition of “probable” (i.e., that which is likely to occur), which represents a level of assurance that is substantially higher than “more likely than not”. The Board noted that, in determining if the “probable” threshold has been met, it should be assumed that the taxing authority will examine the tax position.

 

The proposed Interpretation differs from current rules, which allows for the recognition of a tax benefit if it is “more likely than not” that the position would be sustained upon audit.

 

The proposed Interpretation, as currently drafted, would be effective for fiscal years ending after December 15, 2005, though there is a possibility that this matter will be deferred for further study by the FASB. Management is in the process of studying the impact of this proposal on the company’s financial accounting and reporting.

 

This excerpt taken from the GCI 10-Q filed Aug 1, 2005.

2. Recently issued accounting standards

 

In March 2005, Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 107 (“SAB 107”) was issued which expressed views of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) regarding the interaction between Statement of Financial Accounting Standards Statement No. 123(R), (“SFAS No. 123(R)”) “Share-based Payment” and certain SEC rules and regulations and provides the staff’s views regarding the valuation of share-based payment arrangements for public companies. The accounting provisions of SFAS No.123(R) are effective beginning in the company’s fiscal 2006 first quarter. Management has not determined which transition alternative it will elect upon adoption of SFAS No. 123(R). The impact of adoption of SFAS No. 123(R) will be to reduce operating results. Had SFAS No. 123(R) been applied in periods presented in this report, the impact of that standard would have approximated the impact of SFAS No. 123 as described in the disclosure of pro forma net income and earnings per share in Note 3 below.

 

This excerpt taken from the GCI 10-Q filed Apr 29, 2005.

2. Recently issued accounting standards

 

In March 2005, Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 107 (“SAB 107”) was issued which expressed views of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) regarding the interaction between Statement of Financial Accounting Standards Statement No. 123(R), (“SFAS No. 123(R)”) “Share-based Payment” and certain SEC rules and regulations and provides the staff’s views regarding the valuation of share-based payment arrangements for public companies. The accounting provisions of SFAS No.123(R) are effective beginning in the company’s fiscal 2006 first quarter. Management has not determined which transition alternative it will elect upon adoption of SFAS No. 123(R). The impact of adoption of SFAS No. 123(R) will be to reduce operating results. Had SFAS No. 123(R) been applied in prior periods, the impact of that standard would have approximated the impact of SFAS No. 123 as described in the disclosure of pro forma net income and earnings per share in Note 3 below.

 

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