v3.19.1
Document and Entity Information - shares
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2019
May 03, 2019
Entity Registrant Name MCCLATCHY CO  
Entity Central Index Key 0001056087  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Mar. 31, 2019  
Amendment Flag false  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-29  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business true  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Common Class A    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   5,496,942
Common Class B    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   2,428,191