MediaNews Group Inc., Denver, is completing a shortlist search for a firm to serve as trustee and custodian to its newly consolidated $50 million pension plan, said Bruce Backer, director of benefits. MediaNews combined its three defined benefit plans at the end of 2003, Mr. Backer said. Incumbents Northern Trust, BankNorth and Wells Fargo, each of which was trustee and custodian for one of the previous three plans, all are being considered, he said. A selection is expected at the end of the month. Newly hired investment consultant Mercer Investment Consulting is assisting.