v3.19.3
Document and Entity Information - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 29, 2019
Nov. 08, 2019
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Sep. 29, 2019  
Entity Registrant Name McClatchy Company  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business true  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Shell Company false  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-29  
Entity Central Index Key 0001056087  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Amendment Flag false  
Common Class A    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   5,502,435
Common Class B    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   2,428,191